Graduate Information

MidAmerica Nazarene University Commencement | Congratulations, Graduates!

Commencement Ceremony Rehearsals

Rehearsals for all graduates are held on the Thursday of commencement weekend.  All students planning to participate in commencement should attend rehearsal. During rehearsal, graduates will obtain important information pertaining to their respective ceremony (seating, honor cords, name pronunciation, etc.) and meet the director of alumni.  Rehearsal is required for those who have been chosen to participate in the ceremony (invocation, benediction, Scripture reader, etc.) or in the procession (flag/banner carrier).

            Thursday, May 4, 2017, College Church of the Nazarene sanctuary

            3:30 pm – Traditional undergraduate rehearsal

            5:45 pm – Professional & Graduate Rehearsal (Professional AA, AOL, AEE, MBA, MSM, MEd, MAC, Play Therapy, SATP, MSN, RN-BSN/MSN, & ABSN)

Commencement Schedule

Photographer/Photo Information

GradImages® is the official photographer at the MNU Commencement. Your photos will be available to view and order within 48-72 hours after the ceremony by visiting their website at

Simply enter your Last Name, your School Name: MidAmerica Nazarene University and select 2017 from the dropdown menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos.

If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the GradImages® customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email them at

Special Accommodation Information

Graduates who need special accommodations should contact Evie Kowalewski in the Office of Academic Affairs (913-971-3393 or

Graduate Participation

To assist the Registrar’s Office with seating arrangements, graduates who are not planning to participate in commencement should contact the Registrar’s Office at 913-971-3626.

Pronunciation of Names

Graduates have the option to indicate phonetic pronunciation/clarify pronunciation of first and/or last names on the graduation application or attend commencement rehearsal to speak with the reader of names on Thursday, May 4 (Traditional: 3:30pm; Professional & Graduate: 5:45pm).

Caps and Gowns

Graduates wear their cap and gown for all commencement activities. If graduates are unable to attend Grad Finale to pick up their cap and gown, they can pick them up in the Registrar’s Office or send a family member or friend to pick it up.  All caps and gowns must be picked up prior to commencement weekend.  “Extras” are not available during the weekend.

Graduates are able to pick up their cap and gown from the Registrar’s Office (after Grad Finale) approximately 4 weeks after submitting their graduation application, provided the application was approved and the cap and gown information was complete.

 Registrar’s Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5pm.

Grad Finale

Grad Finale dates:

  • Feb 20, 2017 - Cook Center Lobby, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Feb 21, 2017 - Cook Center Lobby, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • March 9, 2017 - Santa Fe Commons Site, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grad Finale is an event designed specifically for Graduates.  At this event, graduates have the opportunity to pick up their cap and gown, purchase specialized items from The Merc, order commencement announcements, and finalize matters with the Registrar’s Office and Cashier’s Office.

Announcements/Class Rings

Graduates who want to purchase graduation announcements or class rings should contact Jostens directly at or 1-800-854-7464.


Diplomas are ordered by the Registrar’s Office after grades have been submitted and all requirements have been completed.  The appropriate degrees and honors will be awarded to the candidates who have completed all requirements. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 913-971-3626 with any questions.

Diplomas are mailed to graduates once degree requirements have been met and degrees awarded.  They are mailed to the address provided on the graduation application.

Lost and Found

The official lost and found during the weekend is at the information booth located in the Vanderpool Lobby at College Church.  Please be aware that we are unable to provide a secure place for you to leave personal items. The university is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Additional Information

It is the graduate's responsibility to return library books and settle student accounts. Failure to follow through on these details will make it impossible for the university to release diplomas and official transcripts.

Alumni Information

Phone: 913.971.3275
Twitter:  @MNU_Alumni

Contact MNU

Main Campus
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Phone: 913.782.3750
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Santa Fe Commons Site
13563 South Mur-len Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913.971.3800
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Liberty Site
105 N. Stewart Ct., Suite 210
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.407.3070
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Office Hours
Most University offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.