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Spring Graduation 2019

Commencement Information

2019 Fall Graduate Recognition Ceremony Information

Class Photo & More

A Class of 2019 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 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. 

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 4. Stanton Conference Room, Hall of Pioneers.

Caps, gowns, and information for all graduates will be distributed by the Registrar's Office (Stanton Conference Room) on April 4. After that, they can be picked up in the K-Dub Hub by May 3. 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 Amanda Colgrove by emailing or calling (785) 833-4345.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Senior Reception & Awards Celebration

6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, Muir Gymnasium

Baccalaureate Line of March Formation

10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, second floor, Hall of Pioneers

Baccalaureate Service

11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at University United Methodist Church

Class of 2019 Photo

Noon Saturday, May 11, on the front steps of the Hall of Pioneers

Commencement Line of March Formation

2:15 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Sams Chapel, Hall of Pioneers

Commencement Ceremony

3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Mabee Arena

Graduation Reception

4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Muir Gymnasium

Graduation Requirements

To participate in the 2019 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.

2019 Commencement Speaker:
Dr. Stefanie Milam


Graduation 2018 Information

Watch the 2018 Commencement

Watch the 2018 Graduation Dinner

Watch the Nick Petron Interview

Watch the Commencement Highlight Video

2018 Commencement Speaker

Nicholas Petron

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Petron ’68 is professor and chair of the Department of Theatre at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. 

Petron was born and raised in the Chelsea neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan, New York City, not far from Greenwich Village. He first encountered ritual and ceremonial presentation while serving as a church altar boy. His passion for performing was spurred by a Saturday acting class at the Chelsea neighborhood’s Hudson Guild.

At Kansas Wesleyan University, Petron majored in Speech and Theatre and was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.” The 1968 KWU Coyote Yearbook described him as “a thespian at heart, a politician by avocation, and a journalist because he has a lot to say.”

During his four years at Kansas Wesleyan, he served as president of the Fine Arts Club, president of Pi Sigma Upsilon social and service activities fraternity, and president of the KWU chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. He wrote a column for the Advance student newspaper and was involved in intramurals, the International Fellowship of Christians, and Salina Community Theatre.

Petron received his professional acting Equity Card at age 19 playing the Prince in “The King and I” in summer stock in New Jersey. He followed that role with 12 years of stage work. As a KWU senior, Petron directed “The Fantastics,” the first student-directed and student-produced musical to be performed at the university. 

After earning his bachelor’s degree from KWU, Petron returned to New York for his M.A. at Adelphi University. Petron is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). He has worked in feature films with Al Pacino, John Cusack, Tim Matheson and Kate Capshaw. Petron’s TV commercial credits include spots for Ponderosa Steak House, Eagle Brand snacks and more. For the Children’s Television Workshop, producers of the classic “Sesame Street,” he was the voice for “Y,” “Up and Down” and “Pizza.” He won an Ace Award for radio commercial direction. Petron has directed stage productions of “Uncle Vanya,” “Holy Ghosts,” “The Rimers of Eldridge,” “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean,” “Moonchildren,” “Steel Magnolias,” “subUrbia,” and “Uncommon Women and Others.” 

During his tenure at Adelphi University, he has had the pleasure of teaching and working with such luminaries as Jonathan Larson (creator of “Rent”) and Dr. Jacques Burdick (teacher at the Yale School of Drama and founder of the B.F.A. Acting and Technical Design program at Adelphi).