Front facing of the Independence campus building

Independence Campus Commencement

4:00 p.m. - Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

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Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050

The December 2019 Commencement Ceremony is being held at the Community of Christ Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. We ask graduates to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. to register and prepare for the ceremony. The Auditorium is a large facility, and Graceland puts no restrictions on the number of guests you may invite.

Front entrance and circle drive of the Community of Christ Auditorium

Community of Christ Auditorium

Commencement Speaker

Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, FAANGraceland is glad to welcome back Julia Snethen as the commencement speaker for Fall 2019. Snethen received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Graceland in 1982. She went on to study maternal-child nursing at the University of Texas-Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where she received her Master of Science degree in nursing in the functional tracts of nursing education and pediatric nurse practitioner. Attending school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Snethen completed a doctorate degree in nursing, where her research focused on adolescents’ perspectives of living with end-stage renal disease. Snethen worked with Marion Broome on her post-doctoral fellowship, in which she qualitatively examined the process of informed consent for research with children, from the perspective of the sibling.

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, is the deadline to order Herff Jones graduation supplies including caps, tams, gowns and hoods. Graduation apparel may be picked up the week of Dec. 9, 2019, in the Independence campus bookstore, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, MO 64050.