Celebrate Graduation With Us

Friday, August 2, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Union Station Kansas City
30 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Saturday, August 3, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Commencement Information

Congratulations! You've completed your degree, now it's time to celebrate! Grantham University invites you to attend the 2019 Commencement ceremony, August 3, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Register to attend Commencement and we'll provide you all of the information you need to celebrate this momentous occasion with us.
Meet and Greet
Talon at Power and Light
Talon and students
Talon on a balcony
Meet and Greet Photo Booth
Scott Andrews speech
Dr. Rick Rigsby
Dr. Rick Rigsby
Dana Guillory
Dana Guillory
Happy graduate
Happy graduate
Excited graduate
Graduate shaking hands
Graduate on stage
Graduates cap
Scott Andrews and Dr. Rick Rigsby
Graduate with cap and gown
Smiling graduate
Talon and graduates
Happy graduate
Smiling graduate
Smiling graduate
Graduate waving
Graduates tossing caps

Join us at the Meet + Greet!

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts map
You and your guests are invited, August 2 from 4-7 p.m. to attend a Meet and Greet at Union Station - Kansas City, where you'll meet your instructors, advisors and fellow students in person. You've interacted with them for years online, and now is your opportunity to talk to them face to face. You do not need tickets to attend the Meet and Greet, just RSVP how many guests will be joining you when you register.
Union Station Kansas City
1601 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO. 64108

Graduation Details


We are excited for you to register for 2019 Commencement.

Please note that completing the Application for Graduation does not automatically register you for Commencement. 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 necessary transcripts are on file, courses in the degree program have been completed and all financial obligations are met.

Because the Application for Graduation is a separate process, you will still need to register for Commencement.

Register Today

Date + Time

The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. We ask that graduates arrive for registration starting at noon so we can provide you with instructions and line-up details for the processional.

We anticipate the ceremony will last about 2 hours with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master's graduates; remarks from our 2019 Outstanding Graduate; and individual recognition of each graduate.

Location + Directions

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts map

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, Mo. 64108

Commencement will take place in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The student holding room will be in Helzberg Hall, which is also on the main level. A reception will take place following the Commencement ceremony in the main lobby outside the theatre.


Tickets are required for the Commencement ceremony, but are complimentary. Ticket requests are made during the Commencement registration process. A maximum of 5 guests per graduate are allowed. This will help ensure adequate seating for everyone.

Tickets will be available for graduation to pick up during the Meet and Greet on Friday evening at Union Station Kansas City, from 4-7 pm, or at the box office when graduates check in at Kauffman Center on Saturday. Seats are not assigned. People who are unable to attend are welcome to watch the ceremony via livestream.


For those who need auditory, visual, or mobility assistance, please email grad@grantham.edu by July 5 with your requests. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has a small inventory of wheelchairs available for guest use. If you would like a wheelchair, please see one of the Kauffman volunteers upon arrival and they will assist you.

We are dedicated to providing an accessible and enjoyable experience to all our graduates and their guests.

Cap + Gown

As part of your $80 graduation application fee, Grantham University will provide your cap, gown, hood (for Master's graduates), honor cords and military stoles. You will still be required to order your regalia through Josten's but the only thing you are required to pay for is the shipping. The last day to order regalia to avoid express shipping fees is July 11.

Order Regalia

Honor Cords

Grantham University recognizes students who have achieved excellence while pursuing their degrees with honor cords. They will be distributed at the commencement ceremony based on the following guidelines.

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

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

Lodging + Things to do in Kansas City

Grantham University has negotiated special rates with several Kansas City area hotels for anyone planning to book hotel rooms during the week of the Commencement Ceremony. Please consider the recommended lodging information below prior to making your hotel reservation.

Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown - Aladdin
1215 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, Mo. 64105

Last day to book - July 4th with their special rate of $139-159. To book by telephone, call (816) 421-8888. Identify yourself as being part of "Grantham University Graduation."

Reserve Aladdin

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 E Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, Mo. 64108

Last day to book - July 11th with their special rate of $149-159. To book by telephone, call (816) 474-4400. Identify yourself as being part of "Grantham University Graduation."

Reserve Westin

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W. 12th St.
Kansas City, Mo. 64105

Last day to book - July 2nd with their special rate of $188. To book by telephone, call (816) 421-6800. Identify yourself as being part of "Grantham University Graduation."

Reserve Marriott


The $80 application fee paid when you completed your degree program covers the cost of processing, printing, packaging and mailing your diploma and your official transcript. It also includes your regalia for Commencement, including your cap, gown, hood (for Master's graduates), honor cords, and military stoles. You are required to pay for the shipping of the regalia.

While the Commencement ceremony itself is complimentary, students are responsible for the following expenses: travel to and from Kansas City, hotel accommodations and any other purchases you choose to make (i.e., Grantham gear, diploma frames, etc.).

Commencement is one of our most treasured days each year. What a remarkable experience to meet Grantham graduates and their loved ones in person, and celebrate their hard-earned success as the next exciting chapter of their lives begins.
Anthony Petroy, D.M. // Interim University President, Chief Academic Officer, Provost
Find your passion, earn your education, prepare for your transition, and go after your dreams.
Gary Steensgard // Alumni Speaker // 2019 Outstanding Graduate

Diploma Time

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 $80 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 will generally arrive in the mail 4-6 weeks following the verification of all completed requirements.