Graduation

Graduation / Commencement Ceremony

KCKCC’S Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 21 is CANCELLED. While this was a very difficult decision, it as made to help ensure you and your family members' health and limit the possibility of the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately 8 weeks after the end of the semester.

Ceremony Information

The ceremony for those students who have earned an Associate in Science, Associate in Arts or Associate in General Studies will be at 2:00 p.m. Graduate check-in begins at 1:00 p.m.

The ceremony for those students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science or Certificate will be at 7:00 p.m. Graduate check-in begins at 6:00 p.m.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the graduation rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in the KCKCC Field House to receive important information.

Students who have completed all requirements in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or who are within nine hours of completing degree requirements in Summer 2020 are eligible to participate in commencement exercises.

Degree Check

TEC Certificate candidates must complete a certificate check with a TEC counselor or advisor. TEC candidates should call 913-288-7812 and state which program you are completing to schedule an appointment with the appropriate counselor or advisor.

Career Program candidates must complete a certificate check by contacting your Program Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Completion of all the Certificate Checks by March 31, 2020, will ensure name placement in the graduation ceremony program.

All associate degree candidates for graduation must complete a Degree Check in the Student Success Center by March 31, 2020 will ensure name placement in the graduation ceremony program. Please contact the Student Success Center at 913-288-7696 to make an appointment, if you have not had a degree check.

All student must complete a degree check to be eligible to attend the ceremony.

Summer 2020 graduation candidates may participate in the May 2020 ceremony only if the student is early enrolled in summer courses by April 15, 2020. Summer candidates must be within nine (9) credit hours of completing degree requirements and must have a degree check completed by March 31, 2020.

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 www.kckcc.edu. The Graduation Fee must be paid before your cap and gown can be picked up.

Cap and Gown Distribution

Cap and gown distribution will begin April 13 – May 19, 2020 at the KCKCC Main Campus Bookstore during store hours. Store hours are: Monday & Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Wednesday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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 day of distribution.

Caps and gowns will also be available for pickup, at KCKCC’s Leavenworth campus. Contact them early with your cap and gown size. Please bring your Student I.D.

Souvenir tassels, key chains and graduation announcements, will be available at the Main Campus Bookstore for sale.

For questions regarding class rings, please visit Jostens website at www.jostens.com.

Graduation Photos

  • PCC: Wednesday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • TEC: Thursday, April 2 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Main Campus: Wednesday, April 8 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Lower Jewell Student Center
  • Main Campus: Thursday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Lower Jewell Student Center
  • Main Campus: Graduation Day: Thursday, May 21 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse Foyer

Accommodations

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 Student Accessibility and Support Services at (913) 288-7664 to request needed services.

Graduation Safety Protocol

Graduation at Kansas City Kansas Community College is quickly approaching, and plans are already underway for the annual celebration.

There will be two commencement ceremonies, both on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave. Commencement participants must attend the ceremony that corresponds with the certificate or degree that they have earned. Seating at both ceremonies is on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open one hour prior to the commencement ceremony.  Reserved seating is available for those who require accommodations due to a medical disability.

Security Screening

KCKCC will use metal detector screening for everyone entering the Field House. All items, including clear bags and clutch purses, are subject to search at the entrance of the Field House. KCKCC is asking that everyone remove items from their pockets during the security check in process prior to approaching the metal detectors. This includes removing billfolds, cell phones, keys, change, etc. These measures will likely increase time necessary to enter the event, so please take that into account when deciding on an arrival time. In an effort to enhance safety and expedite entrance to the Field House, KCKCC utilizes a clear bag guideline.

Clear tote bags that do not exceed 12" x 12" x 6" and one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be allowed. In addition, small handheld clutch purses no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” will be permitted. No other bags will be allowed inside the Field House. No items can be left or stored at the gates. Questions about graduation safety protocol can be directed to KCKCC Police Department at 913-288-7636.

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