Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.
Community of Christ Auditorium
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050

auditoriumStudents are asked to arrive no later than 9 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.

Graduates, family and friends should review the May 2018 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.

The keynote speaker for the May 2018 commencement ceremony will be Gwendolyn Grant, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and a 1994 graduate of Park University.


The University is seeking talented students to perform the National Anthem and/or the Park Alma Mater at the commencement ceremony. Auditions will be held Wednesday, March 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. To be eligible, you must be a currently enrolled Park University student in the Kansas City area. Audition forms (due by Wednesday, March 21) and more information can be found at For questions, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.