Rockhurst University Graduation: Commencement Weekend 2020

Commencement Audience

COMMENCEMENT 2020 UPDATE:  The Rockhurst University Spring 2020 Commencement Activities have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Based upon our graduating student preference, we have rescheduled the live commencement activities to the weekend of September 18-19, 2020.  These plans, of course, are subject to pandemic-related public gathering restrictions.  Watch this site for further commencement updates, and click here to view additional coronavirus information and Rockhurst University daily updates.


Congratulations to all eligible participants in the 2020 Commencement Activities! 2020 marks Rockhurst University's 100th Commencement Ceremony!

Commencement Ceremony - 1:00 pm Saturday, September 19, 2020
Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (there is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to graduation, no tickets required)

Baccalaureate Mass - 2:00 pm Friday, September 18, 2020
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, MO 64110 (there is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to Baccalaureate, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets required)

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Rockhurst College was founded in Kansas City in 1910 with a charter from the state of Missouri empowering Rockhurst College to grant degrees. The construction of Sedgwick Hall in 1914 allowed the opening of high school classes in 1914; college classes began in 1917. The first class to graduate from Rockhurst College was in 1921. Just as the Jesuit order grew from the calling of one man into a worldwide force, so Rockhurst University has grown from the dream of a small, hardy crew of Jesuits into an institution with national reach.