Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will the ceremony be held in person?

Yes. At this time, we are planning to hold the 2023 commencement ceremonies in person at MSSU Leggett and Platt Athletic Center in Joplin and at the Independence Auditorium in Kansas City.

Will there be a virtual option to view the ceremony?

Yes. The entire ceremony will be available to view via livestream and recorded for viewing post-ceremony.

What time will the ceremonies be held?

The ceremonies will take place in the morning. The tentative start time is 10 a.m. for both Joplin and Kansas City. Please note that ceremony start times are subject to change.

How many guests can I invite?

At this time, unlimited guests will be allowed at both venues. Closer to commencement, you will be asked to fill out an RSVP form to let us know how many people you are planning to have in your party. In the event that the overall request for tickets is higher than the venue’s capacity approved by the fire department, KCU does reserve the right to limit tickets.

Is attendance at graduation required?

All graduates are required to be present for an in-person commencement ceremony. If you need to request an excused absence, please review the Request an Excused Absence section.

When do I need to arrive on campus for senior week?

The senior week activity schedule can be found here.

How do I get my attire?

KCU orders your commencement attire for you. It’s important you complete the commencement registration form so we can collect your height and weight to ensure you receive the correct size. You will pick up your attire the week of commencement on your respective campus.