The School of Business graduation recognition ceremony is a formal event that honors graduating undergraduates, masters and doctoral students. Graduates must wear cap and gown to participate. Masters students should bring their hood for the hooding ceremony.

The University of Kansas Commencement is a less formal, no ticket required, all-university graduation event for several thousand students held outdoors in Memorial Stadium each May. The "walk down the hill" is a fun tradition where students often bring balloons or decorate caps and gowns.

2016 Spring Ceremony

5 p.m. May 13, 2016
Allen Fieldhouse

2016 Fall Ceremony

10 a.m. Dec. 10, 2016
Lied Center of Kansas


Students planning to attend the ceremony must complete the School of Business Graduation and Destination Survey. If you have questions about the survey, check out our Graduate Reporting FAQs page.

Attire & Announcements

Caps and gowns (drab colored tassels for undergraduates, black tassels for Masters, or gold or black tassels for Doctorates), hoods, honors cords, rings, and announcements can be found at: Kansas Union (785) 864-4640 Jayhawk Bookstore (785) 843-3826. Edwards Campus bookstore (913) 897-8580. Ordering deadline is March 25.

Degree information in announcements should read:

Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Business Administration
  • BBA Edwards Campus
  • Accounting
  • Science in Business
  • Business Administration-Juris Doctor
  • Business Administration-Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Business Administration-Petroleum Management
  • Business Administration-Master of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Business Administration-Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Business Administration-Master of Arts in Russian, E. European & Eurasian Studies
  • Business Administration-Master in Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Business

Students should wear dark clothing (including dark shoes and socks) that will be visible below the robe.


No formal printed invitations will be mailed. Please contact with questions.


Students should arrive one hour before the ceremony begins. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.


The program will last approximately one-and-a-half to two hours.


An official vendor has been hired to take photographs on Commencement day and at recognition events on the Lawrence campus.


Available at the KU Visitor Center or it can be mailed for a fee starting in late July for Spring graduates, early October for summer graduates, and early March for Fall graduates. Contact the Registrar at (785) 864-4422.

BBA students who have completed the Edwards Campus diploma request may pick up their diplomas at the Regents Center reception desk at the Edwards Campus.


Graduation and Destination Survey

The Graduation and Destination Survey should be completed by all graduates, whether or not you plan to attend the Business School Recognition Ceremony.

The recommended survey timeframes are as follows:

  • December Graduates
    • November 1 - November 30
  • May and August Graduates
    • April 1 - April 30

Questions? Check out our Graduate Reporting FAQs page. 

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