Graduation 2020

KU Law Hooding Ceremony 2016

Hooding Ceremony: Postponed - date TBD | #KUgrads

The University of Kansas School of Law Hooding Ceremony has been postponed.

Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer announced in an April 2, 2020 email to the university community that the university's Commencement ceremonies will be delayed due to the developing situation around the COVID-19 pandemic. The university hopes to reschedule the event for late summer or early fall 2020.

The law school will host a Hooding Ceremony for the Class of 2020, but it will also be postponed. Law school administration will monitor announcements at the university level, and will plan to couple our Hooding Ceremony with KU's Commencement. We will also consult with members of the graduating class to get their thoughts as more information becomes available.

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 complete 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


The law school will share an informational video with graduates after a new date for the ceremony is determined. This video will take the place of the usual in-person information meeting, and will outline and review ceremony logistics.


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. Due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the Bookstore is offering refunds on previously purchased regalia for graduates wishing to make returns. More information is available at kubookstore.com/graduation-2020 and kubookstore.com/covid-updates


Seating Availability


All family and friends attending the Hooding Ceremony, including young children, must have a ticket. Graduates will not need a ticket. Students who already signed up for tickets in March will not need to sign up again. If you did not yet request tickets or would like to change your previous request, email Associate Dean Crystal Mai at cmai@ku.edu. 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. We will provide updates on the ticket distribution process for the rescheduled Hooding Ceremony as more information becomes available.


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


We will provide an updated ceremony schedule closer to the rescheduled event date. The schedule for the university's Commencement ceremony will be posted at commencement.ku.edu.


Ceremony Instructions for Graduates


Ceremony instructions will be posted closer to the rescheduled event date and shared via email.


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 after a new event date has been set. Please make sure to RSVP by the date noted on the invitation.


Diplomas and Class Composite Picture


The law school will mail diplomas and Class of 2020 composite pictures to graduates this summer. To receive your diploma and composite photo, please fill out this online form with your preferred mailing address by July 1. The law school will cover the mailing process and all associated costs.


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