Student Recognition Ceremony

students at graduationThe KU School of Health Professions Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

As a recognition ceremony, and not a graduation event, family and friends are close enough at this one-hour 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 will be the following day in Lawrence, Kansas. Students are encouraged to participate in both ceremonies.

Instructions for graduating students

  1. By April 13: please register for this event and indicate how your name shall appear in the printed program.

  2. On March 28: a Grad Fair will be held on campus allowing students to look at regalia and speak with representatives from the vendor. See details below.

  3. By May 1: please review the ceremony guide and instructions and bookmark or print it for later reference, if necessary. Please note that 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.

  4. Later this spring: 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 contact Christi Jones by email or by calling 913-588-5275.

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

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.

Dropoffs should be made from the Memorial Hall driveway just south of the building. Ramps are available from the driveway and into the building. Public parking is not allowed in this area.

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

Last modified: Feb 28, 2018

seating chart

Acrobat Reader required (icon) Seating Chart for
Students and Faculty

Updates will be posted here.

Note: the seating chart changes often in the days leading up to the event, so please check back to make sure you have the most updated version.

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