Graduation


Law students throw their caps in the air at a graduation celebration outside of Green Hall

Overview

Law school graduation is a joyous weekend for graduates, faculty, families and friends. 

Activities begin with the Hooding Ceremony at the Lied Center, where each graduate is individually recognized. An open house follows at Green Hall. The next day, graduates participate in the time-honored walk down Campanile Hill during the all-university commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.

 


Hooding Ceremony: May 14, 2022

The University of Kansas School of Law Hooding Ceremony will be from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Lied Center. Tickets will be required. Following the Hooding Ceremony, there will be a reception and open house at Green Hall. 

University Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2022. Check commencement.ku.edu for event updates.

All December 2021, May 2022 and August 2022 JD, MS, LLM and SJD graduates are invited to participate in the law school Hooding Ceremony and University Commencement.

Information about steps graduates will need to take to prepare for graduation and the Hooding Ceremony is in the accordion menu below.


Graduation and Hooding Ceremony Checklist

Law students need to verify their graduation date by checking the graduation list maintained by the registrar. Contact Registrar Vicki Palmer at vpalmer@ku.edu.

Additional steps:

  • Complete the Online Application for Degree Form in Enroll & Pay

The Career Services Office will conduct exit interviews with each member of the graduating class. Dates are to be determined. Contact Assistant Dean Heather Spielmaker at hspielmaker@ku.edu with questions.

Associate Dean Crystal Mai hosts a mandatory Hooding Ceremony information meeting in the spring. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 104.  At this meeting, we review the ceremony process. Students pick up their Hooding Ceremony tickets and their class composite picture. 

More information about the meeting date will be shared with the graduating class during the spring semester.

 

The graduating class votes to select faculty members who will be asked to serve as Marshals and the Hooder. Marshals lead the class into and out of the Lied Center auditorium for the Hooding Ceremony and down the Hill for Commencement. Students will be notified in early February when the ballot is available.

Graduation announcements are available to order from Jostens through the KU Bookstore.  A representative from Jostens will also be available at the Law School Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor commons area.

Regalia (hood, robe, tam and tassel) will be available for purchase from the Kansas Union Bookstore. For more information, visit the KU Bookstore

Students may also purchase graduation regalia at the Law School Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor commons area. Students purchasing regalia during the graduation fair receive a 10% discount. 

All family and friends attending the Hooding Ceremony, including young children, must have a ticket. Graduates will not need a ticket. 

There typically is not a limit on the number of tickets you may request. 

The ticket sign-up will begin in March 2022. Check back for more information about how to sign up for tickets.

 

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.

Graduates should plan to arrive at the Lied Center by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The ceremony starts at 1 p.m. Graduates should enter the Lied Center at the Pavilion/east entrance.

Ceremony instructions are typically posted in April and distributed at the Mandatory Hooding Ceremony Information Meeting, which is scheduled for April 14, 2022.

KU Law traditionally hosts a reception and open house following the Hooding Ceremony. Graduating students and their family members are encouraged to stop by. 

An RSVP form for the reception will be sent out in March.

Class composite photos will be distributed at the mandatory Hooding Ceremony information meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Graduates are encouraged to follow the university's process for receiving their diplomas. Graduates who prefer to have their diplomas be mailed must complete the Diploma Delivery Request function in Enroll & Pay. Be sure to update your mailing address.

Visit the KU Commencement website for more information about diploma distribution.


Celebrating the KU Law Class of 2021

The KU Law community is proud of all the Class of 2021's accomplishments. To celebrate the graduating class, the law school shared a virtual hooding ceremony including a message from Dean Stephen Mazza, congratulations from the KU Law faculty, and a reading of 2021 graduates.

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