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Proud KU Graduate at graduation ceremony

To Our Spring 2020 Graduates

KU Engineering faculty and staff know how hard you worked to earn your degree and we are proud of your achievements. We are all disappointed that we could not celebrate your accomplishments together at our traditional recognition ceremony. We plan honor the class of 2020 – including student and faculty award winners – during a formal ceremony at a later date. We will communicate those details leading up to those events once we have clearer picture of when they will take place. 

On May 16, 2020, the School of Engineering published a video tribute to commemorate the class of 2020. On Sunday, May 17, the University of Kansas held an online event commemorating the graduating Class of 2020. An in-person Commencement ceremony, complete with the legendary walk down the Hill, has been postponed until it safe for students and families to reconvene.

The KU Engineering video will be updated later this spring with additional video submissions from students, and there is still time to contribute. If you would like to do so, please take a 10-15 second selfie-style video that includes your name, major, and something you want to share such as: a favorite memory of KU Engineering, proudest moment at KU Engineering, favorite memory of your overall time at KU, or what being a Jayhawk mean to you. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.

Details for Recording and Submitting Video

We’ve included some basic recording tips at the end of this message, if you’d like additional information on best practices.

Here’s what we’re looking for in your video submissions:

• A selfie-style video filmed horizontally

• No longer than 10-15 seconds

• The video clip should provide this information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Major
  • Answer to ONE of the following questions:
    • Favorite memory of KU Engineering
    • Proudest moment at KU Engineering
    • Favorite memory of your overall time at KU
    • What does being a Jayhawk mean to you?

Email the video to kuengr@ku.edu. In the subject of the email, please include your first and last name and your department. Example: Susan Williams – Chemical & Petroleum

If the file is too large for email, please create a link in OneDrive or on Google Drive and email that link to the to kuengr@ku.edu

Best Practices For Making This Video:


  • Make sure your front facing camera is clean and smudge free. This will do wonders to make a sharp, good looking video.
  • If you have a friend that can help you, feel free to have to have them film so you can use your hands! Again, please make sure that the camera lens is clean.
  • Please hold or place your device at eye level and around arm’s length from your face. We’d like to maintain as much consistency between each person as possible. Make sure you are the direct focus of the frame.
  • Find good light. Filming next to a window with natural light or a nice shady spot outside is best. Make sure you are facing the light. Find what is most flattering for you.
  • Avoid using direct overhead lights in a dim room if possible. Also avoid direct, harsh sunlight on your face.
  • The quieter your surroundings, the better. We want to make sure everyone can hear you without distraction.

School of Engineering Recognition Ceremonies

Undergraduate Info

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.

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