CPM Graduation

The KU Public Management Center and the graduates of the Kansas Certified Public Manager® Program
cordially invite you to attend the
Graduation Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Kansas State Capitol Building in the House Chamber, 3rd Floor
300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS
Refreshments follow the ceremony

Click here for a PDF of the invitation

FAQ on CPM Graduation

  1. Where is graduation? Graduation will be held in the House of Representatives Chamber (3rd Floor) in the Kansas State Capitol Building. It’s a beautiful, majestic setting so bring your camera! The address is 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS. (However, the entrance to the underground parking is closest to the corner of SW Harrison & SW 8th Avenue.)
  2. How many people will be there? We estimate that there will be around 250, including the 85 CPM graduates, their guests, the PMC staff, and other guests.

    In addition to our regular three CPM class cohorts, we’ll have a fourth cohort. They are graduates of our Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Command School, who have decided to do additional rigorous work to also earn the CPM certification.

  3. Who should I invite? Feel free to invite your friends, coworkers, and family – anyone with whom you would like to share this celebration. And don’t forget those in your organization – especially supervisors – who supported your participation in CPM.
  4. Is there a limit to how many people I can invite? While there is no limit, we do ask that you be considerate of the number of graduates and the available space.
  5. How do people dress? Typically, CPM graduates dress up a bit. Usually, the men wear a jacket and tie and the women wear a business suit/dress. Those who have uniforms – law enforcement, fire fighters, etc. – often wear them. It’s not necessary, but it’s certainly fun and colorful. If you don’t happen to have dressy clothes, don’t worry about it!
  6. Where should I park? There are some free visitor parking spaces in the Statehouse underground garage. You enter this garage from 8th Avenue on the north side of the Capitol (corner of SW 8th Avenue and SW Harrison). There are signs saying you may park there for two hours for free, but we have requested to be there longer and they have given us the okay for that. 

    Once you enter the garage, look for the visitor spaces in the middle of the garage; employees park along the perimeter of that same level. There are limited spaces so you might consider carpooling. If you park in any of the Reserved areas they will be ticketed and the fine is $150.00 or more.​​ Also, note that the clearance is 8’2”.

    There are also parking meters all around the Capitol. Anyone with handicap tags can park at any meter without charge, if there aren’t any spaces inside the garage. You can see a map and prices of other parking options here: http://www.da.ks.gov/fm/buildings/information/visitorparking.htm 

    We encourage you and your guests to arrive at the Statehouse at least 10 minutes before you need to be at the House Chamber within the building. That will give you plenty of time to get parked and up to the 3rd floor House Chamber. It’s a bit of a maze from the underground garage (or any other parking location you may find), but it’s an easy walk and there are elevators.

  7. What’s the schedule for the day? We’ll start the morning with group class photos at 8:45 a.m. Please be at the Hallway outside the Old Supreme Courtroom (at the Statehouse in Topeka, 3rd Floor). Again, give yourself plenty of time to get from your parking space to this location so that you’re not frazzled for the picture. We cannot hold the picture for late-comers, since we’re on a tight timeframe to make sure we are done with instructions in the House Chamber prior to the majority of guests arriving.

    After the group photos, you can head into the House Chamber, where you will be seated in alphabetical order. Terri will give some instructions about the day and then you’ll have time to mingle with your guests.

    We’ll enjoy some inspirational thoughts during the ceremony, and then after the ceremony have some delicious refreshments. Your guests are encouraged to join you for this celebration.

  8. What happens during the ceremony? The ceremony lasts about an hour. It starts with a few speeches and recognitions, and then we award the graduates with their certificates. One by one each row of graduates gets up and stands to the side of the House Chamber. (Someone will be there to direct each row when it’s their turn to stand.)

    When your name is called, you’ll walk over to Terri and Laura while someone from the PMC reads what agency you’re from and the short piece you wrote about your CPM experience (if applicable). You’ll stop between Laura and Terri to receive your certificate and stand for your official photograph (and do let your family know that they are welcome to come up and take photos as well). You’ll leave Terri and Laura and be handed your CPM challenge coin. You’ll go back to your seat, wait for everyone else to get their certificate, then recite the CPM oath, which will be printed in the program.

    Don’t worry about the actual movement – where to sit, line up, etc. – we’ll practice that right after the group photos. Relax and have fun.

  9. Do I have to say anything at the ceremony? Nope.* We’ll read your short piece for you. All you have to do is walk across the front of the House Chamber and smile for the cameras as you bask in the glow of your accomplishments in the program.

    *After Terri has received all of the nominations from each class for whom they want to be their class speaker, she’ll be in touch with the class representative. She’ll give you direction on what you can do to best represent your class – like prepare your comments ahead of time with input from your classmates, check your speaking volume on the Chamber microphone since we have no way to moderate the volume during the ceremony without disruption, etc.

  10. Is the House Chamber wheelchair-accessible? Yes, with a little bit of preparation. (We just have to request that certain doors be unlocked.)If you or one of your guests will be using a wheelchair, please contact Kristina Clark at kristinaclark@ku.edu a couple of days prior to graduation.
  11. Can my family and friends take pictures during the ceremony? Yes! And we’d love to see them afterwards too. Please contact Kristina Clark at kristinaclark@ku.edu if you’d like to share them through our Facebook page.
  12. Will our guests be introduced? No. We’ll have the CPM graduates applaud the audience as a whole. There just isn’t time to introduce guests during the ceremony, but the PMC staff would love to meet your guests during the reception.
  13. Where will my guests sit? Your guests are welcome to sit in any seat at the back of the House Chamber that does not have a graduate’s name on it, and, if needed or preferred, up in the House balcony.
  14. Are children welcome? Yes! We think it’s important to model the idea that learning continues throughout one’s life, and we find that children are excited about the accomplishments of their parents. If your guests include young children, we suggest that the adults with them position themselves near an exit just in case the kids get restless or noisy. We want the graduates and the guests to be able to hear and focus on the speakers. Small activity books and crayons will be provided.
  15. Any other questions? Please contact Kristina Clark at kristinaclark@ku.edu or 785-864-9090.

Click here for a PDF of the FAQs


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