Walk Down the Hill and Commencement Ceremony

Each spring, thousands of students participate in KU's unique Commencement tradition, known as "walking down the Hill."

Graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at 10 a.m. Check the Stadium Procession Map (pdf) for the location of your school in the lineup.  There is no need for tickets or registration for this event.

The procession will start promptly at 10:30 a.m. following an introduction by the herald trumpeters near the campanile.  Graduates walk through the World War II Memorial Campanile and proceed down the steep hill that leads to Memorial Stadium, where the ceremony takes place.

After entering the stadium, graduates march down a corridor formed by faculty members called the gauntlet. Graduates will be guided where to sit in the stadium by University Marshals.

At the appropriate time in the ceremony, each school's dean will ask graduates to stand for the presentation of the schools by the deans and for the conferring of degrees by the chancellor. Graduates remain in place until the ceremony concludes with the singing of "Crimson and the Blue."

Check Inclement Weather for the schedule if the ceremony has to be postponed.

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