Kansas City Area December 2016 Commencement

Community of Christ AuditoriumSaturday, December 10, 11 a.m.
Community of Christ Auditorium
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050

The Kansas City Area December 2016 Commencement ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 10, 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 December 2016 Commencement Handbook for a general schedule of events, information on the ceremony, caps and gowns, photographs, directions to the auditorium, live broadcast and other pertinent information.

For family/friends of graduates who are unable to attend Commencement, the ceremony will be live streamed for free via the University's video portal.

Bob KendrickThe event will include 454 Park University students eligible to graduate and participate in the ceremony — 209 students will receive a master’s degree and/or graduate certificate, and 245 students will receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree and/or undergraduate certificate. Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a 1985 graduate of Park University, will present the keynote address. Read more about Kendrick at

Previous Kansas City Area Commencement Ceremonies

Dr. Greg GundersonMay 2016 Commencement

The keynote speaker for the May 2016 Kansas City Area Commencement was Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., president of Park University.
          •  News release announcing the graduates
          •  Gunderson's keynote address