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 fall 2019 graduates, regardless of their participation in the recognition ceremony, must complete the school's Graduation and Destination Survey. We will announce when the survey becomes available.

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.

Fall 2019 Graduation Recognition 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)
  • 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. Students who have applied for fall 2019 graduation will receive emails about the recognition ceremony from the school beginning in October.

Arrival & Attendance

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

For the Fall 2019 Ceremony:

  • Degree candidates: Check-in is required and begins at 9 a.m. Students must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. Please enter at the Lied Center Pavilion entrance on the east side of the building and follow signs to check-in tables to get your name card (to be read when you cross the stage).
  • Guests: Doors will open at 9 a.m. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.


Guests should see an usher for directions to an elevator, wheelchair-accessible seating area, or aisle seating for guests who require assistance walking. Ushers may also provide listening-aid equipment (signing available upon advanced request) and seating closer to the stage for the visually impaired. Guests needing accommodations should arrive one hour before the ceremony.

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 Dec. 2, 2019, at


The program is expected to last approximately 1 hour.


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


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between Commencement at the stadium and the business school ceremonies?
A: The School of Business ceremonies are just for business school degree candidates. At our graduation ceremonies, you will have your name read and walk across the stage. Commencement is held each May and open to all KU degree candidates. To find more information about Commencement, visit

Q: Do I need to RSVP to attend graduation?
A: If you completed your Graduation and Destination Survey and marked you are attending graduation, you're all set. Even if you forgot or aren't sure if you completed the survey and RSVP'd, you can still attend. Just show up with your cap and gown. Master's and doctoral students should also bring their hood. All grads must wear the appropriate regalia.

Q: Someone in my family needs accessible seating for the ceremony. Will that be provided?
A: Yes, have your guests find a staff member at a help desk location for directions and assistance to accessible seating.

Please contact with any additional questions.

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Questions? Check out our Graduate Reporting FAQs page. 

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