Commencement


Kansas City Area May 2014 Commencement

Community of Christ Auditorium

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


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

Gary GullerThe keynote speaker will be Gary Guller, a record-setting mountaineer and a professional motivational and inspirational speaker. Guller was the leader of the largest cross-disability group to reach the Mt. Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet above sea level. He went on to scale the peak, reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on May 23, 2003, becoming the first person with one arm to climb to the summit. Guller has also competed in the grueling Marathon des Sables in Morocco, a six-day, 150-plus mile endurance race across the Sahara Desert. He was featured in the award-winning 2007 documentary, "Team Everest: A Himalayan Journey."  Guller's book, Make Others Greater -- From Mt. Everest to the Boardroom: Vital Lessons from Dynamic Innovators, Explorers and Everyday Heroes that Will Inspire the Way You Lead, was published exactly 10 years following his ascent of Mt. Everest.

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

Read the May 2014 Commencement Handbook for details on graduation attire and procedures.



Deborah FrettDeborah 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






Previous Kansas City Area Commencement Information

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