Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Date    May 17, 2018
Rehearsal  10:00 a.m. KCKCC Field House
Graduation Check-In  1:00 p.m. Lobby KCKCC Performing Arts Center
Graduation Ceremony  2:00 p.m. KCKCC Field House 

All students completing Graduation requirements are encouraged to participate in May 2017 graduation activities. However, graduating students who do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony must complete a “Release from Graduation” form in the Dean of Student Services office, TEC, or at the Leavenworth Center. 

For questions concerning the Graduation Ceremony or if your mailing address has changed since completion of your Degree Check, please contact the Graduation Specialist at 913-288-7519 or e-mail  

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Careers programs in the ceremony

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Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biology (AGS, AS)
Business (AS)
Chemistry (AA, AGS)
Computer Engineering Technology (AS)
Economics (AA)
Education, Elementary (AA)
Education, Secondary (AA)
Environmental Studies (AGS, AS) Exercise Science (AGS)
Fine Arts (AA)
Forensic Chemistry (AA, AGS, AS)
History (AA)
Journalism (AA)
Music (AA)
Music Technology (AGS)
Philosophy (AA) Physics/Physical Science (AGS, AS)
Political Science (AA)
Sociology (AA)
Theatre (AA)
Theatre Technology (AGS)
Victim/Survivor Services (AA) 

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Agriculture (AGS, AS)
Pre-Chiropractic (AGS, AS)
Pre-Dental (AGS, AS)
Pre-Engineering (AGS, AS)
Pre-Exercise Science (AS)
Pre-Law (AA)
Pre-Medical (AGS, AS) Pre-Medical Technology (AGS, AS)
Pre-Allied Health & Nursing (AS) 
Pre-Nutrition (AGS, AS)
Pre-Occupational Therapy (AS)
Pre-Optometry (AGS, AS)
Pre-Pharmacy (AGS, AS) Pre-Physical Therapy (AS)
Pre-Public Administration (AA)
Pre-Radiologic Technology (AS)
Pre-Respiratory Therapy (AS)
Pre-Social Work (AA)
Pre-Sports Mgmt. (AA)
Pre-Veterinary (AGS, AS)

Graduation Information

Graduation Fee

A graduation processing fee of $20.00 is required even if students do not participate in the Graduation ceremony. The fee may be paid in the Business Office or online at The Graduation Fee must be paid before your cap and gown can be picked up.

Graduation Photos

Professional Graduation Photos will be available for individual graduates by Egans Photography at the following KCKCC locations:

Pioneer Career Center
April 10th
9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Main Campus
April 11th
8:00 am – 7:00 pm

April 12th
8:00 am – 7:00 pm

April 14th
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In addition, photographs will be taken of each graduate as they are receiving their diploma during the Graduation Ceremonies. Photos may be purchased after a proof / order form is mailed to the graduations’ home address following the Graduation ceremonies. There is no obligation to purchase these photos.

Cap & Gown - Graduation Announcements 

Cap and gown distribution will begin April 17, 2018 - May 17, 2018 through the KCKCC Bookstore during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Caps and Gowns will also be available during the Bookstore's Book Buy Back Event May 8-14, 2018. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.  The Bookstore is located on the lower level of the Jewell Student Center. Sizing availability of caps and gowns will be on a first come, first serve basis. Exact sizing cannot be guaranteed on the final days of distribution. Caps and gowns will be delivered to the Pioneer Career Center. Contact them early with your cap and gown size. 

Souvenir tassels may be purchased for $5.95 at the Bookstore.

The Bookstore offers Graduation Announcements for sale. For questions regarding class rings or personalized announcements please visit Jostens’ website at

Honor Cord

Associate Degree seeking Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 graduating students with a 3.40 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a gold honor cord at check-in before the Graduation ceremony. Honors are awarded for completed coursework. All Honors are based on the Fall 2016 Semester. July 2017 Summer candidates who participate will not receive honors recognition at the Graduation ceremony. Honors students who do not attend the Graduation Ceremony will receive their honor cords by mail with their diplomas.

Military Affiliated Graduation Cord

Recipients of the red, white, and blue graduation cord are active-duty service members, veterans of the U.S. military, and spouses or dependent family members of active-duty service members and veterans. Students should contact KCKCC - Pioneer Career Center 913-288-7750. Military graduation cords will be distributed during Graduation check-in. Any questions please call Marcia Irvine at the Pioneer Career Center 913-288-7751.


Reserved seating is available at the graduation ceremony for audience members who require accommodations due to a medical disability. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.  The area will be identified with “Reserved Seating” signs. If you have guests who meet the criteria for reserved seating, instruct them to arrive early to ensure seating. Individuals who require additional accommodations, i.e. sign language interpreting, should contact the Academic Resource Center at 913-288-7670 V/TDD to request needed services.

Honors Education

Students who are graduating as an Honors Education Graduate (have completed required amount of honors tutorials and honors courses) must register with the Director of Honors Education in order to have this distinction noted in the Commencement Program and on their academic transcript by April 10, 2018, Room 3600; 913-288-7190.

Phi Theta Kappa Stoles

Graduating students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa are permitted to wear Phi Theta Kappa stoles and tassels at Graduation. These students must register with the Phi Theta Kappa Director in order to have this distinction noted in the Commencement Program by April 10, 2018, Room 3600; 913-288-7190. The cost for the stole and tassel is $35.00 and must also be purchased by April 10, 2018 in Room 3600. 

Degree Check

All Degree candidates for graduation must complete a Degree Check in the Student Advising Center (SAC) by March 18, 2017.  Please contact the SAC at 913-288-7696 to make an appointment if you have not had a degree check. Completion of Degree Checks by March 18, 2017, will ensure name placement in the graduation ceremony program. F1 Visa students must notify the Director of Admissions of their intent to graduate.

Summer 2017 graduation candidates may participate in the May 2017 ceremony only if the student is early enrolled in summer courses by April 15, 2017. Summer candidates must be within nine (9) credit hours of completing degree requirements and must have a degree check completed by April, 15, 2017.

All Associate Degree candidates must complete the Exit Exam in order to receive their diploma. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately 6 to 8 weeks following the Graduation Ceremony to the address listed by the student on their Degree Check. You may update your address by completing the Student Update Form at the front desk in the Admissions and records Office, or through your Student WebAdvisor account.

Share Your Success Story

Are you making history for your family by being the first to graduate from college? Are you and a parent and or a sibling or spouse graduating together? Are you graduating and you are over 65 years of age? Do you have a unique story about your journey to graduate at KCKCC?

Please share your story by e-mailing to Your success story will be given to the President of Kansas City Kansas Community College for possible mention at the Graduation Ceremony.

KCKCC Alumni Association

KCKCC is proud to announce the launch of the official KCKCC Alumni Association! Joining the Alumni Association is easy and FREE! Visit to register. Once you have registered, a membership card will be mailed to you.

Benefits of your basic membership include:

  • Alumni & Friends Newsletter
  • 25% discount on non-credit offerings
  • FREE admittance to Thursday night performances by KCKCC Theatre Program
  • Reduced Gate Fee ($3) at KCKCC Blue Devil Athletic Events
  • KCKCC ALUMNI vinyl window cling.

For additional information contact Tami Bartunek, or 913-288-7166.

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