UMKC Celebrates 2022 Mid-Year Commencement

More than 800 degrees conferred
A graduate stands with her arms outstretched covered in blue and gold streamers, smiling with two other graduates looking at her and smiling

Kansas City’s university welcomed more than 800 graduates and their families at T-Mobile Center for the 2022 Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony Sunday.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jenny Lundgren, Ph.D. presided as Chief Marshal of the event.

Two graduates do a Roo Up hand gesture in their regalia
“We are delighted to be here today at the beautiful T-Mobile Center to continue our new tradition of celebrating our graduates at iconic Kansas City locations,” said Lundgren.

Chancellor Mauli Agrawal hands a graduate a diplomaUMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal reminded graduates of their perseverance. Agrawal said that having lived through numerous challenging events such as terrorist attacks, wars, economic hardships and a global pandemic, graduates have already shown they are up to any challenge.

“You have acquired the knowledge, confidence and skills you’ll need to navigate an ever-shifting landscape,” said Agrawal. “More challenges surely await you, but I know, and you know that you are up those challenges.”

A graduate receives her doctoral hoodTwo-time Emmy Award winner, UMKC alumnus and announcer for the Washington Nationals baseball team Bob Carpenter (B.A. ’75) gave the keynote address. Carpenter told graduates to expect the unexpected as things do not always go to plan. But he stressed that even in adversity, attitude is everything.

“I hope as we go along, wherever you go in your career or in your life, that you have a spirit of gratitude,” said Carpenter.

Bob Carpenter stands at a podium at the T-Mobile Center. A light up screen is showing a banner that says "Congratulations UMKC graduates"

Carpenter also advised graduates to keep a positive mindset and to share their success with others.

“Don’t ever leave out a word of encouragement for those who you are working with, or those who you are working for,” said Carpenter. “When you achieve success, stop and think, ‘What did I do to get here, how do I stay here and who helped me get here?’ Then take that success and use it to help somebody else.”

Following the event, graduates met their loved ones for hugs, photos and celebrations of their achievements.

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