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Commencement 2021

Commencement Information

Class Photo & More

A Class of 2021 photo will be taken immediately following the Commencement Ceremony at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center on May 15.  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 cross the stage. All graduates will be able to download their FREE and PROFESSIONAL graduation photos. 

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

Graduation Finale

April 7 -- Brown Mezzanine, Student Activities Center, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Caps, gowns, hoods (if applicable) and any honor cords earned will be distributed in the Graduation Celebration Boxes at the Graduation Finale, along with information for all graduates about the Spring Commencement. Be sure to bring these in May! A marching order will be distributed at graduation.

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 the MARCOM office at or by calling (785) 833-4345.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Baccalaureate Service – Held Virtually

2 p.m. – Sunday, May 9 (NOTE: The link to the event will be posted here in the weeks leading up to Baccalaureate)

Nurses Pinning Ceremony

5:30 p.m. – Friday, May 14, Mabee Arena

Commencement Line of March Formation

10:00 a.m. – Saturday, May 15, Tony’s Pizza Events Center Concourse

Commencement Ceremony

10:30 a.m. – Saturday, May 15, Tony’s Pizza Events Center Arena

Class of 2021 Photo

Noon – Saturday, May 15, at Tony’s Pizza Events Center

Graduation Requirements

To participate in the 2021 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.

2021 Commencement Speaker:
Ms. Montric C. Santee '12