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Spring Commencement 2020

Commencement Information

What You Need to Know

To help you prepare for Commencement, detailed information for both graduates and their guests is provided. Follow the links below to find more information.

For Graduates

For Guests

Cap and Gown Pick Up

April 2

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Student Activities Center

After this time, caps and gowns can be picked up in the K-Dub Hub until Friday, May 1. 

Order Your Announcements

If you wish to purchase graduation announcements, you may order them from CB Announcements or another company of your choice. You may also make your own.

If you choose to make your own, official KWU logos are available from the Marketing Communications Office. Contact Amanda Colgrove by emailing or calling (785) 833-4345.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Senior Reception & Awards Ceremony 

6:30 p.m.–Friday, May 8

Doors open at 6:10 p.m. - RSVP at

Celebrate the Class of 2020 with special academic awards from esteemed faculty, and enjoy refreshments and desserts. 

Muir Gym, Student Activities Center

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

9:00 a.m.–Saturday, May 9

Fitzpatrick Auditorium in Sams Hall of Fine Arts

Baccalaureate Service

11:00 a.m.–Saturday, May 9

University United Methodist Church

Line-up for Procession begins at 10:30 a.m. in the first floor hallway of the Hall of Pioneers

Class Photo

12:00 p.m.–Saturday, May 9

Front Steps of the Hall of Pioneers

SPECIAL NOTE: Graduates must be on the steps no later than 11:50 a.m. in order to participate in this photo. Please be prompt! Copies of the photo will be available from the university’s online photo website shortly after Commencement. To better allow families to enjoy the commencement ceremony and ensure the safety of all guests in the arena, a professional photographer will take the photos of all graduates as they receive their MBA hood and/or diploma from the President. All graduates will be able to download their FREE and PROFESSIONAL graduation photos within days of the ceremony. Information on how to do that will be posted on this page in the days following the ceremony. 

Special Luncheon With 2020 Commencement Speaker, Mr. Michael Gonzales

12:30 p.m.–Saturday, May 9

Salina Country Club


3:00 p.m.–Saturday, May 9

Mabee Arena in the Student Activities Center

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Line-up for Procession begins at 2:30 p.m. in Sams Chapel, the Hall of Pioneers

Commencement Reception

4:30 p.m.–Saturday, May 9

Muir Gym, Student Activities Center

Graduation Requirements

To participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremony, eligible graduates should complete the graduation application.

Complete the Graduation Application

Each degree candidate is personally responsible for completing all steps (exams, exit interviews, etc.) as required for graduation from Kansas Wesleyan University. All outstanding debts to the university must be paid in the Business Office prior to graduation. Stop by the Business Office and ask for a "Refund Request Form." Refunds of you general deposit will be made after deduction of any unpaid charges. Please refer to the official university catalog for additional information.

2020 Commencement Speaker:
Michael P. Gonzales

Michael Gonzales ’84 will be this year’s Kansas Wesleyan University commencement speaker. Gonzales, a member of the KWU Board of Trustees, is a businessman with over 25 years of executive-level experience in leading organizational change. He worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in numerous high-ranking roles. In his 30-plus years at the USDA, he was instrumental in leading the innovation of various transformational programs including workforce planning, workload management analysis and performance management that earned recognition as some of the premiere programs in the federal government. He also earned recognition for developing the most comprehensive strategic plan in the USDA. During his career, Gonzales has led organizations of over 2,000 employees, administered budgets of over $2 billion and implemented and designed policies that led to positive nationwide-level effects. He retired in 2017.

Gonzales also served 21 years in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves, serving as an Airborne Ranger Intelligence Officer.  During his military career, he served and commanded at the tactical, operational, strategic and joint-services levels. 

Gonzales graduated from KWU in 1984 with a degree in business administration and a concentration in economics. He earned his master’s degree from American University in 2000. He currently serves as a Senior Consultant - Human Resources and Organizational Change for Savantage Solutions in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to his role on KWU’s Board of Trustees, he  also serves on the Board of Directors for Mercy & Truth Medical Missions, a non-profit that provides health care to the uninsured and under-served in the Kansas City area. He and his wife, Wendy live in Overland Park, Kan. and have three daughters: Taylor, Casey, and Kolbi, all of whom are collegiate student-athletes.