Kansas University will conduct its 135th commencement Sunday, with a variety of school and honorary recognitions held during the days before.
Each of the 12 professional schools has some sort of recognition ceremony for graduates, while the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes graduate students and those undergraduates graduating with distinction and highest distinction. Tickets are required for a number of events.
On Sunday, commencement begins at 2:30 p.m. and should conclude about 4:15 p.m., university officials say.
Parking, which is free on campus, will be at a premium on Sunday. Parking lots immediately east and west of Memorial Stadium are ADA accessible and special needs lots. Buses will run from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday with a loop that serves Memorial Stadium, the Kansas Union, Jayhawk Boulevard, Murphy Hall, the south parking facility, the Burge Union, Daisy Hill and the Lied Center.
Drivers should keep in mind that a parking ban goes into effect today on Memorial Drive starting at midnight and the street will be closed to traffic between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Graduates are asked to assemble at 2 p.m. Sunday on Memorial Drive near the Campanile. There, grads will be directed to where they should stand before winding their way down the hill to Memorial Stadium for ceremonies.
Although Sunday's forecast calls for a slight chance of rain, it's still possible. If the weather gets bad, officials will postpone the commencement ceremony until 4:30 p.m. In that case, graduates would be asked to gather on Memorial Drive at 4 p.m.
Should the weather not clear up by then, the ceremony will be postponed until 6:30 p.m., with graduates lining up on Memorial Drive a half-hour beforehand.
A third attempt would be made to hold commencement at 9 a.m. Monday, if the weather doesn't improve Sunday. Graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at 8:30 a.m.
Graduates and guests can stay on top of weather announcements regarding commencement on either KJHK radio (FM 90.7) or 6News.
They can also call KU Info at 864-3506 for commencement information.
Here's a schedule of commencement events:
8:30 a.m. School of Journalism graduate recognition and master's degree hooding ceremony, Lied Center. A reception follows on the lawn of Stauffer-Flint Hall.
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Reception for chancellor's student awards recipients, Kansas Room, Kansas Union.
9 a.m. School of Allied Health recognition ceremony, Memorial Hall, 600 N. Seventh St., Kansas City, Kan.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences master's hooding, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall.
10:30 a.m. School of Fine Arts Convocation, Lied Center.
10:30 a.m. to noon School of Allied Health and School of Graduate Studies luncheon for graduates and families, Murphy Courtyard, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
11 a.m. School of Nursing recognition ceremony, Memorial Hall, 600 N. Seventh St., Kansas City, Kan. A luncheon for graduates and families follows in the Murphy Courtyard.
11 a.m. to noon Phi Beta Kappa initiation, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union. A reception follows in the Big 12 Room, Kansas Union.
1 p.m. Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health joint hooding ceremony in Battenfeld Auditorium on the KUMC campus.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Program and reception for graduating seniors who have completed the University Honors Program and for graduating University Scholars, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. School of Education convocation, Lied Center.
4 p.m. Graduate School doctoral hooding, Lied Center.
6 p.m. Multicultural graduation banquet, Kansas Room, Kansas Union.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. School of Pharmacy senior recognition and hooding, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall. A reception follows in the Murphy Courtyard in Lawrence.
7 p.m. School of Medicine hooding and awards, Lied Center.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Division of Biological Sciences recognition of honors, awards, and graduating seniors ceremony, 120 Budig Hall.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Drive closed to traffic. A parking ban begins at midnight today.
8 a.m. School of Engineering recognition and awards ceremony, Lied Center. A reception follows in Oliver Hall.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Environmental Studies Program graduate recognition and honors reception, Environmental studies office, 252 Snow Hall.
9:30 a.m. Department of Applied Behavioral Science recognition for students receiving bachelor of arts and bachelor of general studies degrees, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union. A reception follows in the Big 12 Room, Kansas Union.
9:30 a.m. Department of Math graduation celebration including a brunch and recognition ceremony, 120 Snow Hall.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Speech-Language-Hearing/Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders undergraduate and graduate recognition ceremony, 110 Budig Hall. A reception follows on the Wescoe Hall patio.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bachelor of Social Welfare recognition, 120 Budig Hall. A reception follows in the Kansas Room, Kansas Union.
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. School of Law hooding, Lied Center. A reception follows in Green Hall.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class of 2007 Commencement lunch. Chancellor's residence, 1532 Lilac Lane. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.
11 a.m. to noon College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognition for students graduating with distinction and highest distinction, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall.
11:30 a.m. School of Architecture and Urban Planning Commencement luncheon and recognition ceremony, ballroom, Kansas Union.
Noon to 1:15 p.m. School of Social Welfare hooding for master of social work candidates, Lied Center.
2 p.m. Commencement participants assemble on Memorial Drive.
2:30 p.m. Commencement procession begins.
10 a.m. to noon Joint Service commissioning ceremony, Kansas Union ballroom. A reception follows.