Registration

Thank you to all who have registered* for Grantham University's 2016 Commencement. We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City for the festivities. As a reminder, the ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 6, in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Muriel Kauffman Theater. Registration is now closed.

Be sure to come back and watch the live streaming of Commencement here.

* Students who have completed their last course as of August 3, 2016, are eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. (Participation in Commencement does not imply or assure degree conferral. Degrees are conferred when all academic requirements have been met. Please note: The University's Application for Graduation is not a registration form for Commencement.

Commencement Program Infomation

If you registered for the commencement ceremony, your name will automatically appear in the program. You can opt out of the program book by emailing grad@grantham.edu.

If you will graduate after August 3, 2016, your name will be automatically added to the next Commencement program book.

Event Details

Ticket Pick Up
You can pick up your Commencement tickets either at:
The Meet and Greet at Union Station on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 3 - 5 p.m. This is an open house type of event so feel free to come at any time within that timeframe.

OR
Prior to Commencement on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the lower level ticket office at Kauffman Center beginning at 10 a.m. Please note that you will be unable to access the upstairs theater until 12:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, please email grad@gratham.edu.

Friday, August 5, 2016
Meet and Greet: Join us on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 3 - 5 p.m. Guests are welcome. It's a great opportunity to meet your Grantham advisors ... mingle with University staff ... shop at the GU Bookstore ... and have a great time.
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Union Station
Sprint Festival Plaza - Union Station Main Lobby
(30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Missouri, 64108)

Join us from 5 - 6 p.m. for a career boosting event. Please register at Grantham University Professional Branding Event. Your family is free to explore Union Station during this event.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Commencement Ceremony: 2:00 p.m. (Graduates should arrive at 12:30 p.m. for pre-ceremony instructions.)
Reception: Held immediately following Commencement Ceremony (3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Light refreshments will be served.
Note: There will be handicap-accessible seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please let us know in advance by emailing grad@grantham.edu if you require special accommodations (e.g., a sign language interpreter). Please let us know July 1, 2016.

Location

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Commencement will be held in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The student holding room will be in the Helzberg Hall. The reception will be held in Main Lobby. All events are located on the Main Floor

Directions from Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
*The closest airport is the Kansas City International Airport.

 

Commencement Ceremony and Reception

The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We ask that you arrive for registration at 12:30 p.m. so we can provide you with instructions and line up for the processional. We anticipate that the ceremony will last about 1½ hours with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master’s graduates; remarks from a representative of the Class of 2016; and individual recognition of each graduate.

Complimentary tickets will be required and provided for Commencement. Register for tickets via the commencement registration link. A maximum of 5 guests are allowed per graduate. If you need more than 5 tickets, please email grad@grantham.edu.

The reception will take place immediately following the ceremony and will last until about 5:00 p.m. During the reception, graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments while mingling and celebrating with their fellow Grantham alumni and favorite Grantham University Life Changers.

Commencement Fee

The University does not charge a commencement fee, and there is no cost for your guests to attend the ceremony or the reception.

Regalia (Cap, Gown, Tassel, etc.)

To order your regalia, visit http://www.jostens.com.
Graduation regalia will be mailed directly to you. Please remember to bring it with you to the ceremony on August 6.
Note: The last day to order cap and gown for master's candidates is July 8, and the last day for undergraduate candidates is July 14.
You must place your order by these dates to avoid rush shipment fees.

Transportation Options

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m. This modern facility is approximately 30 miles southwest from Kansas City International Airport and located in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, as well as a number of dining and entertainment options. To reach Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we encourage you to rent a car at KCI.

Once you arrive in Kansas City, you’ll find we planned the weekend’s activities with your convenience in mind. The Kauffman Center is near hotels in which Grantham has secured room discounts for our graduates and their guests, and approximately 19 miles from Grantham’s campus where our Meet & Greet will be held on Friday, August 5. For the day of Commencement, the Kauffman Center has 1,000 underground parking spaces at only $8 to park for the day, so finding a spot for your rental car won’t be an issue. Driving directions from Kauffman Center to Grantham University.

We look forward to having you join us at Grantham's 2016 Commencement Ceremony!

Rental Cars:

Enterprise
http://www.enterprise.com

Avis
http://www.avis.com

Taxis/Shared Ride Services:

Kansas City Transportation Group
http://kansascitytransportationgroup.com
The Kansas City Transportation Group (KCTG) is the largest private passenger ground transportation service in the Midwest.  With four divisions – SuperShuttle, Carey Limousine, 10/10 Taxi and Yellow Cab – a fleet of more than 600 vehicles and a staff of over 750 transportation professionals, KCTG is uniquely qualified to provide the highest quality ground transportation services available.

Super Shuttle
http://www.kansas-city-airport-shuttle.com
With SuperShuttle, traveling to or from KCI Airport has never been easier! SuperShuttle is the airport's exclusive scheduled ground transportation provider, offering round-trip service to more than 90 hotels in the metropolitan area. Click http://www.kansas-city-airport-shuttle.com/ to make an online reservation or call (800) 258-3826 for SuperShuttle Services.

10/10 Taxi
http://www.the1010taxi.com
10/10 Taxi is affordable. They charge a flat rate of $10 for any trip under five miles, each additional mile is $2.

Yellow Cab
http://www.kansas-city-taxi.com
City Wide Taxi Service. Anywhere in Kansas City!
Yellow Cab of KC provides fast, reliable taxi service all over the metropolitan Kansas City area. Call (816) 471-5000 or (888) 471-6050 for 24-hour Yellow Cab service!

TEXT your order to Yellow Cab. Just program (816) 805-6388 in your phone, and next time you need a cab, TEXT IT! No waiting on hold! Receive a confirmation in seconds and a second confirmation from the cab as it is on its way! It is that easy!

Carey Limousine of Kansas City
http://www.kansas-city-limousine.com
Carey Limousine has a limo or town car to fit your needs. They offer professional chauffeur-driven limos and town cars that have all the amenities and services you expect. Carey also provides Kansas City International Airport pick-up and drop-off.

Hotel Accommodations

(July 5, 2016 is the cut off date to reserve your room at the discounted rate.)

Hilton President Kansas City
Hilton President Kansas City Website
1329 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO

Prices range from $159.00 per night
Government/Military Rate (with valid ID, & based on availability) $112.00 per night.

When making reservations, you have three options:

Calling our corporate reservations line at 1.800.HILTONS (445.8667)

Reserving online at Hilton President Reservations
After clicking the link above, enter your dates of stay
Click "More Options" located below the dates of stay
Click "Add Special Rate Codes"
Enter your unique group code, GRU, in the Group Code box
Click "Check Availability"
The rooms available within the group block will show up. Verify group rate.
Complete reservation by selecting room type and entering personal information.

Contacting our In-House Reservationists
Email us at soma.njai@hilton.com Provide in the body of the email:
Name of room block, group code, dates of stay, phone number and method of payment.
Call Soma Njai, your assigned reservationist directly at (816) 303.1644

In-House Reservations hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am –3pm CST.
They will be happy to respond to you within 24 business hours.

Crowne Plaza Downtown Kansas City
Crowne Plaza Downtown Kansas City Website
1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO
(816) 474-6664

Prices range from $139.00 per night
The discounted group rate is available until July 5, 2016. Book your room using this link, the or calling 888-233-9527.
When you book your room, please indicate you would like to be in the Grantham University Commencement 2016, room block.

Government/Military Rate (with valid ID, & based on availability) $112.00 per night
Self-parking is $10.00 per car, per day for event parking and $17.00 per car, per day for overnight guests.
Valet parking is $14.00 per car, per day for event parking and $20.00 per car, per day for overnight guests.

Holiday Inn Downtown Aladdin
Holiday Inn Downtown Aladdin Website
1215 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO
(816) 421-8888

Prices range from $125.00 per night
The discounted group rate is available until July 5, 2016. Book your room online by clicking Grantham University and using group code GRZ, or by calling (866) 270-9274 and identify Grantham University Graduation 2016.

Government/Military Rate (with valid ID, & based on availability) $112.00 per night.

Additional Questions

Email grad@grantham.edu or call 800.955.2527 ext. 4802 (913) 309-4802 to speak with Amy Thomas, Program and Event Development Specialist.

 

FAQs

What day is Commencement?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Where will Commencement be held?

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Commencement will take place in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre on the main level. The student holding room will be in the Helzberg Hall on the main level. A reception will take place following commencement in the main lobby on the main level.

What time will Commencement start and what time do I need to be there?

The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. We ask that graduates arrive for registration STARTING at 12:30 p.m. so we can provide you with instructions and line up details for the processional.

Note: Handicap accessible seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know in by July 1, 2016 if you require accommodations for special needs. (For example, a sign language interpreter, scooter accessible seating, etc.) Please email grad@grantham.edu with your requests.

How long will it last?

We anticipate the ceremony will last about 1½ hours with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master's graduates; remarks from a Grantham student/alumni representative; and individual recognition of each graduate.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets are required for Commencement. Tickets are complimentary. The ticket ordering process will become available when registration opens on April 22, 2016. A maximum of 5 guests per graduate are allowed. This will help ensure adequate seating for everyone.

How much does it cost to attend Commencement?

While there is no cost to attend the Commencement Ceremony, students will be responsible for the cost of the following: regalia – including hoods and/or tassels, travel to and from Kansas City, hotel accommodations and any other purchases you choose to make (i.e. – Grantham gear, diploma frames, etc.).

I completed the Application for Graduation, does that mean I am registered for Commencement?

No. The Application for Graduation is separate from Commencement registration. Register for Commencement at www.grantham.edu/graduation.

Every prospective graduate of Grantham University completes the Application for Graduation during the last term and prior to finishing all coursework. An audit will be conducted of student records to ensure all the necessary transcripts are on file, courses in the degree program have been completed and all financial obligations are met.

If Commencement doesn't cost anything to attend, what does the $100 Application for Graduation fee cover?

The $100 fee covers the cost of processing, printing, packaging and mailing your diploma and your official transcript.

Is there anything going on prior to the Commencement Ceremony?

While there are no graduation-related events planned immediately before Commencement, all graduates are invited to join us the day before, Friday, August 5, for a Meet & Greet, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the main campus, 16025 W. 113th Street, Lenexa, Kansas, 66219.

This is the perfect opportunity to meet some of the Grantham Life Changers you’ve worked with throughout your degree program, network with fellow graduates and just have a bit of fun before the big day.

Is there anything going on following the Commencement Ceremony?

Grantham will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. It will last until about 5:00 p.m. During the reception, graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments while mingling and celebrating with their fellow Grantham alumni and favorite Life Changers.

Do I need to order my cap and gown or will those be provided?

You will need to order your regalia. To order, visit college.jostens.com and type Grantham University University in the school attended field. Graduation regalia will be mailed directly to you. Please remember to bring it with you to the ceremony on August 6th.
Please Note: The last day to order regalia for master's candidates is July 1 and the last day for undergraduate candidates is July 15.
Place your order by these dates to avoid rush shipment fees.

What major/curriculum should I select to ensure the correct hood color for my regalia?

If you are receiving a Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration – Project Management or Master of Business Administration – Information Management - Master of Science Business Intelligence, select Business Administration as your major/curriculum.

If you are receiving a Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in Information Management – Project Management, Master of Science in Information Management Technology or Master of Science in Performance Improvement, select Science as your major/curriculum.

If you are receiving a Master of Healthcare Administration, select Health Care Administration as your major/curriculum.

If you are receiving a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), select Nursing as your major/curriculum.

Will I need to order an honor cord, or are those provided?

Grantham University recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence while pursuing their degrees with honor cords. They will be distributed at graduation based according to the following guidelines:

Undergraduate
An undergraduate degree recipient achieving high academic performance is recognized according to cumulative grade point average as follows:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 to 4.00
Magna Cum Laude – 3.70 to 3.89
Cum Laude – 3.50 to 3.69

Graduate
At graduation, a master's degree recipient achieving high academic performance is recognized according to cumulative grade point average as follows:

With Distinction - 3.67 to 4.00

Will I receive my diploma during the Commencement Ceremony?

No. We do not hand out diplomas during the ceremony.

Instead, you will be presented with a special University scroll as you cross the stage. This is, in part, because our coursework is based on terms rather than the traditional semester, and students graduate at different times throughout the year.

Once a student finishes his/her final term, a degree audit will be performed to verify all academic degree requirements have been satisfied (CGPA minimum and all required courses successfully completed). Once the student record is verified, your degree will be conferred.

Diplomas are ordered once the Registrar's Office confirms that a student has also completed all non-academic requirements (submitted completed graduation application, paid $100 graduation fee and student's account balance is paid in full). Diplomas will be delivered via FedEx for students located in the United States and first-class mail for P.O. boxes, APO, FPO and overseas addresses and will generally arrive in the mail 4-6 weeks following the verification of all completed requirements.

What Hotels are close by and how much are rooms?

View our group rates and hotel information under the Transportation and Accommodation tab at www.grantham.edu/graduation.

Check out previous Commencement Ceremonies: