Engineering Recognition Ceremonies


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School of Engineering Recognition Ceremonies

KU Engineering hosts two graduate recognition ceremonies each year. Guests 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. 

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. 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 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. 

University Recognition 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. 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.