Park University Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10 a.m.Cable Dahmer Arena19100 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64055

Video: Park University’s announcement of moving the ceremony to Cable Dahmer Arena

Important AnnouncementEffective with the 2022-23 academic year, Park University will host a single Kansas City area commencement ceremony. Graduates from Park’s Kansas City area campuses, as well as those from the University’s other campuses across the country and online are encouraged to participate. (Note: Campuses outside of Kansas City will continue to host individual commencement ceremonies). Details about the ceremony will be sent closer to the event to the graduates’ Park e-mail address and will be posted here and in MyPark.

Students who previously indicated a desire to participate in the cancelled December 2022 ceremony have been placed on the program for the May 2023 ceremony. If your plans to participate change, please e-mail no later than March 15, 2023.

For those unable to attend in-person, the ceremony will be livestreamed at

May 2023 Commencement Handbook

Josh RowlandJosh Rowland, Ph.D., J.D., provided the keynote address. Rowland is the chief executive officer and vice chairman of Lead Bank, a community-minded, independent commercial bank headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.


Dr. Adelaida SeversonAdelaida Severson, Ph.D., the president and chief executive officer of Bushtex Inc., an international satellite communications firm based in Gilbert, Ariz., presented the December 2021 Commencement keynote address.

Vince ClarkVince Clark, vice president of business development and chief corporate affairs officer at Creative Planning LLC, an independent financial advisory firm in Overland Park, Kan., presented the keynote address for the May 2021 Commencement, held virtually on May 8.

NOTE: The program only includes the names of graduates who selected to participate in the virtual commencement program.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Park University hosted a virtual all-University commencement ceremony for May and December 2020 graduates from across the country on December 12, in collaboration with graduation technology partners StageClip and MarchingOrder.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Anthony Melchiorri, a 1990 Park graduate and U.S. military veteran, and the host, co-creator and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” series of shows.

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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