Security changes included
by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC
Graduation at Kansas City Kansas Community College is quickly approaching, and plans are already underway for the annual celebration.
There will be two commencement ceremonies, both on Thursday, May 23, at the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.
Commencement participants must attend the ceremony that corresponds with the certificate or degree that they have earned. Seating at both ceremonies is on a first come, first served basis.
The doors will open one hour prior to the commencement ceremony. Reserved seating is available for those who require accommodations due to a medical disability.
This year, KCKCC will continue to use metal detector screening for everyone entering the Field House. All items, including clear bags and clutch purses, are subject to search at the entrance of the Field House.
KCKCC is asking that everyone remove items from their pockets during the security check in process prior to approaching the metal detectors. This includes removing billfolds, cell phones, keys, change, and other items. These measures will likely increase time necessary to enter the event, so those attending are asked to take that into account when deciding on an arrival time. In an effort to enhance safety and expedite entrance to the Field House, KCKCC has also implemented a clear bag guideline.
Clear tote bags that do not exceed 12″ x 12″ x 6″ and one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be allowed. In addition, small handheld clutch purses no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” will be permitted. No other bags will be allowed inside the Field House.
No items can be left or stored at the gates. Questions about graduation safety protocol can be directed to KCKCC Campus Police at 913-288-7636.
The ceremony for those students who have earned an associate of applied science and certificates will be at 2 p.m. Graduate check-in begins at 1 p.m.
Programs include: Accounting (AAS), Addiction Counselor (Certificate, AAS), Administrative Office Professionals (Certificate, AAS), Audio Engineering (AAS), Auto Collision Repair (Certificate – TEC), Automotive Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (Certificate-TEC), Automotive Technology (Certificate – TEC), Building and Property Maintenance (Certificate – TEC), Computer Repair (Certificate – TEC), Business Administration (AAS), Computer Engineering Technology (Certificate, AAS), Computer Software Technology/Technician (Certificate, AAS), Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications (Certificate, AAS), Construction Technology (Certificate – TEC), Corrections (Certificate, AAS), Cosmetology (Certificate – TEC), Culinary Arts(Certificate – TEC), Digital Imaging (AAS), Drafting Technology (AAS), Early Childhood Education (Certificate, AAS), Early Childhood Education – CDA Preparation Credential (Certificate), Electrical Technology (Certificate – TEC), Exercise Leader (Certificate), Firefighter (Certificate) Fire Science/Firefighting(AAS), Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology (AAS), Heating and Refrigeration (Certificate – TEC), Homeland Security (Certificate), LPN to RN Articulation Program (AAS), Machine Technology (Certificate – TEC), Major Appliance Technology (Certificate – TEC), Marketing & Mid-Management (AAS), Medical Assistant (Certificate – TEC), Mortuary Science (AAS), Multimedia/Video Production (Certificate – TEC), Nail Technology (Certificate – TEC), Networking Technology (Certificate – TEC), Allied Health & Nursing/Practical Nurse (Certificate), Allied Health & Nursing/Registered Nurse (AAS), Office Assistant (Certificate – TEC), Paralegal (AAS), Paramedic/Mobile Intensive Care Technician (AAS), Paramedic/RRT to RN Bridge Program (AAS), Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS), Police Science (Certificate, AAS), Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Care Therapy (AAS), Technical Studies (AAS), Victim/Survivor Services (Certificate, AAS), Web Application & Design (Certificate) and Welding Technology (Certificate – TEC).
The ceremony for those students who earned an associate of science, associate of arts or associate of general studies will be at 7 p.m. Graduate check-in begins at 6 p.m. Programs include Biology (AGS, AS), Business (AS), Chemistry (AA, AGS), Computer Engineering Technology (AS), Economics (AA), Education, Elementary (AA), Education, Secondary (AA), Environmental Studies (AGS, AS), Exercise Science (AGS), Fine Arts (AA), Forensic Chemistry (AA, AGS, AS), History (AA), Journalism (AA), Music (AA), Music Technology (AGS), Philosophy (AA), Physics/Physical Science (AGS, AS), Political Science (AA), Sociology (AA), Theatre (AA), Theatre Technology (AGS), Victim/Survivor Services (AA), Pre-Agriculture (AGS, AS), Pre-Chiropractic (AGS, AS), Pre-Dental (AGS, AS), Pre-Engineering (AGS, AS), Pre-Exercise Science (AS), Pre-Law (AA), Pre-Medical (AGS, AS), Pre-Medical Technology (AGS, AS), Pre-Allied Health & Nursing (AS), Pre-Nutrition (AGS, AS), Pre-Occupational Therapy (AS), Pre-Optometry (AGS, AS), Pre-Pharmacy (AGS, AS), Pre-Physical Therapy (AS), Pre-Public Administration (AA), Pre-Radiologic Technology (AS), Pre-Respiratory Therapy (AS), Pre-Social Work (AA), Pre-Sports Mgmt. (AA) and Pre-Veterinary (AGS, AS).
Students are strongly encouraged to attend the graduation rehearsal at 10 a.m. on May 23, as they will receive important information on the ceremony.
Students who have completed all degree requirements for the spring 2019 semester as well as fall 2018 are eligible to participate in commencement. Students who are within nine hours of completing degree requirements in summer 2019 are also eligible to participate.
In addition, those students with at least a 3.4 grade point average qualify to graduate with honors and can wear an honors cord during commencement. Honors are awarded to students for completed coursework. Red, white and blue cords are available to active-duty service members, military veterans and spouses or dependent family members of active duty service members and veterans. These cords will be available at graduation check-in. Technical education students who have earned a 3.4 grade point average qualify to graduate with distinction and will wear a silver cord.
For more information on 2019 commencement exercises including graduation fees, visit https://www.kckcc.edu/student-resources/graduation/index.html. Information is also available by contacting a graduation specialist at 913-288-7519.