All faculty are invited to join in the celebration of students' achievements by participating in the commencement ceremonies this May. A ceremony for Graduates will take place on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 5 p.m., followed by two ceremonies for Undergraduates on Saturday, May 13, 2023. All ceremonies will take place in the O'Pake Fieldhouse.
Academic attire is required for all personnel participating in the commencement program. In keeping with KU pride, the university will provide maroon rental attire to all personnel in need of regalia.
Friday, March 24, 2023 is the deadline to order regalia for commencement (required for participation). Click on the following link to reserve your regalia and/or your seat: Commencement R.S.V.P. form.
The deadline to reserve regalia and/or your seat has passed. If you wish to attend commencement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about ordering regalia or purchasing custom regalia should be directed to Ms. Donna Yanalavge by phone at 610-683-1504, or via email at email@example.com. Click here for information about plus size gowns.
Rented attire may be picked up at the Campus Store, McFarland Student Union, starting Monday, May 8 through Thursday, May 11 between the hours of 8 am - 4 pm.
Rented regalia must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to a KUSSI representative in the faculty robing area.
Faculty participating in commencement are to report to the robing area by the following times:
- Friday at 4 p.m. for the Graduate Ceremony
- Saturday at 8 a.m. for the College of Education and College of Liberal Arts &Sciences
- Saturday at 1 p.m. for the College of Business and College of Visual & Performing Arts
Line of March
Graduate Ceremony - Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m.:
Faculty and staff will line up in the hallway promptly at 4:45 a.m. Immediately prior to the formal start of the procession, faculty will form two lines directly inside the arena through which candidates will process.
Undergraduate Ceremony - Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m
Faculty and staff will line up in the hallway promptly at 8:45 a.m. Immediately prior to the formal start of the procession, faculty will form two lines directly inside the arena through which candidates will process.
Undergraduate Ceremony - Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m.
Faculty and staff will line up in the hallway promptly at 1:45 p.m. Immediately prior to the formal start of the procession, faculty will form two lines directly inside the arena through which candidates will process.
The line of march will proceed as follows:
- Degree candidates will lead the procession followed by faculty and platform participants
- The procession will enter the O’Pake Fieldhouse. Usher Marshals will direct the faculty to assigned seats.
When the ceremony is over, participants will exit the O’Pake Fieldhouse in the following order:
- Platform Guests
- Degree Recipients
Dr. Anne Carroll, Dean, College of Business
Dina Hayduk, Special Assistant, College of Business - Friday
Dr. Gregory Kaufinger, Special Assistant, College of Business - Saturday PM
Dr. John Ward, Dean, College of Education & Acting Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Tabetha Bernstein Danis, Assistant Professor, College of Education
Dr. Laurie McMillan, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Dr. Steve Lem, Interim Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Dr. Bradley Shope, Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Interim Associate Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts
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