2022 Graduation


Applying for Graduation (AFG)

Students planning to participate in the PHD or MA hooding ceremonymust complete their (AFG) before March 1, 2022.  This does not mean you must have completed your degree requirements by March 1st, you just need to complete the AFG in anticipation of a spring 2022 completion.

Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics Graduation Reception honoring graduating undergraduates, master's and doctoral students. 

Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Time: 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: 114 Blake Hall, 1541 Lilac Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045

Questions: 785-864-3450 or linguistics@ku.edu

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinction/Highest Distinction and Masters Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 14th, 2022, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Lied Center

DHD questions: 785-864-3513 or kjh@ku.edu
Masters Hooding questions: 785-864-1784 or coga@ku.edu

Registration is required and must be completed online (registration will open mid-February). The event is free; however, tickets are required for all attendees. Student my request up to 4 tickets when completing the online registration.

University Honors Program Recognition Ceremony for Graduating Seniors

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Location: Lied Center
Reception to follow at Nunemaker

Contact: 785-864-3248

Honors Graduation Form

DECEMBER GRADUATES- complete your Graduation Form by December 1
MAY GRADUATES- complete your Graduation Form by March 1

Graduate Studies - Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at 7:30PM - 9 p.m.
Location: Lied Center

This event will require registration and tickets for admission, more details to be announced.

Contact: 785-864-8040 or graduate@ku.edu

**Registration is mandatory.  Priority registration deadline is March 9, 2022. Final deadline is March 16, 2022. Only 4 tickets per student will be available. All August 2021, December 2021, May 2022 & August 2022 doctoral degree candidates are eligible to participate in the ceremony.  Student should file their application for degree (through Enroll & Pay) by March 1, 2021. 

Hooding Ceremony Registration

The University of Kansas Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Memorial Stadium

Faculty Hooder

You must contact the faculty member you wish to perform your hooding to verify they are available.

Regalia Rental

Regalia is required for participation in the doctoral hooding ceremony. If you do not have your own regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood), you should arrange for purchase of the needed items.  Doctoral candidates from the Lawrence campus may purchase their items at the KU Bookstore in the Kansas Union or at the Jayhawk Bookstore. The deadline for regalia rental is TBD. After this date, late fees will apply.

Veterans Honor Cord

The Veterans Honor Cord is a red, white, and blue cord worn on top of regalia. They are available to honorably discharged veterans, as well as those currently serving in the United States military, who are graduating from KU with a 3.0 GPA or greater. To receive a Veterans Honor Cord contact Bill Steele in Graduate Military Programs, 222 Strong Hall.

Ceremony Procedures:

Please report to the Lied Center between 6:30 and 7:00 pm, but no later than 7:00 pm and proceed as follows:

  1. Go to the check in table and pick up the name card that you will use in the ceremony. Verify the spelling and write out phonetic pronunciation along with your email address (for use by photographer).
  2. Locate your faculty holder in the lineup area for your school. Be certain to communicate in advance with the faculty member who will hood you to determine where you plan to meet.
  3. Follow the signs to determine where you should line up. The line up is organized by School/College. Proceed to the side hallway area where you will line up with your faculty hooder for the procession. Wait for the procession to begin.

The procession will begin at 7:30 p.m. Students enter the Lied Center followed by their faculty hooder. You, your faculty hooder, and any other candidates they are hooding must be seated together in the same row.

The ceremony will close with the recession of all members of the stage party, the doctoral graduates and their faculty hooders.  You will proceed outside of the Lied Center where your guests can join you.

Parking and Map

The Lied Center is the venue for a number of commencement events on that date. Please plan ahead and we encourage you to anticipate extra time before and after the event.

Driving Directions

KU Parking Information


Picture taking will be permitted but should not impair the view of others. Professional photographers will photograph every graduate at the ceremony as they are hooded.  Proofs will be made available following the event(s).


You will not receive your diploma at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. You must file for this with the Office of the University Registrat.If you are graduating from a Lawrence or Edwards Campus program, you can request a diploma. If you are graduating from a Medical Center campus program, you can request a medical center diploma.


If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least two weeks in advance of the event to Graduate Studies. Email: graduate@ku.edu Phone: 785-864-8040 TTY: 711