Friends University will recognize about 650 graduates during a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. May 11 at INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, in Wichita.
The ceremony will include 247 graduate students and 393 undergraduate students, and graduate students will be hooded during the ceremony. More than 500 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony.
As the graduates walk across the stage at the ceremony, they will be wearing environmentally friendly gowns from Jostens. The gowns are made from 100 percent acetate material, which is proven to decompose in soil in just one year.
The speaker during the commencement ceremony will be Friends University President T.J. Arant. Dr. Arant is the 13th president of the University and has been serving as the institution’s leader for nearly two years.
For those who are not able to attend the commencement ceremony but would still like to watch a loved one receive his or her diploma, the University will be streaming the event live on its website. In addition, friends and family can tweet messages of congratulations to their graduates that will be shown on the large screen at the event. Live tweeting will occur 30 minutes before the ceremony and while graduates are crossing the stage. To participate, sign into Twitter and use this hashtag: #FriendsUGrads.
The University also recognized approximately 60 graduates from the Topeka area during a ceremony at the Topeka Performing Arts Center May 5.
For more details on Friends University’s commencement ceremonies, please visit www.friends.edu/commencement-info or contact 295-5400.