Prepare

This page addresses the steps that graduates should take before Commencement Day. For day-of details, visit the "Participate" page.

Visit the Participate page

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% 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.

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

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.

If you have family that requires a letter to enter the U.S., please contact International Student Services.