2012 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri


Mark your calendars for Grantham University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, August 11th, held in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, in the Kansas City Convention Center's Grand Ballroom.

All graduates, past, present and soon-to-be*, are invited, along with their families and loved ones, to participate in Commencement activities and to celebrate their success with fellow alumni, faculty and Grantham staff.

Event Details for Saturday, August 11th

Commencement Ceremony

Begins promptly at 2:00 pm

(Graduates should arrive by
12:30 p.m. for pre-ceremony
instructions.)

The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 11th in the Kansas City Convention Center's Grand Ballroom. We ask that you arrive for registration at 12:30pm, so we can provide you with instructions and line-up for the processional. We anticipate that the ceremony will last from 11/2 - 2 hours, with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master's graduates; remarks from a representative of the Class of 2012; and individual recognition of each graduate.

Tickets will not be provided for Commencement. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide us with the total number of guests attending. This will help us ensure that there is adequate seating for everyone.


Reception

Held immediately following Commencement Ceremony
(around 3:30 p.m.)

Light refreshments will be served

The reception will take place immediately following the ceremony and will last until about 5:30 pm. During the reception, photographers will be available to take graduate portraits and group photos in a designated area. These images will be available for purchase on the photographer's Web site a few weeks after the ceremony.


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* Graduates will be provided with a more detailed schedule as we move closer to the ceremony date.

Order Your Regalia for The Commencement Ceremony

To order your regalia:

1) Visit http://college.jostens.com/jostens/college/index.jsp
2) Type Grantham University in the box that prompts you to enter your school.
3) Graduation regalia will be mailed directly to you.

**You must place your order by July 5th, 2012 to avoid rush shipment fees.
*Please remember to bring it with you to the ceremony on August 11th.

Hood Information for Master's Candidates:

If you are receiving a Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration - Project Management or Master of Business Administration - Information Management, 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.

Please note: If you have already selected a major/curriculum that differs from the above, there is no need to re-order the correct hood to participate in the ceremony.


Commencement Reception

Email alum@grantham.edu or call 1-800-955-2527, ext. 593 to speak with Jessica Peak, Alumni Development Coordinator.

Location of Ceremony

Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th Street,
Kansas City, MO 64105
All events will be taking place in the Grand Ballroom building on the 2nd level.

Maps and Driving Directions
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Air Travel
The closest airport is the Kansas City International Airport (Airport Code: MCI)

Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Downtown

$109 - $149 per night
1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City , MO
Tel: (816) 474-6664
View Map | Visit Website

Group Rates
Get Grantham University Rates for Crowne Plaza

Guests may also make their own reservation by calling 1-888-233-9527 prior to Tuesday July 10, 2012

Holiday Inn Downtown Aladdin
$109 - $139 per night
1215 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City , MO
Tel: 1-877-224-2870
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Group Rates
Call hotel directly in order to get the group rate you must identify Grantham University Graduation.

Guests may also book online using the code: GUC at http://www.hialaddin.com

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Wednesday July 11, 2012 at 1:00pm central time.

Marriott Kansas City Downtown
$139 per night
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City , MO
Tel: (816) 421-6800
View Map | Visit Website

Group Rates
Get Grantham University Rate at Marriot

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Thursday, July 19, 2012

Additional Questions?

Email alum@grantham.edu or call 1-800-955-2527, ext. 593 to speak with Jessica Peak, Alumni Relations Specialist.

What day is Commencement this year?
Saturday August 11, 2012
Where will Commencement be held at?
Kansas City Convention Center- Grand Ballroom
301 West 13th Street,
Kansas City, MO 64105
All events will be taking place in the Grand Ballroom building on the 2nd 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 pm
We ask that graduates arrive for registration at 12:30pm, so we can provide you with instructions and line-up for the processional.
I completed the Application for Graduation does that mean I am registered for Commencement?
No. Every graduate of Grantham University completes the Application for Graduation. This simply notifies the University that your diploma is ready for processing. You must register to attend Commencement by visiting, http://www.grantham.edu/graduation2012.
How long will it last?
We anticipate that the ceremony will last from 2 - 2 1/2 hours, with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master's graduates; remarks from a representative of the Class of 2012; and individual recognition of each graduate.
How do I buy tickets?
Tickets will not be provided for Commencement. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide us with the total number of guests attending. This will help us ensure that there is adequate seating for everyone.
How much does it cost to attend Commencement?
There is no cost to attend Commencement.
Is there anything going on following the Commencement ceremony?
Grantham is hosting a reception that will take place immediately following the ceremony and will last until about 5:30 pm. During the reception, photographers will be available to take graduate portraits and group photos in a designated area. These images will be available for purchase on the photographer's Web site a few weeks after the ceremony.
Do I need to order my cap and gown or will those be provided?
Yes you need to order your regalia(cap, gown, tassel) through Josten's.

To order your regalia:
1) Visit http://college.jostens.com/jostens/college/index.jsp
2) Type Grantham University in the box that prompts you to enter your school.
3) Graduation regalia will be mailed directly to you.

You must place your order by July 5th, 2012 to avoid rush shipment fees.
Please remember to bring it with you to the ceremony on August 11th.
What Hotels are close by and how much will it cost?
View our group rates and hotel information under the Hotel tab above.

* You have until July 5th to register to attend Commencement.
* Students who will be enrolled in their last two (2) courses as of June 20, 2012 are eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. (Participation in Commencement does not imply or assure degree conferral. Degrees are conferred when all requirements, including financial, have been met.) Please note: The University's Application for Graduation is not a registration form for Commencement.