Prepare

This page addresses the steps that graduates should take before Commencement Day. For steps to take on Commencement Day, visit the "Participate" page.

Visit the Participate page

Mark your calendar

Due to the weather-related cancellation of May 16's previously scheduled events, one rescheduled ceremony will take place 10:30 a.m. May 23, 2021 for both the Class of 2020 (which includes summer and fall 2019 graduates as well as spring 2020 graduates) and the Class of 2021 (which consists of spring 2021 candidates deemed eligible by their school, as well as summer and fall 2020 graduates).


Complete your Application for Graduation (AFG)

All KU and KU Medical Center students with plans to graduate must complete an AFG. A complete AFG does not grant graduation approval or register you for Commencement participation. You must contact your respective school to confirm that requirements have been met and to finalize details. (Note: Graduate degree requirements may not be due until late April.) To complete your AFG, follow these instructions:

  • Log into Enroll & Pay.
  • Access the “Degree Progress/Graduation” page.
  • Click on “KU Apply for Graduation.”
  • Confirm the name that will appear on your diploma and in the program.

If you complete your AFG before March 1, your name will be included in the Commencement program. If you do not want your name and degree printed in the Commencement program, check the Commencement Book Hold box.

Confirm your personal information

While in Enroll & Pay, you are encouraged to confirm contact information for yourself post-graduation and for an emergency contact on the “Personal Details” page.

Determine honors

The top 10 percent of undergraduates, as calculated by GPA, graduate with distinction, roughly a third of which graduate with highest distinction. An average of ten seniors also have their academic, volunteer, and leadership accomplishments recognized with a University Award.

Ask your advisor any graduation-related academic questions about distinction and honors. FERPA guidelines restrict parents or guardians from access to this information.

Obtain regalia

Participants must wear academic regalia at the KU Commencement ceremony, as well as any school, college, or departmental recognition events unless otherwise noted. Regalia includes mortarboards, tams, gowns, tassels, and hoods; commemorative crimson and blue tassels and Jayhawk zipper-pulls are also available.

Commencement participants who did not obtain regalia at Jostens' virtual grad fair in March can do so at the KU Bookstore, while supplies last.

Plan for accommodations

Graduates with disabilities are encouraged to participate in KU recognition and Commencement ceremonies. Arrangements should be in advance of any event with the Student Access Center. Further details regarding accommodations can be found on the guest section's "Plan" page.