Rockhurst University Graduation: Commencement Weekend 2020

Commencement Audience

COMMENCEMENT 2020 UPDATE:  Because commencement is such an important event in the lives of our students and their families and friends, we do not want to make a hasty decision regarding whether we should cancel or postpone it due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will make the decision based on guidance of the CDC and policies within our state and city and likely will have more information to share at a later date.  Click here to view additional coronavirus information and Rockhurst University daily updates.


Congratulations to all eligible participants in the May 2020 Commencement ceremony! Spring is an exciting time for upcoming graduates and their families, and we want to help you celebrate with the best possible graduation experience.

Commencement Ceremony - 1:00 pm Saturday, May 16, 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, May 15, 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.