UMKC Celebrates 2023 Commencement at T-Mobile Center

The ceremonies were held on May 13, 2023
Graduating student stands facing the camera and smiling. Blue and gold confetti rains down behind her and other graduates

More than 2,000 students became alumni on Saturday as The University of Missouri-Kansas City had its May 2023 Commencement ceremony in the heart of Kansas City.

“You have acquired the knowledge, skills and the confidence to navigate an ever-shifting landscape in the days and years to come. Chart your future in pencil because more challenges surely await you,” said Chancellor Mauli Agrawal. “But I know that you are up to those challenges because you have a degree from UMKC. You are ready for whatever comes next.”

Graduating student gets hooded on stage

National ABC News Anchor and UMKC alumna Rhiannon Ally (B.A. ‘05) congratulated the new graduates. The Raytown, MO native's almost 20-year career included a front row seat to history, documenting events including the Boston Marathon bombing, the war in Ukraine, Hurricane Katrina and the Ghislaine Maxwell trial.

Three graduating students pose together in front of a backdrop as someone takes a photo of them on a phone

“If you find what you love, push through those hard days. Things will get better if you are committed to improving every single day,” said Ally. “You hold the power to change the future, no matter what your profession is.”

A student is mid-jump as he dances on stage while receiving his diploma

Following Ally’s address and the recognition of individual graduates, the class enjoyed taking part in the tradition of moving the tassels from the right of their caps to the left to symbolize the individual's movement from candidate to graduate.Three students smile exaggeratedly at the camera in full graduation regalia

Streamers on a graduate

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