Engineering Recognition Ceremonies
KU Engineering hosts two graduate recognition ceremonies each year. The spring ceremony honors students who apply to graduate during the spring and summer semesters. It is held in May in Allen Fieldhouse the Saturday morning before KU’s official Sunday Commencement ceremony. The December event honors student that apply to graduate during the fall semester. It is held the Saturday before finals week each year.
Guest do not need tickets for either ceremony. Special seating is available for guests with limited mobility. For the spring ceremony, to ensure all guests with mobility concerns are accommodated, we ask that parties limit their use of reserved seating to those who need it and one additional companion.
Parking is available near Allen Fieldhouse and the engineering complex. All parking on campus is free on weekends. Guests are encouraged to use Lots 54, 72 and the parking garage to the north of Allen Fieldhouse. For spring ceremony, a limited number of additional parking spaces will be available in Lot 112 and Lot 127 to the south of Hoglund Ballpark. Handicap parking spaces are available in Lot 70 and Lot 71 immediately south of Allen Fieldhouse. Overflow parking is available in Lot 90 to the south of Allen Fieldhouse, though this lot is farther from the post-ceremony reception at the engineering complex. Additionally, Allen Fieldhouse Drive will be open to allow drop-off of friends and family with limited mobility.
Following each ceremony, the School of Engineering hosts a reception for graduates, their family and friends, faculty and staff. The reception takes place at the Engineering Complex, 1536 W. 15th Street, immediately after the recognition ceremony. Guests with limited mobility have multiple options for accessing this area. Access is available by entering LEEP2 on the ground floor, taking the elevator to 1S and exiting to the courtyard through the east doors on the first floor. Guests can also enter Eaton Hall, take the elevator to the first floor and exit through north doors to the courtyard. See this map for more details. A video of the complete May ceremony is posted to the KU Engineering YouTube channel within a couple weeks of the ceremony.
The university hosts the University of Kansas Commencement in the spring semester. All students who have graduated in that class (which includes summer, fall, and spring graduates) are invited to attend the university’s official ceremony, which takes place the Sunday after finals in the spring semester. Doctoral students are also invited to attend the annual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony hosted by the KU Office of Graduate Studies in the spring.