In case of severe weather, KU could postpone, cancel Sunday’s graduation ceremonies

photo by: Richard Gwin/Journal-World File Photo

In this file photo from May 15, 2016, University of Kansas mascot Big Jay is dressed in graduation regalia during KU's commencement.

A forecast of rain and scattered thunderstorms throughout the weekend could lead to another canceled University of Kansas graduation.

Commencement ceremonies for KU’s Class of 2021 graduates are scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. According to KU’s website, graduation will take place rain or shine. If severe weather is in the forecast, however, university administrators may postpone the ceremony, and if severe weather continues, the events may be canceled.

According to the National Weather Service in Topeka, Douglas County is expected to have rain and scattered thunderstorms throughout the weekend. If inclement weather delays commencement, KU’s Memorial Union will be open, according to KU’s website. All weather-related announcements will appear on KU social media accounts and on

KU’s spokesperson, Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, did not immediately respond when asked if KU has plans to reschedule commencement, should severe weather cancel Sunday’s events. Barcomb-Peterson also did not immediately respond when asked if it was possible for some of the ceremonies to be canceled that day and others held, or if KU would cancel all three at once.


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