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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 Master's hood (lightweight, purchased) and doctoral students wear a doctoral hood (wider/longer than the Master's hood, may be purchased or rented). Information on ordering caps and gowns is available through the KU Bookstores ( 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. GradImages is the official photographer for Convocation and all other KU Commencement events. More information can be found here. 

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. More information can be found here.

Commencement is the all-university graduation ceremony, held outdoors at Memorial Stadium. (link to Commencement)

The Doctoral Hooding is a formal ceremony organized by Graduate Studies. The hooding is not for undergraduate or masters students – it honors only doctoral recipients. (link to Hooding)

The School of Education Convocation honors graduates from all School of Education programs at all levels. It is a formal event and participants should arrive dressed in regalia. Doctoral recipients will wear their hoods at this event. The program begins with about 25 minutes of guest speakers and award presentations. Then, students are directed row by row to the stage, where their names are announced individually. Professional photographers will take pictures of each graduate and make the photographs available for purchase..

Don't forget to register (RSVP) to attend convocation for the KU School of Education.

Questions about convocation?

Paula Naughtin
Convocation Coordinator
KU School of Education

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