Graduation

The School of Business graduation recognition ceremonies are formal events that honor graduating undergraduates, master's and doctoral students. Graduates must wear cap and gown to participate. Master's and doctoral students should bring their hood for the hooding ceremony. No tickets are required for guests to attend the School of Business recognition ceremonies.

All spring 2019 graduates, regardless of their participation in the recognition ceremony, must complete the school's Graduation and Destination Survey. This survey will go live starting April 1, 2019, and must be completed by May 10, 2019. 

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.

Spring 2019 Undergraduate Ceremony

6 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019
Allen Fieldhouse
1651 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66044

Spring 2019 Master of Accounting Ceremony

1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019
Burge Union
1565 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045

Spring 2019 Graduate Ceremony (MBA, MSB)

3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019
Burge Union
1565 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045

Fall 2019 Ceremony

10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Lied Center of Kansas
1600 Stewart Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

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: KU Bookstore, 785-864-4640; Edwards Campus bookstore, 913-897-8580.

Degree information in announcements should read:

Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting Certificate (if applicable)
  • Minor (if applicable)
Masters
  • 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
Ph.D.

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

Invitations

No formal printed invitations will be mailed. Students who have applied for spring 2019 graduation will receive emails about the recognition ceremony from the school beginning in February.

 

Arrival & Attendance

Tickets are not required for graduates or guests to attend the School of Business recognition ceremonies.

For the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Ceremony:

  • Undergraduate degree candidates: Check-in is required and begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Degree candidates must arrive no later than 5 p.m. and enter through the north doors of the pavilion. Signs will be posted to direct graduates to check-in tables to get name cards (to be read while crossing the stage) and a ceremony information handout.
  • Guests: Doors will open at 5 p.m. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

For the Spring 2019 Master of Accounting Ceremony:

  • Master of Accounting degree candidates: Check-in is required and begins at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Burge Union. Degree candidates must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. and should follow signs to check-in tables to get name cards (to be read while crossing the stage) and a ceremony information handout.
  • Guests: Doors will open at 12 p.m. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

For the Spring 2019 Graduate (MBA, MSB) Ceremony:

  • MBA and MSB degree candidates: Check-in is required and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Burge Union. Degree candidates must arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. and should follow signs to check-in tables to get name cards (to be read while crossing the stage) and a ceremony information handout.
  • Guests: Doors will open at 2 p.m. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

 

Accommodations

Allen Fieldhouse: Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on the floor level at the north and south ends of Allen Fieldhouse in sections M and B. Limited-mobility seating is available in the first row of sections 2-10 on the second level. See an usher for: (a) elevator, (b) wheelchair-accessible seating area, or (c) seating for guests who require assistance in walking.

Burge Union: Wheelchair-accessible seating will be available at both of the School of Business ceremonies on Saturday.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the KU School of Business graduation recognition ceremonies, please contact the KU School of Business by May 10, 2019, at bschoolgraduation@ku.edu.

Parking

Free parking is available throughout campus beginning 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, through noon Monday, May 20. This includes the Allen Fieldhouse and Central District parking garages. All KU lots will be open and free on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 3,000 parking stalls in proximity of Allen Fieldhouse and Murphy Hall. Visit the KU Commencement website for more information.

Program

Each program is expected to last approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Photos

GradImages is the official vendor that has been hired to take photographs at recognition events on the Lawrence campus on Commencement weekend. See more information about where to find photos at commencement.ku.edu/photography .

Diploma

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.

Questions?

Please contact bschoolgraduation@ku.edu.


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Questions? Check out our Graduate Reporting FAQs page. 

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