Class of 2021 Commencement Central

Kansas City Schedule

As of May 3, 2021

(All times and locations are subject to change)

Note: Attendance at all Commencement activities is required of all graduates (except those noted “By Invitation Only”) Students who would like to be excused from attending any activity, please submit this form for review and approval by your dean.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

10 a.m.

Virtual Financial Aid Presentation
Attendance required for graduates bearing student debt. (Link provided in email communications.)

5:30 p.m.

COM/MBA Dual Degree Dinner
KC and Joplin dual-degree graduates (by invitation only)
Location: Boulevard Brewery, Muehlebach Suite

5:30 – 7 p.m.

MedCorps Reception
Military graduates (by invitation only)
Location: Skyline Terrace, Center for Medical Education Innovation

Friday, May 7, 2021

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Attire Distribution
Location: Student Academic Center

We have moved the location of attire pick-up from Kesselheim Center to the Academic Center. Rather than “drive-thru” at Kesselheim Center, you will come inside the Academic Center to pick up attire. You may park in the covered garage to the north of the new Center for Medical Education Innovation (CMEI). In order to manage traffic flow, we ask that you follow the alphabetic pick-up timeline provided below. The campus may have changed some since you were here last, so please reference this campus map to access the parking garage. (Access the campus entrance from Independence by going north on The Paseo, and then east on Missouri Avenue.)

College of Biosciences

Arrival Window               First Letter of Last Name

9:00-9:30                          A – G
9:30-10:00                        H – M
10:00-10:30                      N – Z

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Arrival Window              First Letter of Last Name

10:30-11:00                     A – B
11:00-11:30                     C
11:30-12:00                     D – G
12:00-12:30                     H – K
12:30-1:00                       L – M
1:00-1:30                         N – R
1:30-2:00                         S
2:00-2:30                         T – Z

KCU requires that anyone entering campus successfully complete the Health Screening and wear a mask at all times.

2 – 2:30 p.m.

Military Commissioning Rehearsal
Attendance required for all Military graduates.
Location: Municipal Auditorium

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Location: All events on Saturday take place at Municipal Auditorium, 301 West 13th Street, KCMO.

Parking: In your attire package, you will receive one parking validation ticket to park in the Barney Allis parking garage at 1237 Central Street, across the street to the north of Municipal Auditorium. If the garage says it is “full” please note that this does not apply to those with validations and you may still park there. Additional lots and garages may be found throughout downtown here. If you requested handicapped parking for a guest, please have them check in with University Security at 13th and Central.

8 a.m.

Municipal Auditorium doors open for guests

8:30 a.m.

All graduates and guest hooders are seated

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony

Download the program

Link to Kansas City ceremony live stream

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