UMKC Celebrates 2023 Mid-Year Graduates

Kansas City’s university held its annual Mid-Year Commencement at the T-Mobile Center in downtown Kansas City
Confetti falls from the ceiling as two grads in regalia smile upwards

UMKC graduates and their loved ones filled the T-Mobile Center as more than 1,000 degrees were conferred.

Chancellor Mauli Agrawal stands at a podium in regalia

“I know you are a remarkable group of people,” said Chancellor Mauli Agrawal. “I am proud to be here today to celebrate this momentous occasion with you.”

Esther George stands at a podium in regalia

UMKC alumna Esther George (MBA ’00) was the keynote speaker. George was the first woman president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

“Keep learning and remember this, the degree UMKC is about to confer upon you today does not represent what you know, but what you are capable of learning,” George said. “Let curiosity lead you to places of knowledge that you might not have considered.”

Mayor Quinton Lucas stands at the podium in regalia

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas also addressed the graduates, encouraging them to push through challenges many face in their careers and in life.

“I know as you’ve gone through your journey many things have changed, but you have persevered,” Lucas said. “Be ambitious, courageous and bold…You should continuously strive to be famously excellent in all you do.”
Three graduates smile and one holds a Roo Up inside the rotunda of the T-Mobile Center
Following the addresses, the graduates were recognized and the Class of 2023 moved their tassels from the right to the left side of their caps, symbolizing their status as graduates. The celebration concluded with confetti, streamers and sparklers.

 A graduate holds a hand out to catch confetti as it falls from the sky

Published: Dec 15, 2023

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