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Graduation Information


Plan Ahead: Students completing degrees in December 2019, March/May/June/August 2020 will be eligible to participate in the May 2020 graduation ceremony.

Graduate application deadline is November, 15 2019.  Please contact the Registration Office to verify your status to participate in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony.



Schedule of Activities At A Glance:

Wednesday, May 6 - Graduation Practice
4:00 pm - Mabee Fieldhouse

Friday, May 8th - Sending Ceremony & Reception

Saturday, May 9th - Commencement
10:00 am
Kansas City Convention Center-Bartle Hall
Exhibit Hall E
300 West 13th St. Kansas City, MO 64105 - 


Guest Information

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Information

Hotels within 2 blocks of Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown - Aladdin
1215 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Crown Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64105


Parking Information

Barney Allis Plaza Parking Garage
(Between 12th and 13th Streets)
Enter the parking garage on Wyandotte or Central between 12th & 13th Streets)

Auditorium Plaza Garage
1220 Wyandotte St
Kansas City, MO 64105

KMBC/Lyric Lot - 3 blocks from venue
200 West 11th St
Kansas City, MO 64105

In addition to these locations, several parking areas will be reserved to accommodate guests with special needs.  If you need special parking accommodations, please call Janine Urness at 816.501.3758.

Parking Garages on KC StreetCar Light Rail Route

Guests should get off at the Power and Light Stop at 14th & Main.  Walk three blocks west to 14th & Central then one block north to 13th and Central to the Kansas City Convention Center - 2100 Lobby entrance.

Union Station Parking 
30 Pershing Road (side to pick up Light Rail)
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

KC Streetcar information along with additional parking along the light rail route can be found here!

Information for Mobility-Impaired Guests

Mobility-Impaired Guests

Avila University and the Kansas City Convention Center do not provide wheelchairs for mobility-impaired guests.  It is strongly encouraged that guests make arrangements prior to Commencement Weekend to ensure availability.  If special accommodations (parking and ceremony seating) are required for your guest/s, please contact Janine Urness in the Academic Affairs office at 816.501.3758.
Mobility impaired guests may be dropped off at the Kansas City Convention Center Entrance (located at 300 West 13th St - 2100 Lobby)  with a companion to accompany them. Upon entrance into the event area, there will be hostesses available to identify seating for guest with wheelchairs and other motorized chairs.

For safety purposes all walk-ways inside the Kansas City Convention must remain clear, therefore individuals with strollers and large bags will be seated in a special area.

Photography and Videotaping

Photography and Videotaping

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the commencement ceremony. Visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration. Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos.

After graduation, order online at or call 800.261.2576.

Personal audio-video taping and photography during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies is allowed but keeping in alignment with the following:   

**Family and friends wishing to take photographs of candidates are asked to do so either before or after ceremonies.

**Personal audio-video taping and photography during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies are prohibited in the graduate seating area or by the platform.

Commencement Etiquette

Commencement Etiquette

The Commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. We ask that all guests respect the ceremony, graduates and other guests by behaving in the dignified manner that the occasion merits. In keeping with decorum and the Avila tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guidelines.

 Key Points

  1. Keep all confetti, balloons, and noisemakers outside of the venue 

  2. Food, beverages, or rude and disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Security personnel will be on-site to enforce these restrictions and prevent disruptive behavior

  3. Cellular phones should be turned to their silent operating modes to help ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the graduation activities 

  4. During the reading of the names of the graduates, we ask guests to be considerate in their applause so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted. We ask that you express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speakers and enjoying the ceremony 

  5. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony until after the recessional. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates


Graduation Events

Graduation Practice | May 6

Graduation Practice

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
graduation practice
4 p.m. (Student Check-in begins at 3:30pm)
Mabee Fieldhouse

All Bachelor and Master Degree candidates participating in the commencement exercises are REQUIRED to attend this practice session. Caps and gowns are not worn. Practice lasts approximately one hour.

If you are absolutely unable to attend practice, please request to be excused by emailing

Sending Ceremony | May 8

Sending Ceremony & Reception

Friday, May 10, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Mabee Fieldhouse

There are no tickets required for the Sending Ceremony, but we do request that graduates submit a reservation.  Click the button below to make your reservation today.

The Sending Ceremony is our baccalaureate celebration that all graduates, Bachelor’s and Master’s, are encouraged to attend with families. The ceremony celebrates our Avila Heritage and has become an important part of our Avila tradition. Graduates process into this ceremony as a class. The 35 minute ceremony is followed by a big reception (food, beer and wine are served) where it has become common that families have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff.  The reception is co-hosted by Campus Ministry and the Avila University Alumni Association. 

Graduates are asked to dress business casual, no caps and gowns. Graduates should meet in the Pavilion at 5:30 p.m.

Please plan to make this Avila celebration a part of your graduation weekend.

Questions regarding the Sending Ceremony should be directed to Campus Ministry at 816.501.2423.

Commencement Ceremony | May 9


two graduates

Saturday, May 9, 2020
10:00 a.m. 
Kansas City Convention Center - 
Exhibit Hall E
300 West 13th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64105

No guest limits or tickets required.

Please allow two hours for the ceremony.  
*CAPS AND GOWNS: When caps and gowns are ready for pickup in the bookstore, an email will be sent to your Avila email and the private email address you provided on your graduation application.

Graduate check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.  All graduates should allow time to park and be checked in no later than 9:20 a.m. Graduates not checked in by 9:20 a.m. may not be allowed to walk.  Detailed instructions will be given at Graduation Practice on May 8.  

Questions regarding diplomas should be directed to the Office of Registration and Student Records at 816-501-2410. 

Audit / Application Process

Request for Bachelor's Degree Audit for Graduation

Request for Bachelor Graduation Audit


No less than two semesters and no more than four semesters; you should log into MyAU and request an audit to be completed for your degree.

Once you have completed this through MyAU, please allow four to six weeksfor the audit to be completed in the Registration & Student Records Office. You will receive a communication from the Registration Office indicating your requirements through your Avila e-mail. Your academic advisor/s will also receive a copy of your audit results. 

After receiving your audit results, please make an appointment with your academic advisor/s to review and determine when you will be able to complete the requirements. This will determine your graduation conferred date.

Application Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines and Fees

If participating in commencement, application is due:

For all degree completion dates – NOVEMBER 15.

If NOT participating in commencement, application is due:

Degree Completion Date

Application Due Date:


November 15


February 1


March 15


May 1


June 15

A one-time graduation fee of $175 will be charged to student accounts when the application is received. Late fees will be charged to students who apply after the above deadlines. 

General Graduation Info

Graduation Honors

Graduation Honors


Graduation honors are awarded for baccalaureate degrees only. Honors for the first baccalaureate degree will be based on all work completed, including transfer work. Honors for the second baccalaureate degree will be based on Avila University work only. Students must have completed at least 64 hours of coursework at Avila after the completion of the first degree to be eligible for honors.

Graduation honors are based on the cumulative grade point average as follows:
Summa cum laude ............. 3.900 – 4.000
Magna cum laude............... 3.700 – 3.899
Cum laude .......................... 3.500 – 3.699

Honors announced at the graduation ceremony will be based on the work completed the fall semester prior to May graduation. If a student did not attend the fall semester, the announced honors will be based on the grade point average from the last semester of attendance prior to the fall semester.

Official honors will be recorded on the student’s diploma and transcript. Official honors are based on the final grade point average after the last semester of coursework is completed. Official honors may be different than those announced at graduation ceremony if a student’s grade point average changes the status during the last semester of coursework.

Double Majors/Second Degree

Double Major and Degree Conferred


When two majors are completed in different areas (e.g. B.S., B.A.), the student must designate which major is the first major, which will indicate which degree will be conferred.  In addition to meeting all requirements for the first major, the student must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) credits in the second major that are not already used to satisfy requirements for the first major requirements for core.

Second Degree Requirements for earning two degrees to be awarded simultaneously:

  • Completion of a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours at Avila University in addition to the minimum 128 hours required for the first baccalaureate degree for a total of 158 hours.

  • Completion of both majors with at least 12 upper-division hours in each major taken at Avila University; a “C” grade is required in each upper-division course in the majors.

Requirements for earning a second degree after having been awarded a baccalaureate degree:

  • Completion of a minimum of thirty (30) additional semester hours at Avila University after the awarding of the first baccalaureate degree.

  • Completion of a major with at least 12 upper-division hours in the major taken at Avila University; a “C” grade is required in each upper-division course in the major.

  • Completion of the core curriculum as stated in the academic catalog.
Diploma Information

Diploma Information

You will receive written notification from the Registration & Student Records Office when your degree is ready. If you prefer to have your diploma mailed to you, please click the link below:

Mail My Diploma

Class Rings/Announcements

Class Rings/Announcements

Announcements & Class Rings

Will be determined at a later date.

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Application

Bachelor Graduation Application


Effective October 15, 2017, the graduation fee is $175.

You must have requested a Bachelor’s degree audit, received your results, and discussed with your academic advisor/s before applying to graduate.

Once you receive your graduation audit results and review with your advisor to determine your graduation conferred date, then you can submit your Graduation Application in MyAU.  You will receive a confirmation email once you submit your Graduation Application in MyAU.  

Please make sure to check out the Graduation Events section of this webpage for information regarding  Graduation Practice, Alumni at Last Bash, Sending Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony.

Master's Degree Graduation Application

Master Graduation Application


Effective October 15, 2017, the graduation fee is $175.

Notice: Master students are not required to submit a Graduation Audit Request form.  

Please submit your Graduation Application in MyAU. You will receive a confirmation email when submitted.  You will also receive a graduation snapshot of your degree requirements from the Registration and Student Records Office.  The graduation snapshot will be sent to your Avila email account.

Please make sure to check out the Graduation Events section of this webpage for information regarding Graduation Practice, Alumni at Last Bash, Sending Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony.

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