- Students cap memorable year with walk down hill
- 03:59 p.m., May 18, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m.
- As they walked into Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Class of 2008 brought with it a litany of accomplishments that would make any graduate proud. About 4,000 students participated in the university’s 135th commencement exercises, though at least one faculty marshal noted that this year’s crowd seemed a bit less energetic than in years past
Video: KU sends off 2008 grads
KU 2008 Commencement
Kansas University held its 136th commencement ceremony on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.
- Climbing up one hill to walk down another
- Student fought poor education and addiction to earn social work degree
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- Haskell University celebrates graduates from across Indian Country
- May 19, 2017
- Channeling the Haskell Indian Nations University mission statement, Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens reminded graduates that their Haskell degrees are portals for helping Indian Country. “No other institution in the world does that — brings 567 nations that represent the U.S. together on one campus.”
- Woman’s life path — from reservation to mountain roads to local rivers — led to graduation from Haskell
- May 19, 2017
- When her mother decided to leave the reservation, move to Kansas and enroll in Haskell Indian Nations University to make a better life for her family, Samantha “Sami” Milk was a young child. The family lived at Lone Star Lake, in tents, for a camping season before getting on their feet and moving into low-income housing while her mother worked on her degree, Milk said. Almost 20 years later — after some twists and turns in her own life — Milk herself enrolled at Haskell, where she’ll graduate this week with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.
- Outgoing KU chancellor to class of 2017: ‘Higher education changed my life’
- Also at KU Commencement, war veteran and KU alumnus bestowed honorary degree for disaster-relief work
- May 14, 2017
- This year’s University of Kansas Commencement celebration marked a jumping-off point for thousands of graduates, as well as their outgoing chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little. After leading KU since 2009, Gray-Little is stepping down as chancellor this summer. On Sunday, speaking to graduates in what’s expected to be her last public address as chancellor, Gray-Little offered an unusual public glimpse into her own college story.
- Matriarch of ‘Jayhawk family’ from Saudi Arabia completes second KU degree
- May 14, 2017
- Fatimah Al Ghafli’s nest of Jayhawks overflows. Al Ghafli, 53, is a University of Kansas student from Saudi Arabia, a mother of nine and a grandmother of nine. She plans to participate in KU Commencement on Sunday to celebrate earning her second degree from KU, a master’s in math. “It is hard, but it’s worth it,” she said. “We are a Jayhawk family.”
- KU Commencement 2016: Grads urged to ‘address the world’s grand challenges’
- May 15, 2016
- Today’s society is full of complicated, and sometimes uncomfortable, issues, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told graduates during KU’s 144th commencement ceremony on Sunday. She said earning a degree may make a KU alumnus but that graduating with a desire to change the world is what makes a Jayhawk.
- KU Commencement is Sunday; 4,500 graduates expected to participate in ceremony at Memorial Stadium
- May 13, 2016
- More than 4,500 members of the Kansas University class of 2016 are expected to participate in KU’s 144th Commencement Sunday at Memorial Stadium. The tradition-heavy ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m., when degree candidates begin their processional through KU’s campanile, down the hill and into Memorial Stadium.
- Baker University graduates told they are part of the ‘Will Generation’
- May 17, 2015
- The Baker University Class of 2015 was sent off Sunday with a new name for its generation provided courtesy of commencement speaker Aaron North, vice president of education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
- Sarah’s ‘village’: Support helps KU student with Asperger’s reach diploma
- May 17, 2015
- Sarah Barthell’s Kansas University graduation day fit the mold. She walked down the hill, got a sunburn on her nose. Her parents threw a backyard party, and her friends, grammy and third-grade teacher all came. There was cake, and way too many beans. Up in the stands, her mom cried when she spotted her stepping onto the football field in her cap and gown. That’s when it hit her, Susan Kraus said: Sarah’s really graduating. Her daughter’s path to this day did not fit the mold. Sarah, 33, has Asperger’s syndrome, and she’s been working toward her KU degree over the course of more than 10 years. By Sara Shepherd
- 2015 KU Commencement messages launch grads into future
- May 17, 2015
- Mystery writer and Kansas University alumna Sarah Paretsky had sharp words for terrorists, lawmakers and even the KU football team on Sunday. Paretsky, who got her undergraduate degree from KU, received an honorary doctorate degree for her contributions to the mystery writing and American literature fields and gave the keynote address during KU’s 143rd commencement ceremony in Memorial Stadium. By Sara Shepherd
- KU Class of 2015: Debater learned to trust her voice, will graduate with triple major
- May 14, 2015
- When Jyleesa Hampton arrived at KU as a freshman, debate coach Scott Harris told her there was a place on the squad for students of all skill levels. That was her — never a high school debate superstar, not much experience, limited knowledge. A month ago she was half of KU’s first all-female and first all-African-American debate team to make it to the equivalent of the “Sweet 16” of the National Debate Tournament. By Sara Shepherd
- KU Class of 2015: Army combat medic gets second chance at college degree
- May 14, 2015
- The letter Frank Dillon got from KU after his first semester politely “encouraged” him to improve his GPA. The letter KU sent after his second semester informed him that he — and his 0.26 GPA — would not be welcome back. After almost a decade as an Army combat medic, he returned to KU for a second chance at college and a new career. By Sara Shepherd
- University of Kansas announces spring 2014 candidates for degree
- May 19, 2014
- The names of nearly 4,450 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this spring - representing 88 Kansas counties, 45 other states and and 41 other countries - have been announced by the University Registrar.
- KU business school to launch new part-time accounting master’s
- May 15, 2014
- The Kansas University School of Business is starting a new part-time master’s program in accounting at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Meant for working professionals, the program will offer evening courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the primary master’s program at KU’s main campus.
- Past and present Jayhawk athletes set to graduate Sunday
- May 18, 2013
- Former Kansas University basketball guard Billy Thomas is one of 63 KU athletes who will take part in graduation ceremonies on Sunday in Memorial Stadium.