Big J in graduation garb in front of the campenille

Information for Graduating Students

Graduates from the School of Education and Human Sciences move on to serve the world in various capacities. Our graduates have taken teaching, leadership, and human science positions. Others have found themselves in research-focused or university-level faculty positions. Whichever path you choose to take, we know that you will leave KU better prepared to shape the world. Thank you for being a part of our legacy.

Let us help you to celebrate your success at KU

At this most significant and joyous ceremony of the academic year, we recognize those who have completed undergraduate and graduate degrees and those whose achievements are worthy of honorary degrees.


Fall Recognition Ceremony 2020 | CANCELLED

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Fall Recognition Ceremony has been cancelled. Graduates are encouraged to participate in future celebrations.

School of Education and Human Sciences students who complete degree requirements during the summer or fall semester are invited to be recognized individually and celebrate at the Fall Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony honors graduates from all programs for all degrees.

Students must register to participate. To participate in the Fall Recognition Ceremony, register by December 1. If you have not registered before the deadline (or are not sure) please arrive at the Lied Center Donor Pavilion 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

May 2021 | Details to be announced

Due to COVID-19, the details of 2021 Spring Convocation Ceremony have not yet been determined. More information to be provided. Graduates from prior semesters are encouraged to participate as desired, due to previous COVID-19 related cancellations.

School of Education and Human Sciences students who complete degree requirements during the prior academic year are invited to be recognized individually and celebrate at the spring convocation. The ceremony honors graduates from all programs for all degrees.

Note: summer graduates may participate in convocation if a program is completed the previous OR following summer semester. Due to the cancellation of previous ceremonies, graduates from prior semesters are welcome to participate.

Students must register to participate. To participate in Spring Convocation Ceremony, register by May 1

If you have not registered before the deadline (or are not sure) please arrive at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion at Allen Fieldhouse 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Fall Recognition Ceremony 2020 | CANCELLED

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Fall Recognition Ceremony has been cancelled. Graduates are encouraged to participate in future celebrations.

School of Education and Human Sciences students who complete degree requirements during the summer or fall semester are invited to be recognized individually and celebrate at the Fall Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony honors graduates from all programs for all degrees.

Students must register to participate. To participate in the Fall Recognition Ceremony, register by December 1. If you have not registered before the deadline (or are not sure) please arrive at the Lied Center Donor Pavilion 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

May 2021 | Details to be announced

Due to COVID-19, the details of 2021 Spring Convocation Ceremony have not yet been determined. More information to be provided. Graduates from prior semesters are encouraged to participate as desired, due to previous COVID-19 related cancellations.

School of Education and Human Sciences students who complete degree requirements during the prior academic year are invited to be recognized individually and celebrate at the spring convocation. The ceremony honors graduates from all programs for all degrees.

Note: summer graduates may participate in convocation if a program is completed the previous OR following summer semester. Due to the cancellation of previous ceremonies, graduates from prior semesters are welcome to participate.

Students must register to participate. To participate in Spring Convocation Ceremony, register by May 1

If you have not registered before the deadline (or are not sure) please arrive at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion at Allen Fieldhouse 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.



Registration


To participate, students must: 

  1. Register to participate in the ceremony
  2. Apply for graduation through the Office of the University Registrar.

Note: applying for a degree does not register a graduate to participate in a ceremony. If the registration deadline is missed, the graduate is still able to participate in the ceremony though inclusion in the printed program is not guaranteed due to strict printing deadlines.


Graduates in Memorial Stadium
Graduates walking through the campenille
Graduates tossing their caps in the air

Day of Ceremony Information


Guest Tickets

  • There is no limit on the number of guests and no tickets are required

Wardrobe

  • Both ceremonies are formal events and graduates should arrive dressed in regalia (caps, gowns) and enter in a formal procession. Creative additions to regalia are not appropriate. Doctoral and master's degree recipients should also wear hoods. 

Designated Seating

  • Graduates will have a designated seating area and will be grouped by degree and department. Graduates will cross the stage and be individually recognized.

Photographs

  • A professional photographer will take photographs and will email proofs of the photos, which then are available for purchase if desired. Guests are not able to get close to the stage during the ceremony to take photographs

Arrival Time

  • Graduates should arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony; check in and pick-up name card. Guests should arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Special Accommodations

  • Please let us know if graduates or guests require special assistance (ex: accessible seating, sign language interpreter, wheelchair seating, trouble with stairs, etc.) during the registration process