McKivitz was a four-year starter for the Mountaineers, starting 47 games and playing in 50 during his time in Morgantown. He was awarded Big 12 Conference Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year honors and was named to the All Big 12 Conference First Team following the 2019 season. McKivitz finished the 2019 season ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 for highest pass blocking grade (83.0) and No. 4 in the Big 12 for highest run blocking grade (67.0). He posted zero missed assignments against JMU, Missouri, Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma State and TCU, and allowed just 1 sack through 12 games.
McKivitz is the second Mountaineer to hear their name called this afternoon, with former teammate Kenny Robinson getting selected by the Carolina Panthers with the pick immediately before McKivitz.