From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 19, 1986:
- The 114th Commencement at Kansas University went off without a hitch as about 3,500 members of the Class of '86 lined up on Jayhawk Boulevard and made the traditional trek down the hill. A crowd of about 25,000 spectators greeted the graduates as they entered Memorial Stadium. Sandra McMullen, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, and Chancellor Gene Budig made brief but complimentary remarks before the conferring of degrees and singing of "The Crimson and the Blue."
- The Kansas math team, which had participated in national competitions over the weekend, had placed 14th out of 54 teams. The team included West Junior High eighth-grader Jonathan Kissam, who had placed 40th in individual competition against about 200 contenders at the national Mathcounts competition in Washington, D.C.
- The Kansas University Endowment Association was reporting that their assets currently totaled $171 million, an increase of 16.6 percent since 1985 and a threefold increase since 1972.