The second weekend of May is usually the highlight of the year for Central Seminary, and this year is no exception.  The 2018 Commencement ceremony is happening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the 21st Century Learning Center on the Shawnee campus and will be the culminating event for the academic year and all the graduates, as well as for the other highlight of the week, the launch of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence. (HOTELS NEAR THE SEMINARY LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)
Thursday – May 10 – 7:00 p.m. – Buttry Center Launch Event
Baugh-Marshall Chapel
Friends of Central are invited to gather in the Baugh-Marshall Chapel for a celebration with Dan and Sharon Buttry, who serve as global peace consultants for International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches.  At this time we will hear the Buttrys’ hopes and dreams for the center, as well as how Central will be partnering with them to make those hopes and dreams a reality.
Friday – May 11 – 9:00 a.m. to noon – Workshop with Buttrys
Baugh-Marshall Chapel
The Buttrys will lead a workshop, Conflict Transformation with Our Diversity, on Friday morning. While there is no charge for this workshop, registration is required. Click here for the online registration.  We encourage you to register early to reserve your space. The workshop will be a preview for the Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers that will be happening August 7-16 at Central.
Friday – May 11 – 3:15 p.m. – Graduating Sisters’ Blessing
Baugh-Marshall Chapel
The Graduating Sisters’ Blessing is a time for area women ministers, faculty, staff, and alumnae to give words of wisdom and encouragement to the women who will be graduating the next morning. If you would like to attend, click here to let us know
Friday – May 11 – 6:00 p.m. – Central Alumni/ae Gathering and Reception
Baugh-Marshall Chapel & Smith Courtyard/Koinonia
Central Alums will have their annual gathering followed by a reception, a good time for alums to reconnect, meet and bless the graduates, and to celebrate the 50-year alums and alums of the year. An added bonus this year will be an interview between Dr. Ruth Rosell and Dr. Dan Buttry. Alums may register for the program and reception here.
Saturday – May 12 – 10:00 a.m. – Commencement 
21st Century Learning Center & Smith Courtyard
Guests for Saturday’s Commencement service will have one more opportunity to hear from Buttry as he is featured as the Commencement speaker. Along with celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates during the service, Central will also honor Dr. Ircel Harrison with the Distinguished Service Award.
All are invited to join the seminary for these events
Click here for more about the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence



Here is a list of hotel information for Commencement purposes…

( These are the hotels that are closest to the school. )

Hampton Inn Kansas City/Shawnee Mission
16555 Midland Drive
Shawnee, KS  66217
Central Seminary Rate applies
Courtyard by Marriott
17250 Midland Dr.
Shawnee, Kansas 66217
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Shawnee-Kansas City West
17346 Midland Dr.
Shawnee, KS 66217

( This one is a little farther, but they offer pretty good rates… )

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
11400 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210
PROD: 1531924871