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Students at the 2019 Commencement ceremony

At Commencement, Close to 700 Graduates Reminded to Embrace Who They Are and The ‘Golden Moments’

May 21, 2019
The years spent in college are ones of change, of learning new things, of taking new chances, and of earning new perspectives on life as well as new skills for the resume. Saturday’s commencement ceremony was a chance to showcase the varied transformations that have taken place for the close to 700 students during their tenure at Rockhurst University. By reflecting on their own experiences, the two commencement speakers — undergraduate student representative Veronica Clay and graduate student speaker Elhonei Alemu — found some words of wisdom for their fellow graduates. Clay said for a while after enrolling at Rockhurst,...
View from the Commencement ceremony
May 13, 2019
No matter the disciplines, the destination, or the route they took to get here, close to 700 students will end this week as alumni of Rockhurst University following our annual commencement activities. Here are the stories of just a few — congratulations to every graduate! Kori Hines, English Kori Hines had already been through a lot before even coming to...
Mariana Valles
May 8, 2019
Mariana Valles doesn’t remember much about the time before she lived in Belton, Missouri. That makes sense — she was 4 years old when her mother and father brought her sister and herself from Chihuahua, Mexico. She said she remembers asking over and over how much longer the 18-hour bus ride would last. At the time, she said she couldn’t...
Peter Vermes speaks at a Young Alumni Council event
May 1, 2019
In 2011, the organization now known as Sporting Kansas City went through a series of transformations, from where the MLS franchise played to its underlying philosophy, to even its very name. Opinion at the time was, to put it kindly,...
David Walter and crew during a film shoot
April 25, 2019
Right before the start of the fall 2018 semester, junior David Walter crammed somewhere around a hundred people into his Kansas City home, all crowded around a tiny TV to watch the culmination of his summer vacation. It was the...
Students at a pep rally
April 23, 2019
The Rockhurst University community includes more than 20,000 alumni, approximately 3,000 current students, and hundreds of faculty and staff members. In other words, hosting a big celebration means a lot of invites. But this Wednesday’s occasion, the first-ever Celebrate RU...
Mayor Sly James and RU employee Thomas Diggs
April 18, 2019
Before March 15, Rockhurst University IT Support Specialist Thomas Diggs said, he stuck to a routine, grabbing the bus to work in Rockhurst’s Computer Services...
New University Chief Inclusion Officer Leslie Doyle
April 17, 2019
Leslie Doyle, Ed.D., grew up across the street from the Rockhurst University campus. This month, she’s been welcomed back as the University’s inaugural chief inclusion...
Students in a Rockhurst EMBA classroom
April 11, 2019
Innovation and learning from the best were at the forefront when the Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J., set about creating the Executive Fellows MBA program...
Students during a service immersion trip to El Paso
April 4, 2019
Each spring, Rockhurst University sends students and faculty and staff companions on domestic and international locations to live out the Jesuit value of “serving for...