Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

KU graduates, in mortarboards and gowns, at Commencement.


Short answer: No.

Students should ensure that they have applied for graduation through Enroll & Pay in consultation with their academic advisor. If your individual department is holding a recognition ceremony, you may need to register or RSVP with your academic unit for that event. Commencement for the entire university is open to all graduates, and registration is not required. 

Yes. Mid-year (December) graduates, past or upcoming summer graduates, and even previous graduates who were unable to attend their year's ceremony are all welcome at Commencement. Only summer 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024 graduates have the option to have their names printed in the 2024 Commencement book.

Students graduating in summer 2024 or fall 2024 are welcome to participate in the 2024 Commencement ceremony. Their names will be included in the 2025 Commencement book.

Many academic units and student organizations hold recognition ceremonies in the month of May. Check KU’s official events calendar to find dates, times, and links for attendees, or contact your department directly.

David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium is under construction in preparation for the new Gateway District project. All seating for the stadium has been demolished except for sections 18 through 26 on the east side (equal to 17,668 shoulder-to-shoulder bleacher seats). There will also be some overflow seating on the field.

Based on the number of graduates we expect to participate in the 2024 Commencement ceremony and the number of seats available at Memorial Stadium, we ask that each graduate limit the number of guests attending the ceremony to six individuals.

The event will also be livestreamed on the Commencement website for people to stream from their personal devices.

Graduates will begin lining up on Memorial Drive at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Most participants will walk with fellow graduates from their program or school, following one of two parallel paths down the Hill. Visit the Attend page for more information about which path your student’s group will take through the campanile.

The procession will also be broadcast onto screens on the field of Memorial Stadium for any guests who prefer to watch from the stands. Memorial Stadium will open to guests at 9 a.m.

A limited number of accessible restrooms will be available in the east concourse of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, as well as accessible port-a-potties nearby. Additionally, Snow Hall, Strong Hall, and Bailey Hall will be open on the day of Commencement to give guests access to more nearby restrooms.

No. However, the Kansas Memorial Union will be open, where you can find a convenience store, coffee shop, cafeteria, and bookstore, as well as accessible restrooms.

Memorial Stadium is a fully accessible facility with open limited-mobility and wheelchair seating that can be claimed by guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to ongoing construction at the stadium, accessible seating will be limited in the stands (sections 22, 24, and 26) and on the field, and only one elevator will be operational. Alternate viewing locations (at the Kansas Memorial Union and the Jayhawk Welcome Center, both of which meet all ADA requirements) will be available for guests who prefer not to enter the stadium. There will also be a livestream of the event that friends, family, and loved ones can watch from their personal devices.

A limited number of accessible restrooms will be available in the east concourse of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, as well as accessible port-a-potties nearby. Concessions will not be for sale at the stadium.

Any guest with a state-issued hangtag or license plate can use one of KU's disability parking stalls, which are available across campus. To accommodate limited mobility guests without such permits, accessible drop-off areas and parking are available on the east side of Memorial Stadium. A complimentary shuttle service begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and ends at 1:30 p.m. For wheelchair accessibility, request a paratransit vehicle from any bus driver.

A sign language interpreter will be present on the platform during the Commencement ceremony and visible on the stadium's video screen. The ceremony will also be broadcast live with captions at the Jayhawk Welcome Center, the Kansas Memorial Union, and on the Commencement website.

Yes. The ceremony will be livestreamed at the Jayhawk Welcome Center and the Kansas Memorial Union, which are air-conditioned, ADA compliant locations. Guests who do not wish to enter the stadium can watch the proceedings from one of these sites. There will also be a livestream of the event on the Commencement website, which anyone can watch from their personal device.

Paramedics and an ambulance will be available at Memorial Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. The medical aid station is at the southeast corner of the stadium, in the inner concourse at Section 23. Fire and medical units will also be in the stands on the east side of the stadium.

Students on all KU campuses can have their diplomas mailed to them or pick up their diplomas in person. If you want your diploma mailed to you, you must complete the “Diploma Delivery Request” function within Enroll & Pay, ensure that the mailing address on file is up to date, and pay the related fee. This option is available until Sept. 1, and deliveries will take place starting in mid-August.

Lawrence students who do not complete this step may retrieve their diplomas after Sept. 1 from 1502 Iowa St., or pay the fee to have their diplomas mailed. Note: Diplomas will not be provided for graduates with obligations, financial or otherwise, to the University of Kansas.

Complimentary souvenir books, which contain the names of summer and fall graduates as well as spring degree candidates, are available to guests at entrances to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium while supplies last. Copies will be available for graduates to collect at the top of the Hill and near entrances to the stadium. Requests for printed books prepared with large print or Braille must be sent to by mid-April. 

As set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the Commencement date for 2025 graduates will be May 18, 2025. Commencement dates for future years are listed on the Registrar's website.

The University of Kansas YouTube page contains videos of many past Commencement events, both full ceremonies and highlights. Once the 2024 ceremony has concluded, the event will be uploaded to the channel for future viewing.