Jayhawk mascots at KU commencement


This page outlines steps graduates should take before Commencement Day. Keep checking back for stadium construction updates. For day-of details, visit the “Participate” page.

Visit the Participate page

Complete your Application for Graduation

All KU and KU Medical Center students with plans to graduate must complete an Application for Graduation. A complete application 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 Application for Graduation, 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 completed your Application for Graduation by/on March 1, your name will be included in the Commencement book, unless you checked the Commencement Book Hold box on your application.

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% of undergraduates, as calculated by GPA, graduate with distinction. Roughly a third of those students graduate with the highest distinction. An average of 10 seniors also have their academic, volunteer, and leadership accomplishments recognized with a University Award.

Ask your advisor any graduation-related questions about distinction and honors. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts 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.

You can purchase Commencement regalia, graduation announcements, and diploma frames at the KU Bookstore or by visiting the Jostens KU storefront, while supplies last.

Plan for accommodations

We strongly encourage graduates with disabilities to participate in KU recognition and Commencement ceremonies. If you require any accommodations, contact the Student Access Center in advance of the event.