Graduates wearing appropriate academic dress should assemble on Memorial Drive for the procession beginning at 2 p.m. today. School assembly areas will be marked by signs. University marshals wearing gold shoulder braids will organize the procession. Students should follow the marshals' instructions at all times.
People receiving bachelor's degrees should wear gowns closed; master's and doctoral degree recipients may wear gowns open or closed.
The tassel should be attached to the center of the mortarboard and worn hanging on the left side of the face, where it will remain throughout the ceremonies. Participants should not remove their mortarboards at any time during the ceremonies.
The procession will start promptly at 2:30 p.m. Graduates should march close to the person in front of them so gaps do not occur in the line. After entering the stadium, graduates march through a gauntlet of faculty members.
Graduates may sit down when they reach their seats. When the time comes for conferring of degrees by school, graduates should stand for presentation by their dean and for the conferring of degrees by Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
Graduates should remain in place until the ceremonies conclude with the singing of "Crimson and the Blue."
Lawrence campus diplomas may be picked up by recipients in 151 Strong Hall after July 31 (photo ID required).
Medical Center undergraduate and graduate diplomas (and certificates where applicable) will be available after May 21 in the Student Records office at the Medical Center. Medical School diplomas will be handed out during the School of Medicine hooding ceremony.
Students wanting their diploma mailed should return the card sent to them or contact the university registrar or student records office on their campus. There is a $10 fee to mail diplomas in the U.S., $25 outside the U.S. Unclaimed diplomas are held one year and then destroyed.
In case of rain
If it is raining this morning, an announcement will be made at 1 p.m. about arrangements for a postponed Kansas University commencement ceremony. The announcement will be made through KU Info (864-3506), Sunflower Broadband Channel 6, www.ljworld.com and radio stations including KJHK (FM 90.7), KANU (FM 91.5), KFKF (FM 94.1), KLZR (FM 105.9), WIBW (AM 580), WDAF (AM 610), KMBZ (AM 980) and KLWN (AM 1320).
¢ If the weather begins to clear in early afternoon, the first attempt for a postponed ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. Graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at 4 p.m.
¢ If the weather doesn't begin to clear in time for a 4:30 p.m. ceremony, a second attempt for a ceremony will be made at 6:30 p.m. Graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at 6 p.m.
¢ If it is still raining, the ceremony will be postponed until Monday, when graduates will line up at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. procession.
¢ In the event of inclement weather, all graduates and their guests should listen to local radio and television stations or call KU Info at 864-3506 to learn the exact time of the ceremony.