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Commencement Guests


Navigating Campus

If you are unfamiliar with campus, please consult the campus map to help find buildings and parking areas.

Campus Map

Visiting Salina

The Salina community has many options for dining and entertainment during your visit. Find out more at Visit Salina. In addition, several hotels offer discounts to KWU visitors. Consider one of these options during your stay.

If you plan to fly to Kansas to attend Commencement Weekend, Salina Regional Airport now offers service from Denver and Chicago.

Commencement Videos

The university plans to live-stream video of the Commencement ceremony on KKWU's YouTube channel. Videos of Baccalaureate and the Graduation Celebration Dinner will be available online within a week of the event. 

Commencement Photos

A Class of 2018 photo will be taken on the front steps of the Hall of Pioneers immediately following the Baccalaureate service. Graduates must be on the steps no later than 11:50 a.m. Copies of the photo will be available for purchase from the university’s online photo website shortly after Commencement. Guests will be allowed to take photographs or videotape in the designated photo area next to the stage. Guests should return to their seats as soon as they have photographed their graduates to allow others the same opportunity. Check for candids three weeks after graduation and for photo buying options.


Open seating in the area designated for guests will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The arena doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the graduates' family members and friends. Out of courtesy for all graduates, guests should not leave until the entire ceremony is completed and all candidates have been recognized.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating will be available in Mabee Arena in the reserved floor seating area. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate as many family members and friends with disabilities as possible in the reserved seating area, individuals needing accessible seating will be permitted to have one companion accompany them into the accessible seating section. Ushers will be available to assist guests.

Kansas Wesleyan will make every effort to accommodate parents and guests, however accessible seating is limited and advanced planning is strongly encouraged.


Parking is available within walking distance of the arena. Please do not park in the parking spaces reserved for disabled persons unless you have the proper tag.


Commencement programs will be distributed to guests at the arena as they arrive for the ceremony.