Kansas City Annual Commencement Ceremony | Webster University

Kansas City Commencement

Commencement 2020 Ceremony has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 45th Annual Commencement honoring all 2019-2020 graduates from August, October, and December 2019 and March and May 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Webster University in Webster Groves announced plans to alter its commencement for the 2020 year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University-wide ceremony will now be held as a virtual commencement for the Class of 2020, while individual school and college events will be held during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend Sept 25-26, assuming gatherings of that size will be deemed safe for everyone.  For more information follow the below link:



Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. A reception will follow in the lobby.

Commencement Timeline


Graduates should arrive at the check-in station by 5:30 p.m. The check-in station will open at 4:30 p.m.  Attendees should allow plenty of time (10-15 minutes) to park and walk to Polsky Hall.  Guests of the graduates may take their seats in the main theater upon arrival.


The procession of graduates will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  The graduates will process in with their individual school or college.  Guests of the graduates should be seated by 5:55 p.m. as the aisles must be clear for the Academic Procession.  Guests will be asked to wait to enter during the procession.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, we ask that guests remain seated while the graduates proceed out to the lobby.


Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed 10–12 weeks after the May graduation date of May 28, 2020.


Tickets will not be required for the Commencement ceremony.  We do ask graduates to limit their guests to ten.  If you wish to invite more, contact Christy White at (816) 926-4288 or christywhite@webster.edu for assistance.


For your benefit, we have made arrangements with Grad Images, a professional photographer, to record the moment you walk across the stage.  More information on the service is available at www.gradimages.com.

Steps to Graduation

1. Submit a Petition to Graduate

All students completing all degree requirements in May 2020 must fill out a Petition to Graduate.

Petitions are DUE MONDAY, March 2, 2020.

Petition to Graduate Forms

Undergraduate and Graduate Petitions:

Petitions will be routed to the correct staff member once form is completed and submitted. NOTE:  An e-mail confirming receipt of the petition will be sent upon submission.

2. Clear Business Office Accounts

Students who have completed all of their academic requirements to graduate must clear their Student Business Office account balance prior to diploma and transcript release. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% convenience fee. Check payments have a holding period of 10 days before release of transcripts. For more information, call the Business Office at 1-800-981-9803.

3. Complete RSVP Card

Complete RSVP card for the Kansas City Campus Commencement Ceremony by Friday, March 6, 2020.

To RSVP, please fill out form here

For Extended Campus Graduates
Notify your campus director by February 14, 2020 to submit your name on the Commencement Participation Form if you intend to participate in the St. Louis Commencement ceremony.

International Students Family Visitor's VISA Procedure
To facilitate the visa interview process for your relatives to visit for Commencement, click here

Graduates/Guests With Disabilities
Indicate your needs on the RSVP card. If you have questions regarding special accommodations (due to a disability) needed for the commencement ceremonies, contact Christy White at (816) 926-4288 or christywhite@webster.edu.

4. Purchase Your Cap and Gown

How to Wear Your Academic Regalia [ Video ]

Herff-Jones will be providing academic regalia for the Kansas City commencement ceremony.  Invitations, class rings, and diploma frames are also available.

To place an order go online to Herff Jones.  Enter Webster University in the search field and then select Kansas City.


Order on campus on the following dates:  Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the main lobby,

Cap & Gown Orders placed after May 1, 2020 will be charged a $50 rush service fee, plus applicable shipping charges. 

If you are located outside of the St. Louis area and participating in the St. Louis Commencement go to:

http://college.jostens.com/jostens/?affiliateId=1059767 and follow the instructions on the website to order a cap & gown and announcements for the ceremony in which you are participating.

For any questions, call Jostens' Consumer Contact Center at 1-800-854-7464.

5. Share the Map of the Commencement Ceremony

Distribute copies of the map to the commencement ceremony to friends and family with your Commencement announcements. These maps contain all the information you and your guests will need to navigate your way through Commencement day.

Parking will be available in two parking garages near the main entrance to Polsky Hall.

Wheelchair access and seating information is available upon request.

6. Celebrate!

Celebrate the completion of your Webster University degree (and the previous 5 steps) at the 45th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 28th, 2020.

7. Questions

Call Christy White at (816) 926-4288 or christywhite@webster.edu with any questions.