2020 Commencement

2020 Commencement will be at 9 a.m. August 8, 2020. More specific details will be provided as they are determined.

Based on KDHE guidelines, masks/face coverings are required for all graduates, faculty, and staff. Please plan to bring and wear your own mask to the event.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the large number of RSVPs we have received, we regret to inform you that guests will not be able to attend the Commencement Ceremony in person. This was a difficult decision that was not made lightly; however, we feel it is necessary to prioritize the health and safety of our graduates, faculty and staff. We encourage all family members and friends to tune-in to the Live Stream to watch the entire ceremony online. Please visit friends.edu/commencement-live during the ceremony to watch the live stream.

Commencement Exercises

Saturday, August 8, 2020 | 9 a.m. Friends University, 2100 W University Ave | Wichita, KS 67213

  • More information on graduate check-in will be added soon. Please be prepared to arrive on campus at 8 a.m. and line up in an outdoor location.

Commencement Ceremony Details

The ceremony will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

Graduates will remain seated with their classmates for the duration of the ceremony.

There is no rehearsal or practice.

Your prompt arrival for check-in and line-up is appreciated.

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. Diplomas will be ordered and will be available for pick up or mailed to students when all academic requirements are met, financial obligations are paid and degrees have been verified. All degree requirements must be successfully completed in order to receive a diploma.

Minimum standards for undergraduate honors recognition include an overall GPA and Friends University GPA of 3.60. Honors candidates will receive red cords at the Commencement ceremonies.


Friends University has acquired a block of rooms at The Hotel at Old Town with special rates for visitors coming for commencement. Details are below:

  • All rooms include kitchens.
  • Within walking distance to great restaurants & entertainment in Old Town.
  • Complimentary parking in attached garage.
  • VIP Perks & Discounts with your room key: www.goldcapexperience.com

For reservations call 316-267-4800 and mention room block “Friends University Commencement Block”. Rates available August 7-9. Rooms must be booked by July 25, 2020 to take advantage of commencement pricing.

Hotel Accommodation Options:
Queen Studio: $89
King Studio: $99
Queen/Queen Studio: $119
One Bedroom Suite: $189

*Rates Include Parking & Wi-Fi


Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) is available for purchase from the University Bookstore. Bring your cap, gown, tassel and hood to the ceremony. Gowns should be pressed. Hoods are for graduate students only.            

Bookstore contact phone number: 316-295-5869 or 800-794-6945 ext.5869. 

Commencement Photographs

GradImages is Friends University’s official commencement photographer. Friends University provides GradImages with your email and mailing addresses. You can also register your contact information (and the contact information of up to six friends and family members). Proofs will be sent to your home and email address within five days of graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or www.gradimages.com.

Commencement Video

A professionally produced DVD of the Wichita ceremony is available from Kent Audio Visual for $15. Please contact Kent Audio Visual for more information at 316-262-4487, and reference your Friends University graduation ceremony. Videos may also be available for purchase from recent Commencement ceremonies as well.

Dr. Carey 2020 Commencement Announcement On May 9

Graduating students,

First of all, thanks for your patience with us as we deal with the range of decisions we need to make in the face of the current coronavirus pandemic. We know that the uncertainty has caused many of you anxiety about how you will be able to celebrate your and your classmates’ accomplishments. A joyous occasion, worth a serious celebration. It’s also a significant way for all of us to give thanks for how we’ve worked together to equip each of you (and ourselves) to better “… honor God and serve others by integrating your intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.” Our goal is to make it as joyous as we can under the circumstances.

Early in April, we sent out a survey to every student who had applied to graduate this spring. The results were unambiguous. You want to see and be seen by your friends and professors in person when you receive your diploma and, in the case of graduate students, your hood. Your strong preference for the ceremony is August. We got the message.

Based on your feedback, we are planning a commencement ceremony on August 8, 2020. Our initial plan is to have a hooding ceremony for the graduate students followed by a commencement ceremony.

That being said, please understand that the date is somewhat out of our hands. If the governor of Kansas declares we are not able to hold an assembly of more than a small number of people, we will not have the option to hold a ceremony on August 8. We don’t know what the governor will decide so we are planning as if it will happen on that date. If we cannot gather in early August, we will regroup and come up with plan B as soon as we have clarity about our options.

Please be patient with us as we try to balance our desire for a commencement ceremony with our obligations to our fellow citizens during this pandemic. We care about all of you.