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Student Recognition Ceremony

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Graduation Weekend 2019

Congratulations to student award winners recognized at departmental graduation events held on Friday, May 17.

The KU School of Health Professions Student Recognition Ceremony was held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

At the 2019 Student Recognition Ceremony, Steve Jernigan, Ph.D., PT, received the 2019 Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching as well as outstanding contributions by the recipient in his or her profession. Abdulfattah Alqahtani won the James P. Cooney Leadership Award. It honors one student each year for leadership and impact on their program, profession, community, and the school. View photos from the event.

For the first time, the School of Health Professions hosted a light breakfast reception for students and faculty before the KU Commencement on Sunday, May 19. Faculty accompanied students from the Kansas Union ballroom to the World War II Memorial Campanile as they prepared for the traditional "walk down the Hill."

See also: KU Medical Center News article "KU Medical Center celebrates class of 2019 at graduation ceremonies."

Instructions for Graduating Students

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As a recognition ceremony, and not a graduation event, family and friends are close enough at this event to actually see students, and this is an opportunity for individual acknowledgement of student accomplishments. There is no limit to the number of guests, and tickets are not required.

The University of Kansas Commencement was Sunday, May 19 in Lawrence, Kansas. Students are encouraged to participate in both ceremonies.

  1. Prior to the event, please read the ceremony guide and instructions for students. Bookmark the page and/or print it for later reference, if necessary. Please note there is NO DRESS REHEARSAL. These instructions serve as the rehearsal and contain details you should know ahead of time and share with your families and friends.

  2. Check to verify your name is on the seating chart PDF document icon if you're planning to attend. If your name is missing, please email Christi Jones or call her at 913-588-5275 (TTY 711).

Directions, Parking, and Accommodations

This year's event will be held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. The historic building is located at 600 N. 7th Street Trafficway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Drop-offs may be made along the north side of Memorial Hall, off Barnett Ave.

Memorial Hall has a new surface lot on the west side (behind) the facility on Barnett Ave. This lot will be the primary parking location for individuals needing special accommodations.

  • Students: if driving yourself, please park in Lot C.
  • Guest and additional student parking is available in lots C, E, and 3.
  • Faculty and VIP: please park in Lot 1 behind Memorial Hall.

Downtown Kansas City, Kansas parking locations

Full parking map PDF document icon

This Google map may be helpful to find directions to Memorial Hall:

Cap and Gown Orders

All students and faculty who participate in this event wear a cap and gown. Students purchase theirs from the KU Bookstore at KU Medical Center, on level G of Orr-Major Building. Tassel and hood colors for each program are available at the bookstore website, too.

A Grad Fair will be held Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the bookstore. Sales representatives will be present to assist with regalia and to answer questions. Orders may also be placed by calling 913-588-2548.

Announcement Orders

To place orders for personalized graduation announcements, call 800-433-0296 or visit Representatives will also be on campus at the Grad Fair on March 28.

Professional Photography

GradImages (logo)GradImages is the official photographer for this event and will capture group and individual images of graduates. To ensure picture samples are sent as soon as they are available, register at You may also provide email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in your accomplishment.

Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. There is no obligation to place an order for photo prints. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or at

Last modified: Jun 03, 2019