KU School of Nursing 2016 Recognition and Commencement Events

Audience view 2014 Recognition CeremonyUniversity of Kansas School of Nursing faculty and staff look forward to celebrating students' academic achievements at the upcoming graduation events. There are two primary graduation events for undergraduate and graduate students and another specific to doctoral students. Information and related website links are provided here. 

School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

The 2016 University of Kansas School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 14, 11:30 a.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 600 N. 7th Street, Kansas City, Kan. 66101. Family and friends will share in recognizing individual student achievements as each nursing graduate walks across the stage. There is no limit to the number of guests, and tickets are not required.

Undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in August or December 2015 and those scheduled for May or August 2016 graduation are invited to participate in the Recognition Ceremony. 

Registration  Names of students registered by April 8 will be confirmed and included in the printed School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony program and the University of Kansas Commencement program. Although we will continue to accept registrations through May 11, we will be unable to print your name in the program if your registration is received after April 8. Register here

Accommodations  If you require accommodations, such as wheelchair accessible seating or a sign language interpreter, please include this information where indicated in your registration form. For added assurance, you may also contact Sandi Sanchez or call 913.588.4381 no later than April 29.

Announcements  Commencement announcements, Recognition Ceremony insert cards and other products commemorating your graduation celebration are available from CB Grad's or by calling 800.433.0296.

Regalia  Regalia are worn at all three School of Nursing ceremonies and events (Recognition Ceremony, Hooding Ceremony and University Commencement). School of Nursing regalia are available at the KU Medical Center Bookstore by calling 913-588-2548. To guarantee availability and timely delivery, please contact the bookstore no later than April 15. 



BSN (both basic BSN and RN-BSN)

Bachelor's gown and mortarboard
Apricot tassel


Master's gown and mortarboard
Master's hood (gold)
Black tassel

Post-M.S. Certificate Completion

Choice of M.S. cap/gown/hood or professional attire


Doctoral gown and tam
Doctoral hood (apricot)*
Apricot tassel


Doctoral gown and tam
Doctoral hood (dark blue/royal)
Old Gold tassel
* Doctoral graduates carry their hoods until officially hooded at the University of Kansas hooding ceremony; and then wear their hoods during Commencement on

Note: Low or no-heel shoes are recommended for these events. Long walks, steep ramps and many steps are a part of these ceremonies!

Ceremony Instructions  There is no dress rehearsal for the ceremony, so these instructions serve as your directions and contain details you may wish to share with family and friends.

Directions, Parking, and Accommodations

From the KU Medical Center area OR from I-35  Take the 7th Street exit and go north.  Rainbow Blvd. becomes 7th Street at the corner of 7th Street & Southwest Blvd. Continue to proceed north on 7th Street to downtown Kansas City, Kan. You will go through an intersection at 7th and Central Avenue with a stop light. Drive about 1/2 mile past Central. Memorial Hall is on the left, facing 7th Street between Tauromee and Barnett streets. Map.

From I-70  If you are traveling east or west on I-70, take the 7th Street (North) exit from I-70. (7th Street South will take you away from Memorial Hall and you will be headed back to the KU Medical Center campus, so please only turn north). Map

Parking is free on weekends in most of the downtown area. Suggestions include:

  • Upper level of "E South" (east of Memorial Hall on Barnett)
  • Surrounding on-street parking
  • Lot #1 (entrance from Ann between 7th and 8th streets)
  • Lot C (multilevel garage accessible from Armstrong between 7th and 8th streets)

Here's a street/parking lot map of the area. 

Handicapped parking is not available at this venue. A drop-off point and handicap-accessible entrance are available in the driveway just south of Memorial Hall. The hall is wheelchair accessible, but wheelchairs are not provided.

Seating chart  The student and faculty seating chart will be posted here on May 13. At that time, if your name is not on the chart and you plan to participate, please contact Sandi Sanchez immediately at 913.588.4381.

Photography GradImages is the official Recognition Ceremony photographer. Registering with GradImages provides the information needed to deliver proofs to your email in a timely manner. You may also provide six additional email addresses if you would like family and friends to also receive the proofs. Thereafter, you will order pictures online, by phone at 800.433.0296 or through mail. 

University of Kansas Doctoral Hooding in Lawrence - Saturday, May 14, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
The 2016 University of Kansas Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lied Center on the Lawrence campus, approximately 45 minutes west of KU Medical Center. Ph.D. and DNP students who graduated in August or December 2015 and those graduating in May or August 2016 are invited to participate. Registration is required. 

University of Kansas Commencement in Lawrence - Sunday, May 15, 10:30 a.m.

Ph.D. and DNP students who graduated in August or December 2015 and those graduating May or August 2016 are invited to participate.

The 144th Commencement of the University of Kansas procession begins at 10:30 a.m. Prior to "walking down the hill," students assemble with their School along Memorial Drive. You will find the School of Nursing toward the east side of Spencer Library. Our marshals (and our School of Nursing banner) will arrive early, so you should have no problem finding our group. Registration is not required. Friends and family do not need tickets.

The printed commencement program will include the names of August and December 2015 graduates and the names of May and August 2016 graduates who submitted an Application for Degree (AFD) in Enroll and Pay by the March 1 deadline or registered for the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony by April 8.


Please email Sandi Sanchez or call the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office at 913.588.1619, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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Last modified: Apr 26, 2016