Commencement | May 5, 2018

Join us on May 5, 2018, in College Church of the Nazarene Sanctuary for the MNU Commencement Ceremonies and to celebrate the Class of 2018!

This website provides important information to help you prepare for Commencement Weekend.  Information will be added, so please check back frequently.

  • Nurses Pinning Ceremony:
    Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.,
    College Church of the Nazarene
    2020 E Sheridan St,
    Olathe, KS 66062
  • Traditional Undergraduate Commencement:
    Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.,
    College Church of the Nazarene
    2020 E Sheridan St,
    Olathe, KS 66062
  • Professional and Graduate Commencement:
    Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m.,
    College Church of the Nazarene
    2020 E Sheridan St,
    Olathe, KS 66062

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Schedule of Events


Graduate FAQs

  • 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).

    Rehearsal Date/Location:
    Thursday, May 3, 2018
    College Church of the Nazarene sanctuary

    Rehearsal Times:

    • 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)
  • 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 www.gradimages.com.

    Simply enter your Last Name, your School Name: MidAmerica Nazarene University and select  2018 from the drop-down 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 giservice@gradimages.net.

  • Special Accommodation Information

    Graduates who need special accommodations should contact Shawnda McLeod in the Office of Academic Affairs, 913-971-3393, slmcleod@mnu.edu.

  • 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 3 (Traditional: 3:30 pm; Professional & Graduate: 5:45 pm).

  • 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 am - 5 pm.

  • Grad Finale Information

    Grad Finale dates:

    • Feb 26, 2018 - Bell Cultural Events Center, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Feb 27, 2018 - Bell Cultural Events Center, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • March 6, 2018 - Santa Fe Commons Site, 13563 Mur-Len Rd., 4 p.m. to 8 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 www.jostens.com or 1-800-854-7464.

  • Diplomas

    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.

  • Alumni Information

    We hope that you'll join our community of alumni after graduation. The MNU alumni association provides event and networking opportunities to graduates. Check us out; stay connected: 

    Web:www.mnu.edu/alumni
    Phone: 913.971.3275
    Email: alumni@mnu.edu
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/MNUAlumniandFriends
    Twitter: @MNU_Alumni

  • 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.

  • Commencement Schedule

    Download the Commencement Schedule.

Guest FAQs


Please note: Ushers are available on the day of the event to answer any of your questions.

  • Parking

    There is open parking during Commencement Activities in the College Church of the Nazarene and Cook Center parking lots.

  • Seating and Tickets

    Tickets are not required for any of the Commencement Ceremonies. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Commencement Ceremonies are held in the College Church of the Nazarene sanctuary. The doors to the sanctuary will be open one hour prior to the start of the Ceremony. Seats may not be saved less than 30 minutes prior. Due to the seats reserved for the graduates, seating is limited on the main floor. The balcony is open seating. Entry to the balcony can be found through the stairs in the North Lobby or via the stairs on either side, inside the sanctuary.

    NOTE: There is not an elevator to the balcony.

  • Nursery

    There will NOT be nursery services provided. 

  • Lost and Found

    The official lost and found of the weekend is at the information booth, located in the Vanderpool Lobby, 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.

  • Special Accommodations

    There is wheelchair accessible seating in various spots throughout the College Church sanctuary. It is recommended that those needing special accommodations arrive early.

    Sign language interpreters will be available and stationed on the platform for both Commencement ceremonies. There is no reserved seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrival 45 minutes prior to the event start is recommended.

  • Commencement Schedule

    Download the Commencement Schedule.

Contact MNU
Main Campus
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Santa Fe Commons Site
13563 South Mur-len Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Liberty Site
105 N. Stewart Ct., Suite 210
Liberty, MO 64068
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Most University offices are open from 8:00AM—5:00PM, Mon.-Fri.
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