Please join Dean Daas, the School administration, faculty and staff in celebration of the academic success of our Architecture, Design and Urban Planning graduates as they complete one of the most important milestones of their lives and prepare to start their professional careers. The School of Architecture, Design & Planning will be hosting two separate events in their honor, a reception at Marvin Hall and Chalmers Hall and the recognition ceremony at the Lied Center.

School of Architecture, Design & Planning Graduation Reception

Friday, May 12, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Chalmers Cafe and Gallery Spaces

Please join us in the newly redesigned and remodeled Cafe and Gallery spaces in Chalmers Hall as we celebrate the successes of our graduating students.  You will have an opportunity to visit with Dean Daas and other administration and faculty. Light refreshments will be served. 

Visitor parking is available in the Allen Fieldhouse Garage and the Mississippi Street Parking Garage. 

School of Architecture, Design & Planning Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
The Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, West Campus, Lawrence

The School will honor all of our graduating students at this special recognition ceremony.  Because graduates will be recognized as they walk across the stage, we request that they don full academic regalia.  To ensure that all graduates have family and friends in attendance to celebrate their academic success, we are asking that each graduate limit their attendee list to no more than 10, including the graduate.

Information for student graduates.

For additional information or to ask questions please contact Whitney Juneau or call 785-864-1577.

Arrival & Attendance

Students should arrive no later than one hour before the ceremony begins. 

  • For the Spring 2017 Ceremony: Student check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. at eh Pavilion of the Lied Center (NE Entry).

Doors will open at 5:00 pm. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. No tickets are required for guests to attend the School of Architecture, Design & Planning recognition ceremony.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available in the Orchestra Left first row. 

Attire & Announcements

All graduates who are attending the Recognition Ceremony are requested to don full regalia. Caps and gowns (light purple colored tassels for undergraduates, black tassels for Masters, or gold or black tassels for Doctorates), hoods (light purple for Architecture), honors cords, rings, and announcements can be found at: KU Bookstore, 785-864-4640.


Diplomas will be made available at the KU Visitor Center 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 with questions.


No formal printed invitations will be mailed. Students who have applied for graduation will receive an email from Events Coordinator Whitney Juneau regarding the School ceremony. 


Parking is free in the lots that surround the Lied Center. 


GradImages is the official vendor that has been hired to take photographs at recognition events on the Lawrence campus on Commencement weekend. See more information about where to find photos at


The program will last 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is another event following the School of Architecture, Design & Planning Recognition cermony. Graduates will process out of the auditorium and family and friends can meet them in the parking lot. Although we will be committed to being time conscious, we encourage families to give themselves plenty of time when making dinner reservations.

University of Kansas Commencement Ceremony

The University of Kansas Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. See the KU Commencement Website for information on the "Walk Down the Hill" as well as information on ordering regalia, information for graduates and guests and more. 

Sunday, June 11 – Saturday, June 17, 2017

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