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Graduation and Commencement Ceremony

 2024 Commencement Ceremony

For all degrees and certificates 
May 16, 2024 | 1 p.m.
Children's Mercy Park (Home of Sporting KC)

Commencement exercises are held each May. Students completing all degree requirements for the previous fall or current spring semesters are eligible in participate in commencement. Summer candidates who are within nine (9) credit hours of completing degree requirements and enrolled in the necessary courses to complete degree requirement are also eligible to participate.

The deadline to request to attend the commencement ceremony is Friday, May 10, 2024.

Ceremony Details

Only individuals with tickets in hand will be allowed into the Children's Mercy Park. Doors open an hour before the ceremony, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is often a line to enter the building ahead of the opening time. This is a gun-free zone, and all persons will be scanned. For the quickest movement through the line minimize what you bring with you into the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live streamed as well.


Reserved seating is available at the graduation ceremony for audience members who require accommodation due to a physical disability. 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 a place. Sign language interpreters and real time captioning will be provided during the ceremony. 

Individuals who require additional accommodations should contact Student Accessibility and Support Services at 913-288-7664 to request needed services.

Graduation Fee

As a reminder, a graduation fee is required even if students do not participate in the commencement ceremony.  All first-time candidates are assessed a $20 graduation fee, or $8 if this is a succeeding application. To pay the fee go to Self-Service and make a payment under the Student Finance section. Please contact the Business Office at 913-288-7620,, or visit their office at 3260 Upper Jewell on the main campus. You cannot pick up your cap and gown until the graduation fee has been paid. 

Ceremony RSVP and Guest Tickets

Information on how to RSVP and requests tickets will be announced during the spring 2024 semester. 

Cap and Gowns

Cap and gowns will be available beginning during the Spring Semester in April at the following locations:

KCKCC Main Campus Bookstore

Distribution will be during the business hours of Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The bookstore is located on the lower level of the Jewell Student Center.

Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center

Distribution will be during the business hours of Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pioneer Career Center

Students must visit the front office to order their cap & gown. Orders will be available within two business days for pick-up at the Pioneer Career Center. Please contact 913-288-7750 or for pick-up confirmation.

Sizing and Availability

Sizing and availability of cap and gowns will be on a first come, first serve basis. Exact sizing cannot be guaranteed on the final days of distribution.

Graduation Gift Items and Keepsakes

Graduation gift items and keepsakes will be sold separately in the bookstore such as commemorative tassels, “bling” tassels for $8.95, and keychain tassels for $4.95, along with graduation announcements in packages of five (5) for $5.95.

For questions regarding class rings or personalized announcements please visit Josten’s website at

Graduation Photos

Professional graduation photos will be available for individual graduates by Egans Photography around time of graduation.

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 graduate's home address following the graduation ceremonies. There is no obligation to purchase these photos.

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