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Please let us know in advance if you or your guests require special assistance. Online registration forms for graduation will have space for notes regarding the special needs of guests, for example, accessible seating or sign language interpreter. Please note on the form if graduates or guests need wheelchair seating, have trouble with stairs or other needs.
Graduates should wear caps and gowns; masters students wear a masters hood (lightweight, purchased) and doctoral students wear a doctoral hood (heavier, may be purchased or rented). Information on ordering caps and gowns is available through the KU Bookstores (www.kubookstore.com). Creative additions to regalia are not appropriate for Convocation.
Guests will not be able to get close to the stage during the ceremony to take photographs, however professional photographers will take each graduate's portrait at center and left stage. The photographer will email graduates proofs of these photos, which then are available for purchase, if desired.
Available at the Registrar's Office in 121 Strong Hall or it can be mailed for a fee starting in late July for Spring graduates, early October for summer graduates, and early March for Fall graduates. Contact the Registrar at (785) 864-4422.
KU Graduate Studies hosts this program. Only doctoral candidates may participate. You must contact your major advisor to verify his/her participation, since your advisor will accompany you on stage to perform the hooding. There is no hooding ceremony for master's degree recipients.