The 146th Commencement of the University of Kansas will take place Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Memorial Stadium beginning at 10:30am. At that time, nearly 5,000 graduates will begin the traditional “walk down the Hill,” followed by a program and the conferral of degrees by Chancellor Douglas Girod.

The Graduate Hooding ceremony, school, department and special program recognition ceremonies are scheduled in advance of Commencement and ROTC Commissioning Ceremonies are held after.  Please refer to the “Event Listing” to determine time and location.  Logistics or eligibility questions need to addressed by the specific event contact.

Special Notes for the Commencement ceremony:

  • Parking is plentiful and complimentary;
  • Tickets are not required;
  • Degree candidates for spring 2018 and those who received degrees in summer or fall 2017 are encouraged to participate;
  • Graduates do not walk across a stage, nor are names read or diplomas presented.
  • Webcast – guests who are unable to attend may view via live streaming

A look back to 2017 Commencement-

During the event in 2017, an honorary degree was presented to William McNulty, a U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran who created Team Rubicon, a non-profit agency that recruits military veterans to provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid around the world. View or read McNulty's address to the graduating seniors

Chancellor Gray-Little closed the 2017 ceremony with a farewell address to the graduating seniors. In that address, she urged the Class of 2017 to "run toward the chaos. Run toward the situations where you can make a difference. Use the knowledge and the sense of civic responsibility you’ve developed at KU to improve those situations, help people and make this world a better place."

View the 2017 Commencement photo album

The Commencement event is coordinated by the Office of Event Management and Protocol on behalf of the Office of the Chancellor.


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