Student Recognition Ceremony

students at graduationThe KU School of Health Professions Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Kansas City Music Hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

As a recognition ceremony, and not a graduation event, family and friends are close enough to 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. Please update your information for the Student Recognition Ceremony.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 call the Office of the Dean at 913-588-3202 or email Anne Walker as soon as possible.

Directions, Parking and Accommodations

This year's event will be held in the Kansas City Music Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Turn-by-turn driving directions are available at the Kansas City Convention Center's website.
This Google map can be helpful:

The Kansas City Convention Center does not have parking at the facility. There are many parking options. The primary parking garage is the Auditorium Plaza Parking Garage, also known as the Barney Allis Plaza Parking Garage, located between 12th & 13th Streets, and between Central & Wyandotte Streets. It is south of the Marriott Hotel and north of the historic Municipal Auditorium. Learn more

Information on accessibility and accommodations is provided by the Kansas City Convention Center.

The University of Kansas Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Students are encouraged to participate in both the hooding and commencement ceremonies.

Cap and Gown Orders
All students and faculty who participate in this event wear a cap and gown. Students purchase theirs while faculty rent from the KU Bookstore. Tassel and hood colors for each program are available at the bookstore website, too. Orders must be placed by March 27 and will be ready for pickup May 9.

Announcement Orders
To place orders for personalized graduation announcements, call 800-433-0296 or visit

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. You’ll also receive $5 off your order of $25 or more. There is no obligation to place an order for photo prints.

Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at

Need help? Please contact the Office of the Dean at 913-588-3202 or

Last modified: May 11, 2017

seating chart

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

Updated May 11, 2017

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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