Rockhurst University Celebrates 93rd Commencement Ceremony

More than 682 students will receive degrees when Rockhurst University holds its 93rd annual commencement ceremony, beginning with an academic procession at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.

In accordance with the student-centered focus at Rockhurst, Katie Marie Birkenfeld, Kearney, Neb.—who will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy—will deliver the undergraduate commencement address. Andrew Christopher Kurz, Sedalia, Mo.—who will receive a Master of Occupational Therapy—will deliver the graduate commencement address.

The annual “Hawk Walk,” when graduates and well-wishers parade to Kansas City Power and Light District for a post-graduation celebration, will follow the ceremonies. It begins at the main entrance to Municipal Auditorium and ends in the district’s interior courtyard.

Baccalaureate Mass, another important part of Rockhurst’s commencement activities, will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., across the street from Rockhurst University campus.

Students and faculty will begin the procession from Rockhurst campus to the church for Mass at 1:30 p.m. There will be a reception following Mass, at 3 p.m., on campus in the courtyard by the Bell Tower.

For more information—including parking information—visit the Rockhurst Commencement page on the Rockhurst University website at

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