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Graduation 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017

Graduation 2017 Photos

Candid photographs were taken this weekend by university photographer and KWU alumnus, Tanner Colvin. You are welcome to download photos taken by Tanner. 


GradImages also took photos of every graduate during Commencement. Photos by GradImages are available for purchase and are now available to view and order by visiting

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All of the information you need to get ready for KWU Commencement Weekend, May 5–6, 2017, is right here at your fingertips: 

Online Graduation Book

For more information about Graduation Week 2017, please contact Jan Shirk at extension 4302 (785-833-4302).

Getting Ready to Graduate: "Salute to Graduates" - Wednesday, April 5 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Hauptli Student Center

This event provides a central location for all graduating students to take care of all their graduation needs, including check degree and financial aid status, pick up caps and gowns, get information about the graduation ceremonies, and more. Vendors, including Yotee's Bookstore and Jostens, will make graduation items available such as announcements, diploma frames, and class rings. Light refreshments will be served.

Honors and Recognition Dinner | Friday, May 5 | 6 p.m. | Muir Gymnasium


This program will be videotaped. Video will be available here after graduation weekend.

NEW THIS YEAR: All students receiving academic awards during the year will be recognized at this special dinner during Commencement week. Students may invite two guests to join them at no charge. Please RSVP by emailing, or by calling (785) 833-4332 by Friday, April 28, 2017. *This event replaces the Senior Picnic and Honors and Awards Convocation*

Baccalaureate Service | Saturday, May 6 | 11 a.m. | University United Methodist Church, next to campus - Claflin and Santa Fe Avenues

This program will be videotaped. A link to watch this service will be available here shortly after graduation weekend.

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 2017 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 soon after Commencement Weekend. 

Class of 2017 Formal Photo | Saturday, May 6 | 12 p.m. | Front Steps, Hall of the Pioneers

Graduates must be on the steps no later than 11:50 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony | Saturday, May 6 | 3 p.m. | Mabee Arena | Student Activities Center


Live Video Streaming Available

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 are encouraged to remain for the entire ceremony out of respect for all candidates being 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 require wheelchairs or have other limited mobility may also 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, immediately following the Commencement Ceremony at approximately 4:30 p.m.


Brenda McDaniel

KWU alumna Brenda McDaniel ’73 will deliver the keynote address to the Class of 2017 at the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. McDaniel is a retired educator who served in the Salina public school system for three decades. She was a middle-school teacher at Roosevelt-Lincoln and Lakewood middle schools, served as an instructional specialist for USD305, worked for two years as an educational consultant for the Smoky Hill Educational Service Center and has been adjunct professor for the Department of Teacher Education at Kansas Wesleyan.

Recognized as the Salina Master Teacher in 2002-03, McDaniel has also shared her time and talent volunteering in the community. She also was honored with the KWU Alumni Award in 2003. She has been active in the Salina community, serving on numerous boards, including the Greater Salina Community Foundation and the Salina Art Center, for which she was president in 1995-96. She is a longtime member of the Salina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

A Missouri native, McDaniel pursued a degree in history and sociology at KWU. She was president of Ahuru Black Sisters, a member of the Black American Student Union, a student counselor in the Black Perspectives Office, and was on the Constitutional Review Committee.

“My education at KWU prepared me to be able to relate to and work with many different people. The diverse environment we had here really helped me to go out and navigate the world successfully.”