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April 2 Update: Due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus, KWU administration consulted with the Class of 2020 to determine alternate options for May's scheduled commencement ceremony. We are pleased to announce that, after tabulating the senior class' survey responses, the traditional commencement has been scheduled for August 15, 2020. We look forward to celebrating with our graduates and their families!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (785) 833-4345.
To participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremony, eligible graduates should 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.