The King's College

Commencement 2017

The King's College Commencement
Saturday, May 6 at 10:00AM

Commencement Exercises for The King’s College Class of 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 AM at St. George’s Episcopal Church. The main entrance is located at 7 Rutherford Place (Between 16th Street and 17th Street in Union Square), New York, NY 10003.

Joe Ricketts
Mr. Joe Ricketts

Having spent more than 35 years helping to establish and run the world’s largest online brokerage, Joe Ricketts today has returned to his roots, focusing on a variety of entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures. A pioneer in the use of technology to revolutionize the financial services sector, Mr. Ricketts founded the company now known as TD Ameritrade, a securities industry leader that empowers self-directed investors with powerful and innovative investment tools and training.

After graduating Creighton University in 1968 with an economics degree, Mr. Ricketts began his professional career first as an investment advisor with Ricketts & Co., then as a registered representative with Dean Witter, and later a branch manager at Dun & Bradstreet. In 1975, he co-founded First Omaha Securities, a retail securities brokerage firm in Omaha, Nebraska. Under Ricketts’ leadership, First Omaha Securities was among the first companies to recognize the potential of the newly deregulated discount securities market. The company grew quickly and, through the use of innovative technology and marketing, evolved into TD Ameritrade, which today manages hundreds of billions of dollars in client assets and leads its competitors with hundreds of thousands of trades per day.

Since 2008, Mr. Ricketts has devoted himself to a variety of entrepreneurial ventures, including, High Plains Bison, The Lodge at Jackson Fork, and The American Film Company. He has also actively engaged in philanthropy through Opportunity Education Foundation, The Cloisters on the Platte Foundation, The Ricketts Art Foundation, The Ricketts Conservation Foundation, and Ending Spending, Inc. A native of Nebraska, Mr. Ricketts now lives in Little Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Mr. Ricketts and his wife of more than 50 years have four children and twelve grandchildren.

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A summary of what graduates need to know for Commencement.

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Commencement Tickets – May 6

Each graduate receives six complimentary tickets for friends and family. Additional tickets are available for $10 before Friday, April 28. Graduates may pick up all tickets (both free and purchased) between Monday, April 24 and Friday, April 28 at Student Services. Tickets are also sold at the door before the ceremony. Children five and under do not require tickets.

Please purchase additional tickets below by Friday, April 28.

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Graduating Seniors
Award Ceremony - May 5

Members of the King’s community are invited to the Award Ceremony, where we will announce graduate, staff and faculty awardsSeats are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 5:00 PM.

Please RSVP below by Monday, April 24.


Parents at commencement
Parents Reception - May 5

Graduates and parents are invited to the annual Parents Reception immediately following the Award Ceremony to mingle with graduates, faculty, and staff. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Due to space restrictions extended family and friends are not invited to this event.

Please RSVP below by Monday, April 24.


President Thornbury with a TKC student

A professional photographer will take individual pictures of each graduate before the ceremony between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM on graduation morning, while receiving their diploma, and a group photo after the ceremony. They will be available for purchase through the photographer’s website two weeks following the ceremony. More information will be sent to the graduates.

Cap toss at commencement

Order optional graduation announcements from CB Graduation Announcements. The website has multiple packages and products of various price points to choose from. Orders are shipped directly to the given address and not to the College.

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King's Gear
King's Gear

Looking for the perfect gift for your King’s graduate? Check out our selection of King’s gear. During Graduates Regalia and Commencement Ticket Pick Up from Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28, graduates receive a 20% discount on all King’s Gear items if they purchase in-person at Student Services.

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Schedule of Deadlines and Events

Friday, February 24
Deadline for Graduation Application and Fee

Thursday, March 16
First Job 101
12:00 PM  1:30 PM
Student Union

Friday, March 17
Deadline to Order Regalia

Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28
Graduates Regalia and Commencement Ticket Pick Up | 20% King’s Gear Discount
The King’s College Student Services
56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

Monday, April 24
Deadline to Register for Graduates Department Farewell, Award Ceremony, and Parents Reception

Friday, April 28
Deadline to Purchase Commencement Tickets

Graduates Department Farewell Receptions
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Locations Vary

All Graduates Celebration
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
The King’s College Student Union
56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

Wednesday, May 3
Mandatory Graduates Rehearsal
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The King’s College City Room
56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

Friday, May 5
Award Ceremony
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Trinity Church

Parents Reception
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The King’s College Lobby and Student Union
56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

Saturday, May 6
Commencement Ceremony
10:00 AM  11:30 AM
St. George’s Episcopal Church
7 Rutherford Place
(Between 16th Street and 17th Street in Union Square)
New York, NY 10003

Arrival Times
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Graduates Arrive at 209 East 16th Street Entrance
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Faculty Arrive at 4 Rutherford Place Entrance
9:30 AM  10:00 AM | Guests Arrive at 7 Rutherford Place Entrance
Immediately Following Ceremony | 2017 Class Photo in Stuyvesant Square

Plan Your Visit


Reserve your stay using our corporate discounts on The King’s College Visit Page.

Holiday Inn – Manhattan
99 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

Club Quarters – World Trade Center
140 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

The Double Tree – Stone Street
8 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004