Commencement Inclement Weather

In the event of rain, Commencement exercises may still continue outdoors in Memorial Stadium. Graduates and guests are encouraged to bring their own rain gear. Umbrellas are allowed in the stadium.

If severe weather is likely — including thunderstorms with lightning, high winds, heavy or prolonged rain or risk of tornados as forecasted by the National Weather Service —Commencement will be delayed until 12:30 p.m. The announcement of a delayed ceremony will be made by 9 a.m.

In the event of a 12:30 p.m. ceremony, graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at noon. Once the program begins, if weather conditions worsen, the ceremony may be shortened. If a ceremony is not possible at 12:30 p.m., then there will be no Commencement ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, why can’t the ceremony be moved indoors?

Commencement attendance is anticipated to be nearly 35,000. Other than Memorial Stadium, we do not have a facility to accommodate this many people. Allen Fieldhouse cannot accommodate this size audience and is not an approved storm shelter.

Keep in mind the majority of students have participated in a school or department-specific recognition ceremony during the weekend. While we know there is a tradition of graduates walking through the Memorial Campanile and down the “Hill” before so they can be presented by their respective deans and have their degrees conferred by Chancellor Douglas Girod, safety must be our top priority.

The announcement will be posted...

• At alert.ku.edu and twitter.com/kunews and https://twitter.com/kualumni
• On KU Info
• On radio stations KJHK-FM, 90.7; KPR-FM, 91.5; KLZR-FM, 105.9; WIBW-AM, 580; KMBZ-AM, 980; and KLWN-AM, 1320
• On the cell phones of students who signed up to receive alert notifications

 

Countdown to
Future Commencement Dates

Commencement dates are set by the Kansas Board of Regents

May 13, 2018*
May 19, 2019
May 17, 2020
May 16, 2021
May 15, 2022

*Mother's Day

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