At mid-year commencement, UMKC presented honorary doctorates to two Kansas Citians: New York Times bestselling author Candice Millard and David Von Drehle, writer and editor at large for The Washington Post.

“It’s not enough to be smart. It’s not enough to be brilliant — genius even. If you don’t work hard, all that candle power, all that blazing potential will go to waste, and that would be a shame, because, speaking on behalf of the rest of the world, we need you.”

– Candice Millard

“Seek diversity in your lives. Seek out people who think differently from you and spend time with them — not in  confrontation, but in community.”

– David Von Drehle


First Class