Commencement


Kansas City Area December 2014 Commencement

Community of Christ Auditorium

Saturday, December 13, 11 a.m.
Community of Christ Auditorium
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050


The Kansas City Area December 2014 Commencement ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo., on Saturday, December 13, 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.

Read the December 2014 Commencement Handbook for a schedule of events, information on the ceremony, caps and gowns, photographs, directions to the auditorium, DVD order form and other pertinent information.

Terry BasshamThe keynote speaker will be Terry Bassham, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light Co. Prior to being named to his current position in June 2012, Bassham served as KCP&L’s executive vice president of finance and strategic development and chief financial officer, and most recently as executive vice president of utility operations. He was instrumental in leading KCP&L through its comprehensive energy plan, an ambitious initiative that included building 100 megawatts of wind power, installing environmental retrofits at several generating facilities and constructing KCP&L’s Iatan (Mo.) Generation Station Unit 2, an 850-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Bassham also helped transform KCP&L’s business through the sale of Strategic Energy and the acquisition of Aquila, which doubled the company’s workforce and significantly increased its service territory.

Before joining KCP&L in March 2005, Bassham served as executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer for El Paso (Texas) Electric Co. where he oversaw the financial, treasury, regulatory and administrative functions. He joined EPEC in 1996 as general counsel with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and corporate governance.

Active in the Kansas City area community, Bassham serves on several boards, including Guadalupe Centers Inc., the Kansas City Symphony, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Linda Hall Library and win/win, an initiative of Central Exchange.

Bassham earned a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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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




Previous Kansas City Area Commencement Information


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