Friends University to recognize 2023 graduates May 13

Friends University will honor the 2023 graduating class at this year’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at INTRUST Bank Arena at 2 p.m. The ceremony will recognize graduates from the university’s Wichita and Overland Park sites as well as online graduates.

Regina Miller, award-winning entrepreneur and owner of both Trailblazers Academy and R. Miller Consulting L.L.C, will give the commencement address. Miller has 45 years of early childhood experience and over 35 years of leadership and management experience with her businesses. As an educator for the youngest of learners, Miller and her team at Trailblazers Academy have created a full library dedicated in honor of Helen Miller-Umenyi, fulfilling her vision of fostering literacy enrichment opportunities for students.

Miller is a member of the Friends University Board of Trustees, National Child Care Association, the Greater YMCA board, the Wichita School District 259 advisory board for early childhood education and previously served 20 years as an advisor on the Butler Community College Early Childhood Education board. She is a graduate of Butler Community College and holds associate degrees in both early childhood education and general studies.

Livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend in person. More information on the livestream link and Commencement can be found at

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.