Marshals of the University


The University Marshal is chosen by the Chancellor to serve a three-year term, in which this person will lead the procession and ceremony for Opening Convocation and Commencement, as well as several ceremonial events during the year that require the Chancellor’s attendance. The University Marshal also carries the Mace.

Ruth Ann Atchley, Assistant VIce Chancellor of the Edwards Campus, Professor, Department of Psychology (University Marshal starting fall 2015 - spring 2018)

The Associate Marshals (four total) serve in a support capacity to the University Marshal at Opening Convocation and other university events and take on a major role for Commencement by organizing the other Marshals and the flow of students down the field to ensure they are seated in the correct area.

Paul Atchley, Professor, Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program, Department of Psychology

J. Megan Greene, Associate Professor, Director of the Center for East Asian Studies

Tom Volek, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Development, Associate Professor, Journalism

Lisa Wolf-Wendell, Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Coordinator of the Higher Education Master’s Degree Program

At Commencement, the Faculty Marshals lead the faculty procession down the Hill and form the gauntlet that the students walk through to their seating area during the ceremony.

The Procession Marshals maintain the flow of the entire procession from the beginning to end.  They are assigned to areas along the procession route.  Many volunteers (both staff and faculty) have served in this vital capacity over the years.

The Chancellor’s Marshals lead the platform party down the Hill during the last part of the procession.  Each year, the current Faculty Senate Chair and University Senate Chair serve in this role.

All of the Marshals listed above wear special KU blue ceremonial regalia that is unique to KU.

The School Marshals are chosen by each school (two each) and lead – along with the school banner carrier – the individual schools in the procession.

One exceptional student from each school is chosen as the school’s Banner Carrier who leads his or her school in the procession. 

The entire student body is led by four Class Banner Carriers from the Board of Class Officers in the Commencement procession. Each year, the board officers create a unique design for their graduating class year.

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