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Hooding Ceremony: May 16, 2020 | #KUgrads

The University of Kansas School of Law Hooding Ceremony will be Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Lied Center. 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 17, 2020.

All December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020 JD, MS, 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 3.

Complete Online Application for Degree Form in Enroll & Pay

Steps to Complete with the Career Services Office

  • Schedule and attend your graduate exit interview with the Office of Career Services. Dates are to be determined. 
  • 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 14, 2020 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 3, 2020. 

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 3, 2020. 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. 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 14, 2020 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 16. 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 14 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 1 or the date noted on the invitation.

Class Composite Picture

Class of 2020 composite pictures will be distributed at the Hooding Ceremony Information Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 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 18-22. Beginning May 26, pick up your diploma at the KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa Street.

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