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The University of Kansas Honors Program Spring 2022 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Our ceremony will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the Lied Center of Kansas. Attendees will hear remarks from Program Director Sarah Crawford-Parker, as well as from Dr. John Colombo, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and graduating senior Achal Patel. Guests may join us in person or attend the ceremony via livestream on the Lied Center's website. There is no guest limit and no tickets are required to attend. The auditorium is accessible, and ushers will be present to assist guests in finding seating. Space in the second balcony will be reserved for guests arriving late.

Ceremony instructions - 

Before arrival, graduates should ensure they have a cap and gown, which are required to participate. Valuables should be left in cars or with guests, as the Lied Center will not have secure storage available.

Check-in will take place in the Lied Center Pavilion, accessible from the building's east entrance. Graduates must check in by 7:45 p.m. to receive a card with their name and pronounciation which they should confirm or adjust before 8:20 p.m, when they will prepare for procession. 

During the ceremony, graduates will take the stage individually, handing their card to a reader before crossing to receive their medallion. Once they do, graduates will move their tassel from right to left. Professional photographs will be taken during the presentation of medallions and backstage before graduates return to their seats.

Medallions do not need to be purchased or ordered. Students taking portraits prior to the ceremony can arrange to borrow a medallion with Erin McElroy at honors@ku.edu. Graduates who will not attend the ceremony can obtain a medallion during the Nunemaker Center's regular front office hours.

Instructions for seniors arriving late - 

We understand there has been some concern about the overlap between the Business School Ceremony (7-9 pm) and the Honors Recognition Ceremony (8:30-9:30 pm) this Friday, May 13th.  We want to be sure students have the opportunity to join both ceremonies!  Please note, it is ok for seniors to arrive after 7:45 pm for check-in, we are prepared for late arrivals. Students should still use the Pavilion entrance and guests should use the front entrance of the Lied Center. We will have a staff member stationed in the Pavilion entrance until 9 pm for students arriving late, directing students to enter discreetly through side Door 2. 

Information for guests unable to attend -

Guests unable to attend in person may join us via livestream on the Lied Center's website.

Additional opportunity for seniors - 

The Yarick-Morgan Prize for Excellence recognizes graduates of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who have completed the University Honors Program and will pursue a graduate degree at the University of Kansas. The one-time, non-renewable scholarship of $10,000 is awarded for one academic year.  

Applications include a curriculum vitae and letter of recommendation, in addition to a personal statement no longer than 500 words that answers the following: How has the University Honors Program enhanced your undergraduate education and helped prepare you for your future?

Learn more about the Yarick-Morgan Prize for Excellence, the application deadline is May 21! To apply, click the button below:

Apply for Yarick-Morgan Scholarship Here!


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Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty