Key Dates: 2020

Graduates are encouraged to set reminders about these dates in their calendars and to watch their email closely for updates and instructions.

  • 2 March: Deadline to file Application for Graduation in order to be invited to register to participate in the Hooding Ceremony
  • 9 March: Priority deadline to register to participate in the Hooding Ceremony
  • 17 March: Final deadline to register to participate in the Hooding Ceremony
  • 18-19 March: Grad Fair (CANCELED)
  • 23 March: Deadline for faculty regalia rentals
    • Faculty may rent or purchase appropriate regalia for participation in Commencement exercises, including the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, from the KU Bookstore.
    • Doctoral candidates may purchase appropriate regalia from the KU Bookstore.
    • There is no deadline for regalia purchases. However, you should expect approximately five weeks between ordering and receiving your regalia, so please purchase early!
    • Please contact Trish Jess in the Bookstore with any questions about regalia.
  • 24 March: Grad Fair (CANCELED)
  • 31 March: Grad Fair (CANCELED)
  • 16 May, 7:30 p.m.: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
    • Doors will open for General Admission seating at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive close to 6:30 to select a seat.

Parking and Map

The Lied Center is the venue for a number of commencement events on that day: please plan ahead. We encourage you to allocate extra time before and after the event.

You can also download the instructions.

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