Engineering Recognition Ceremonies

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School of Engineering Recognition Ceremonies

KU Engineering hosts two graduate recognition ceremonies each year. 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. Each ceremony is livestreamed with a link available on the School of Engineering homepage

The recognition ceremony is also a time to honor outstanding master's and doctoral students, seniors in each major, as well as the Locke Award for Outstanding Senior, which is selected from that group. The School recognizes several faculty award winners, including the Gould Award winners for Outstanding Faculty Adviser and Outstanding Faculty Educator. Engineering students are encouraged to nominate faculty for the two Gould awards.

Parking Map (PDF) is available near Allen Fieldhouse and the engineering complex. Guests are encouraged to use Lots 54, 72 and the parking garage to the north of Allen Fieldhouse. For the 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.

The School of Engineering hosts two recognition ceremonies—one in fall and one in spring—for engineering graduates. If you intend to participate or “walk,” please make appropriate arrangements for your regalia as it is required in all graduation ceremonies. During the ceremony, engineering administration, engineering department leadership, and faculty will be present to congratulate students. Students will walk across the stage while their names are read, shake hands with the Dean, and shake hands with their Department Chair.

Information for Spring 2024 Graduates

Due to ongoing construction and timelines related to the project to renovate Memorial Stadium, we know there are concerns about whether the stadium will be ready and available on May 11 and 12. We are in constant communication with university leaders involved in planning KU’s Commencement weekend. Even if the location changes, the School of Engineering ceremony is still planned for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Any changes will be communicated as soon as we have the information. Final updates will be communicated to graduates and posted here.

RSVP for the spring 2024 School of Engineering recognition ceremony by Friday, March 22.

Contact Alex Pang with any questions.

University Commencement

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. It is held in KU's Memorial Stadium. The "walk down the Hill" is a fun tradition where students often bring balloons or decorate caps and gowns.

Doctoral students are also invited to attend the annual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony hosted by the KU Office of Graduate Studies in the spring.