Commencement


Kansas City Area May 2015 Commencement

Community of Christ Auditorium

Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.
Community of Christ Auditorium
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050


The Kansas City Area May 2015 Commencement ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo., on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. Students are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to register and prepare for the ceremony. There are no restrictions as to the number of guests you may invite. Please note that the ceremony usually lasts about two hours.

View a map of the Independence, Mo., area.

Please review the May 2015 Commencement Handbook for a general schedule of events, information on the ceremony, caps and gowns, photographs, directions to the auditorium, live broadcast/DVDs and other pertinent information.

For family/friends of graduates who are unable to attend Commencement, the ceremony will be live streamed for free at
http://portal.stretchinternet.com/parkadmin/portal.htm?eventId=213634&streamType=video.


Bob MarcusseBob Marcusse, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Area Development Council, will provide the keynote address  More than 555 Park University students are eligible to graduate — 185 students will receive a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 372 students will receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.

Marcusse, who joined the KCADC in 1991, has an extensive background in domestic and international corporate attraction, business growth and retention, and regional marketing. He has spear¬headed major growth initiatives in the region such as the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, KC Animal Health Corridor, KC SmartPort, and KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City. During his tenure, KCADC, along with its state and local partners, have attracted companies and have helped expand and create companies that have created more than 60,000 direct new jobs and added more than $8 billion in capital investment to the 18-county, bistate Kansas City region. Read more about Marcusse at www.park.edu/news/2015/04/marcusse-keynote-may-2015-commencement.html.

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Terry BasshamThe keynote speaker for the December 2014 Kansas City Area Commencement was Terry Bassham, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light Co.
          •  Commencement program, including the list of graduates
          •  News release announcing the graduates
          •  Photos posted to University's Flickr account  /  Photos posted to University's Facebook page
          •  Bassham's keynote address, as well as videos from the ceremony, will be posted soon.








Previous Kansas City Area Commencement Information


May 2014 Commencement
Gary GullerGary Guller, a record-setting mountaineer and a professional motivational and inspirational speaker, was the keynote speaker at the May 2014 commencement ceremony.
          •  Read Guller's keynote address
          •  Commencement program, including the list of graduates
          •  Photos from the ceremony
          •  Video of ROTC commissioning ceremony for 2nd Lt. Adam Hix
          •  Photos from the International Sash Ceremony on May 9
          •  Photos from the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony on May 9


December 2013 Commencement
Deborah Frett Deborah L. Frett, chief executive officer of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, was the keynote speaker at the December 2013 commencement ceremony. Frett's bio
Read Frett’s keynote address
View a list of the graduates
Photos from the ceremony
Video of ROTC commissioning ceremony for 2nd Lt. Constance Suzan Agregaard
Video of Joshua Watson singing Park University’s alma mater and the commencement recessional


May 2013 Commencement
John MillerThe Kansas City Area May 2013 Commencement ceremony was held at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo., on May 11. Approximately 390 Park University students received undergraduate or associate degrees or undergraduate certificates, and approximately 190 students received graduate degrees or graduate certificates. John E. Miller, a retired lieutenant general who served nearly 35 years in the U.S. Army, provided the keynote address.

December 2012 Commencement
Peter deSilvaThe Kansas City Area December 2012 Commencement ceremony was held at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo., on Dec. 15. Approximately 290 Park University students received undergraduate or associate degrees or undergraduate certificates, and approximate 145 students received graduate degrees or graduate certificates. Peter deSilva, president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corp., provided the keynote address.

May 2012 Commencement
Sly JamesThe Kansas City Area May 2012 Commencement ceremony was held at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo., on May 12. Approximately 190 students received graduate degrees or graduate certificates and approximately 250 students received undergraduate or associate degrees or undergraduate certificates. Sly James, mayor of Kansas City, Mo., presented the keynote address.
December 2011 Commencement


May 2011 Commencement


December 2010 Commencement


May 2010 Commencement


December 2009 Commencement