Graduation 2019

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Hooding Ceremony: May 18, 2019 | #KUgrads

The University of Kansas School of Law Hooding Ceremony will be Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Lied Center. The processional will begin at 1 p.m. Following the Hooding Ceremony, there will be a reception and open house at Green Hall. The university's Commencement, known as the "Walk Down the Hill," will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019.

All December 2018, May 2019 and August 2019 JD, LLM and SJD graduates are invited to participate in the law school Hooding Ceremony and University Commencement.

Graduation and Hooding Ceremony Checklist

Steps to Complete with Registrar’s Office

Verify graduation date by checking the graduation list on the Registrar’s bulletin board for your name (verify spelling) by February 1.

Complete Online Application for Degree Form in Enroll & Pay

Steps to Complete with Career Services Office

  • Complete Graduate Employment Survey by April 15, 2019. This survey must be completed before you can pick up your Hooding Ceremony tickets.
  • Complete bar application if sitting for the July bar exam.

Mandatory Hooding Ceremony Information Meeting

If you are participating in the Hooding Ceremony, you must attend a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Room 104. At this meeting, we will review the ceremony process and you will pick up your Hooding Ceremony tickets and class composite picture.

Voting for Hooder and Marshals

The third-year class votes to select faculty members who will be asked to serve as the Marshals (they lead the class into and out of the Lied Center auditorium for the hooding and down the Hill for commencement) and the Hooder. You will be notified when the ballot is available.

Announcement Cards

A representative from Jostens will have a table set up in the Informal Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019. 

Graduation Regalia

Regalia (hood, robe, tam and tassel) will be available for purchase from the Kansas Union Bookstore. Representatives from the bookstore will have a table set up in the Informal Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019. You will receive a 10 percent discount if you purchase at this time. For more information, visit the KU Bookstore.

Seating Availability

All family and friends attending the Hooding Ceremony, including young children, must have a ticket. Graduates will not need a ticket. Due to the limited seating in the Lied Center, there will be a sign-up for hooding tickets on the table in the second-floor formal commons area starting on March 4 and ending 5 p.m. March 25. Please make sure to note on the sign-up whether any of your guests need special accommodations (wheelchair/limited mobility, etc.) There is not a limit on the number of tickets you may request; however, if ticket requests exceed the number of tickets available, there will be a cap on the number of tickets allotted. If you request fewer than the cap allotted, you will only receive the number requested.  In recent years, all ticket requests have been met. Seating locations will be determined on a random lottery basis. We try to keep families seated together. Tickets will be distributed at the Hooding Ceremony Information Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Room 104.

Appropriate Attire

There is no formal dress code for the Hooding Ceremony. However, it is recommended that you wear flat or low-heeled shoes. Additionally, it is helpful to have something to anchor your hood if you are planning to participate in the University Commencement ceremony. Safety pins or a buttoned shirt usually work well.

Ceremony Schedule

Please arrive at the Lied Center by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Ceremony Instructions for Graduates

Ceremony instructions will be posted in April and distributed at the April 16 meeting.

Reception Following the Ceremony

We encourage you and your family members to stop by the reception and open house at the law school following the Hooding Ceremony. You will also have an opportunity to pick up your diploma, visit with faculty and give your family a tour of the building. An electronic invitation with an RSVP form will be sent out in March. Please make sure to RSVP by May 3 or the date noted on the invitation.

Class Composite Picture

Class of 2019 composite pictures will be distributed at the Hooding Ceremony Information Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Room 104.


You may pick up your diploma at the law school following the Hooding Ceremony or in the Law School Registrar’s Office, Room 103, from May 20-24. Beginning May 28, pick up your diploma at the KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa Street.

Other Resources

Submit Graduation Photos

We're creating a Facebook album with photos from KU Law's hooding ceremony and the walk down the hill. 

Want us to include your photo in the album? Email it to us at or post it on our wall at Be sure to include your full name and class year. Please feel free to also share funny stories or poignant memories from graduation. We'll add your images and words to the album, and then you can like it, share it and tag yourself and your friends.

And do not forget to use the #kulawgrad19 hashtag as you post photos, videos and reflections about graduation on Twitter and Instagram.


Crystal Mai
Associate Dean for Administration