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

All graduates, regardless of their participation in the recognition ceremony, must complete the school's Graduation and Destination Survey. The survey will be live starting Nov. 6.

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 2017 Ceremony

10 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017
Lied Center

Spring 2018 Ceremony

5 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018 (time subject to change)
Allen Fieldhouse

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 graduation will receive emails about the recognition ceremony from the school beginning in March.

Arrival & Attendance

Students should arrive no later than one hour before the ceremony begins.

  • For the fall 2017 ceremony: Student check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Lied Center Pavilion. Students should enter at the Lied Center Pavilion entrance on the east side of the building. (Signs will be posted to direct graduates.)

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. No tickets are required for guests to attend the School of Business recognition ceremony.


For the fall ceremony: The Lied Center offers barrier-free entrances and accessible seating, in addition to other services. Please visit the Lied Center website for more information.

For the spring ceremony: 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.

Please email before the ceremony to request signing for hearing-impaired guests. Guests needing accommodations should arrive early (one hour before the ceremony).


For the fall ceremony: Please visit the Lied Center website for directions and parking information.

For the spring ceremony: Free parking is available throughout campus starting Friday at 1 p.m. through Sunday of Commencement weekend, including the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage and all surface lots. View a map of campus parking here.

Handicapped-accessible parking is in Lots 70 and 71, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once they are full, these lots can still be used for dropping off or picking up.


The program will last approximately two 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.


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