Class of 2020 Commencement

Kansas City University
Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Although we cannot be together to share this momentous day, we hope our virtual ceremony will provide a heart-felt tribute to your hard work and dedication.

The pre-recorded virtual ceremony incorporates elements of a traditional commencement including messages from the president and the deans, the osteopathic oath and presentation of the military officers. The video features a world-renowned keynote speaker and a special guest, as well as student photos and names of each graduate are included in the video. Download the Class of 2020 Commencement Program.

This pre-recorded ceremony will be available for graduates, families and friends starting on Sat., May 9 at 9 a.m. CDT. The video can be viewed anytime. If you have problems connecting, call the KCU Help Desk at (816) 654-7700 or helpdesk@kcumb.edu.

Class of 2020 Awards

Each year, Kansas City University recognizes graduating students with a variety of awards and honors. We extend special congratulations to the award recipients of the Class of 2020, who have displayed exemplary leadership, service and achievement during their time at KCU. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments. 

President’s Award
Paige Michele Owens-Kurtz
Given to a student who has made significant and meritorious contributions to the larger community in a leadership role while enrolled as a student at the University.
 
Dean’s Award
Kevin Thomas Bartel
Given to a student who has excelled academically and made significant and meritorious contributions to the University community while enrolled as a student, and who has enhanced the overall quality and spirit of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Silver Stethoscope Award
James Robert MacDonald
Presented to the student ranked second in the class of graduating osteopathic medical students.

Gold Stethoscope Award
Nicole Elizabeth Bernskoetter
Presented to the student ranked first in the class of graduating osteopathic medical students.

Student DO of the Year
Marc Larsen-Hallock
Presented to a student who embodies: leadership, commitment to community service, dedication to the profession, professionalism, and embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.

Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Student of the Year
Hamid Nazimuddin
Presented for achievements in leadership and service to the school and non-affiliated entities while enrolled in the College of Biosciences.

Biomedical Sciences Research Track Student of the Year
Amy Wysong
Presented for achievements in leadership and service to the school and non-affiliated entities while enrolled in the College of Biosciences research track program.
 
Biosciences Faculty Student of the Year
Fatima McKindra
Presented for achievements in academic excellence and classroom engagement while in the College of Biosciences.

Biosciences Staff Student of the Year
Matthew Ohtani
Presented for achievements made in professionalism while in the College of Biosciences.

Janet H. Glasgow Memorial Award
Nicole Elizabeth Bernskoetter
Recognizes a female student graduating first in her class.

KCU-COM Basic Science Research Award
James Youngmin Yang
Presented to an osteopathic medical student who has demonstrated significant interest and participation in basic sciences research.
 
KCU-COM Clinical Science Research Award
Sara Nicole Brigham
Presented to an osteopathic medical student who has demonstrated significant interest and participation in clinical science research.

Mathews Military Honor Graduate Award
Paige Michele Owens-Kurtz
The Mathews Military Honor Scholarship was established at Kansas City University in 2003. Named for Colonel H.T. Mathews, a dedicated infantry officer, of 33 years, who was considered a “soldier’s soldier.” Colonel Mathews was wounded in World War II in the Leaning Tower of Pisa and had the utmost respect for the military physicians who cared for him at that time and throughout the rest of his life. He always remarked at the devotion, long hours, dedication, and compassion exhibited by these military physicians. This award honors the military graduate (selected from all branches) who best exemplifies academic excellence, commitment to serve in the military, leadership, service to one’s community and esprit de corps. The scholarship is given out annually, by his son’s Foundation, Colonel Thomas Mathews, Class 1979, to a military graduating student and should be prioritized to assist the student in their preparation for residency.
 
Missouri State Medical Association Honor Graduate Award
Kellen John Smutz
Recognizes a member of the Missouri State Medical Association for outstanding achievement in the study of medicine.

Thomas V. Thomas, MD, Award for Research
Kyle M. Yuquimpo
Presented to an osteopathic student who has taken advantage of the most research opportunities and demonstrated significant interest and participation in research.

Vesalius Award
Derek Daniel Schirmer
Presented for outstanding academic performance in the disciplines of human anatomy, histology, and neuroanatomy, as well as service the Department of Anatomy.
 
American Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
Recognizes female medical students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class.
Jacqueline Elizabeth Beverlin
Sarah Jewel Dunalewicz
Samantha M. Engel
Anima Ghimire
Caitlin Walenta Gluck
Brittney Amber Justice
Julia Ann Lauria
Catherine Morgen Mayer
Kylie Monroe Smith

Virtual Receptions

Our “Virtual Reception” rooms will be open starting at 10 a.m. CDT on May 9 and will stay open for two weeks. There will be no formal program or agenda. This is a space for KCU graduates to meet, catch up with friends and share future plans. Feel free to share these links with your friends and families.

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Join the meeting: https://call.lifesizecloud.com/49381

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Call in by Phone (audio only)
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Meeting extension: 49381#

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College of Biosciences

Join the meeting: https://call.lifesizecloud.com/809231

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United States: +1 (312) 584-2401, 809231#

Call in by Phone (audio only)
United States: +1 (312) 584-2401
Meeting extension: 809231#

Calling from a Lifesize conference room system? Dial 809231 with the keypad.

Join Dr. Hahn and Dr. D’Agostino in the College of Osteopathic Medicine reception, and Dr. Hahn and Dr. White in the College of Biosciences reception following the commencement ceremony.

If you have problems connecting, call the KCU Help Desk at (816) 654-7700 or helpdesk@kcumb.edu.


Keynote Speaker

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH
Dean, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Since July 2014, Dr. Khan has served as Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he is also a professor of epidemiology. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as leading numerous other divisions within the CDC throughout his career. He is the author of The Next Pandemic and serves on the WHO steering committee for the global outbreak alert and response network. Read more

Join Us on Social Media

Please share how you are celebrating your graduation. Submit photos and videos to ALmiller@kcumb.edu and use the hashtag #KCUgrad2020.

Graduation Boxes

Graduation boxes started shipping from the fulfillment center in Kansas City, MO on Friday, May 29. They should all be shipped no later than Tuesday, June 2 and will arrive 3-7 business days depending upon the destination (certain locations such as Hawaii or international will take longer). Please note that diploma covers will arrive with diplomas. Any questions regarding diplomas should be directed to the Registrar’s office.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging situation.


Hometown Press Release

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