COVID-19 update

The University of Kansas hopes to conduct Commencement activities as planned. However, if ceremonies present a risk to public health, the university will consider alternative ways to celebrate spring 2020 graduates. Please keep in mind that the situation is fluid. Along with the university, the School of Business will do its best to share the latest developments and how they will affect Commencement and other recognition events at KU. Updates will be posted on the Commencement website and on


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 graduates, regardless of their participation in the recognition ceremony, will need to complete the school's Graduation and Destination Survey. Each semester, we will announce via email 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.

Spring 2020 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

4 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2020
Allen Fieldhouse
1651 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66044
Spring and summer 2020 master's degree candidates are invited to attend this ceremony.

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

7 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2020
Allen Fieldhouse
1651 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66044
Spring and summer 2020 bachelor's degree candidates are invited to attend this ceremony.

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 apply for spring 2020 graduation will receive emails about the recognition ceremony from the school beginning in March 2020.

Arrival & Attendance

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

For the Spring 2020 Ceremony:

  • Degree candidates: Check-in is required and begins an hour and a half before the ceremony in Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Students must arrive no later than an hour before the ceremony. Students should 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).
  • Guests: Doors will open at an hour before the ceremony begins. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.


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. Guests should find an usher regarding: (a) elevator, (b) wheelchair-accessible seating area, or (c) seating for guests who require assistance in walking.

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 1, 2020, at


Free parking will be available throughout campus starting 1 p.m. Friday, May 15. 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.


The program is expected to last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.


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 David Booth Kansas Memorial 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 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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