It's time for soon-to-be KU graduates to secure their academic regalia for 1994 commencement.
The commencement orchestra was belting out the customary march song in Memorial Stadium.
Parents and friends of the graduates were in position.
Faculty had started the traditional procession down Campanile Hill.
"And this young man comes flying in the door at the cap and gown booth," said Anne Munsterman, assistant manager of Kansas Union concessions.
"He yelled, 'My parents just arrived in town. I wasn't going to go through graduation, but they said I had to. Can I get a cap and gown?'"
After some quick negotiation, KU concessions workers had him in a black robe and mortarboard.
"He raced all the way up the hill, but he made it," Munsterman said.
Commencement and procrastination don't mix, she said. Now is the time for students interested in marching in the all-university commencement program to secure a gown, mortarboard and tassel.
Academic regalia can be bought or rented at the KU concession booth in Memorial Stadium, 11th and Maine, and Jayhawk Bookstore, 1420 Crescent Road.
The stadium booth at Gate 22-23 is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday until April 22. Bachelor's degree candidates can buy a cap, gown and tassel for $18. A late fee will be charged students who miss the deadline.
The bookstore will have caps and gowns on sale during regular business hours until May 15. The traditional bachelor's graduate package costs $17.29.
"My suggestion is to come now," Munsterman said. "Often the last week is very busy and people have to stand in line."
Here are a few commencement fashion tips offered by KU:
- Participants should never remove their mortarboards during the commencement ceremony.
- People receiving bachelor's degrees wear their gowns closed, but master's and doctoral degree recipients may wear their gowns open.
- Dark shoes with low heels are the standard with academic dress.
Folks enjoying the festivities at commencement aren't allowed to consume alcoholic beverages on campus.
Graduates taking the big walk down Campanile Hill should arrive at the designated assembly area along Memorial Drive by 2 p.m. May 15.
However, if it's raining heavily the morning of commencement, a decision will be made at 1 p.m. whether to postpone the ceremony. Two blasts from the university whistle will indicate a postponement.
In event of postponement, the location of the ceremony will be made public at 4 p.m. Two shots from the whistle at that time indicates a ceremony in Allen Fieldhouse.
At an indoor ceremony, graduates will be split into two groups. The first program would be 5 p.m. for College of Liberal Arts graduates. The second program would be 7 p.m. for all other KU graduates.
Diplomas won't be handed out in Memorial Stadium or Allen Fieldhouse.
Those earning degrees can pick up the parchment until 5:30 p.m. May 15 on the first floor of Strong Hall or at the student records office in Strong Hall during business hours May 16-20. The can be mailed to graduates for a fee.