Classes at Kansas University will be canceled from 2:20 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday so students, faculty and staff can attend a pep rally to welcome the Jayhawks home from the NCAA basketball tournament.
The 2:30 p.m. rally at Memorial Stadium will feature comments from team members and student body President Brad Garlinghouse, music from the KU Pep Band and routines by Jayhawk mascots and the KU Spirit Squad.
KU lost to North Carolina Saturday night in a NCAA Final Four matchup. North Carolina and Michigan face off tonight for the championship.
"To the extent that it is consistent with other obligations, we hope student, faculty and staff will turn out to show the team their appreciation," said Ed Meyen, executive vice chancellor. "We congratulate coach (Roy) Williams, his staff and his basketball team. We are excited about their success, and we appreciate the fine way they have represented the University of Kansas throughout the season. Their strong work ethic and their commitment to teamwork are excellent examples for all of us."
In addition, the basketball team will be honored with a parade through downtown Lawrence on April 15.
The date for the parade was chosen by Williams, said parade organizer Peggy Johnson.
"Roy picked it, because this next weekend he'll be out of town, and the next Thursday night he knew there would be a banquet so the team will be in town," she said. "It will be late enough so kids can come."
The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. at Seventh and Massachusetts and travel to South Park. It is being sponsored by Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce.
People interested in participating in the parade can contact Johnson at 843-1380 or 842-3209.