Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I register for Commencement?

In the coming months students will receive a Grad Guide which will have instructions on how to register; how to order your regalia; how to request a guest hooder along with the guest hooder guidelines.  The Grad Guide will be sent to your KCU email address.

Where will the ceremonies be held?

Kansas City Venue: Independence Auditorium (1001 W. Walnut Independence, MO)

Joplin Venue: MSSU Leggett and Platt Athletic Center (3 Lion Pride Lane Joplin, MO)

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. During the registration process, 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 the number of tickets per student. 

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 Commencement Activities?

Students should plan to be back on their respective campus the day before their ceremony for a mixture of required activities and family-oriented celebrations.

Can I have a guest hooder?

Yes, KCU does incorporate guest hooders in to Commencement, but there are some restrictions. The Grad Guide will include the Guest Hooder Guideline as well as the steps you need to take to properly request one.

How do I get my attire?

KCU orders your commencement attire for you. You will provide your sizing and the items that you need (including honors cords) during the registration process. It’s important you complete the commencement registration form within the deadline set so we can collect your information to ensure you receive the correct items. You will pick up your attire the day before commencement on your respective campus.

Can I get my attire early?

Unfortunately, no. Commencement attire will not be available until the day before your ceremony.