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Congratulations to those of you who will graduate at KCC's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The KCC board of trustees, faculty and staff proudly recognize the achievements of KCC's graduates, and also acknowledge parents, spouses, and friends for their support.

Alphie Ambrose and family Grad 2016Time and Place

Saturday, May 16, 2020
10 a.m.
George H. Ryan Activities Center
KCC Riverfront Campus

The ceremony will last about 90 minutes.

Graduates - Arrive at the Main Entrance by 8:30 a.m. 

Faculty and Administrators - Arrive at lower level of College Center by 9:30 a.m.

Guests - Graduates may invite up to 5 guests to be in the gymnasium for the commencement ceremony. Wristbands are required for admission to the gymnasium. (Graduates receive their wristbands when they pick up their cap and gown.)

Guests who are not seated in the gymnasium may watch the ceremony on a live videocast in the auditorium (Room L110), the Iroquois Room (Room D152) or the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall (Room D140). 

Doors to the gym open at 8:45 a.m. for guests needing assistance and 9 a.m. for general seating. Doors will close at 9:55 a.m. or when seating capacity is reached.

Strollers may be parked in the Activities Building lobby, but are not permitted in the gymnasium. Also, guests are kindly asked not to bring balloons and other large celebratory items that could obstruct the view of others.  


The commencement speaker will be announced in early May, 2020.


A reception follows the ceremony in the College Center. Join us for refreshments!


Graduates will receive a diploma cover as they cross the platform, but the actual diplomas will not be presented at the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates after final grades are processed. This is common practice at most colleges and universities.

Commencement photos

Professional photographers will be at commencement taking photos before, during and after the ceremony. They will take photos of graduates as they leave the stage. Individual photos may be ordered from Image Group Photography. Choose the link to the KCC Photo Gallery.


If you're from out of town, review the directions to KCC riverfront campus. Park in any designated open parking lot. Handicapped parking is available in the first row. ​