Graduation 2015

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Congratulations, graduates of the Class of 2015! Kansas Wesleyan University Commencement Weekend, May 8-9, will be here before you know it. Here is a quick run-down of the weekend's events:

Friday, May 8, 2015

* 5 p.m. - KWU Senior Picnic for graduates and families

* 7 p.m. - KWU Honors and Awards Convocation - Sams Chapel, in The Hall of the Pioneers

Saturday, May 9, 2015

* 11 a.m. - KWU Baccalaureate Service - University United Methodist Church, corner of Santa Fe Avenue and Claflin Ave.

* 3 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony - Mabee Arena, in the Student Activities Center

All of the information you need to get ready for those two special days is right at your fingertips in the KWU 2015 Graduation Online Book

For more information about the 2015 graduation, please contact Jan Shirk at extension 1225.


The Commencement speaker for May 2015 will be Dr. David L. Fancher, Class of 1964. After earning his doctorate in Solid State Science from Penn State University, Dr. Fancher returned to Kansas Wesleyan for 15 years, serving as associate professor of Physics (1969-78), dean of Students (1978-1981) and vice president of Academic Affairs (1981-1984). Today, he and his wife Patty live in Bluffton, SC.

Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - "Salute to Graduates" in the Hauptli Student Center (SAC)

This is an open-house style event for graduating students to pick up your cap and gown, get information about the graduation ceremonies, and more. Vendors, including Yotee's Bookstore, will make available graduation items such as announcements, diploma frames and class rings, and an opportunity to contribute to the Class Gift Program. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary, just stop by.

Click here for a printable KWU Salute to Grads Brochure

Click here for a list of Candidates* for participation in the May 2015 Commencement Ceremonies. 

*This is not an official list of degree recipients; it is only a list of graduation candidates. Students who believe they should be eligible to complete their degree requirements by the end of July 2015 and are not on this list should contact Student Services (Pioneer Hall room 285).

KWU Senior Picnic - Friday, May 8, 2015 - starting at 5 p.m. - Student Activities Center Patio

Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Trustees are invited to join our 2015 graduation candidates and their families at our annual Senior Picnic! Food lines in the Hauptli Student Center, inside the Student Activities Center, with both indoor and outdoor seating. All attendees, including students and family members, please RSVP by April 30. Click here to reserve your place.

KWU Honors and Awards Convocation - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 7 p.m. in Sams Chapel

President Matt Thompson, Provost Cummings and members of the KWU community will convene to honor and congratulate the recipients of awards granted by academic departments and programs, as well as by SGA (Student Government Association). Invitations to Award Honorees will be placed in campus mailboxes between April 20 and 24, 2015. Awardees are welcome to invite as many family members and other guests as they wish. The public is invited to attend.

KWU Baccalaureate Service - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 11 a.m. in University United Methodist Church, next to campus - Claflin and Santa Fe Avenues

Baccalaureate is a service of worship for the graduating class, their families, faculty, administration, staff, trustees, and friends. It is a traditional time of seeding the presence and power of God at a unique moment in the graduate’s life. The term “baccalaureate” also is the name of the degree colleges and universities confer as a bachelor’s degree. Sometimes a degree is referenced as being at the “baccalaureate” level. A Class of 2015 photo will be taken on the front steps of The Hall of the Pioneers immediately following the Baccalaureate service. Copies of the photo will be available for purchase from the University’s online photo website shortly after Commencement.

KWU Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 3 p.m. in Mabee Arena, in the Student Activities Center

Open seating in the area designated for guests will be on a first-come, first served basis. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the graduates’ family members and friends. Guests should not leave until the entire ceremony is completed and all candidates have been recognized. Commencement programs will be distributed to guests as they arrive for the ceremony. Parking is available within walking distance of the arena. Parking spaces reserved for disabled persons should be used only by those vehicles with the proper tag. Commencement guests who are wheelchair-bound or who have physical limitations should use the elevator located at the south side of Hauptli Student Center and proceed across Brown Mezzanine and through the arena doors for viewing from the upper level deck. The Graduation Reception will be held in Muir Gym, next door to Mabee Arena, following the end of the Commencement Ceremony at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Click the links below to view the preliminary Commencement Seating Chart and Marching Order: (final versions posted here by Friday May 8)