In person Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2020 is cancelled due to Covid 19.  Two virtual ceremony Power Point Movies are in progress.  Links to both go live on May 30, 2020 @ 1:00 PM.

Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2020

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing and Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders Graduation Recognition Ceremony is a formal event that honors graduating seniors, masters, and doctoral students. Graduates must wear cap and gown to participate. Masters, AuD, SLPD, and PhD. students should bring their hood for the ceremony. The number of guests you invite to the Ceremony in NOT limited and no tickets are required to attend.

Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
1455 Jayhawk BLVD
Lawrence, KS 66045
Contact: 785-864-0630,

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Invitation Flyer  (PDF)

The University of Kansas Commencement is a less formal, no ticket required, all university graduation event for several thousand students held outdoors in Memorial Stadium each May. The "walk down the hill" is a fun tradition where students often bring balloons or decorate caps and gowns. You can participate if you are planning to graduate in Summer 2019 but your name will not appear in the university wide commencement book until the following year.

Individuals with differing abilities/special needs are encouraged to attend all University of Kansas-sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Becky Harris by May 1, 2020 at 785-864-0630,, FAX 785-864-3974 to make arrangements to assist your guests with special needs. We have wheelchair accessible seating, aisle seating and available seating closer to the stage area.  A reserved section with a sign language intrepretor will also be available.  Please look for this section if needed.  Auditorium doors open one hour prior to the ceremony.

Caps & gowns, tassels, hoods, rings, and announcements can be found at:
KU Bookstore 785-864-4640 or 1-800-458-1111
KU Med Center Bookstore 913-588-2548 or 1-800-262-7509
Ordering deadline for faculty rentals is March 20 for Spring 2020
KU Lawrence "Grad Fair" for Fall 2019: October 22nd & 23rd in KU Bookstore, Kansas Union, Level 2 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM AND for Spring 2020: March 18th & 19th in Kansas Union Ballroom, level 5 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  
Visit KU Lawrence "Grad Fair" for all materials you need for graduation- in one place!.

Announcements should read: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in "Speech-Language-Hearing" / Master of Arts in "Speech-Language Pathology" / Doctor of Audiology / Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology / Doctor of Philosophy in "Audiology" or Doctor of Philosophy in "Speech-Language Pathology"

Students should arrive at 120 Budig Hall at 12:15 p.m. to fill out a registration card. Line up for "green screen" photos and be ready when called for graduate group photos.  Groups will be called according to their degree- 1) Undergraduates, 2) Graduates- M.A., 3) Graduates, AuD, 4) Graduates, SLPD, 5) Graduates, PhD, 6) Faculty.  Guests should arrive early enough to be seated by 12:50 p.m. 

Caps, Gowns and Hoods (where applicable) are required to participate in the graduation ceremony. Guests dress ranging from casual to formal is acceptable.

Diplomas are now made available at the KU Visitor Center after they are printed. Diploma info. A generic scroll will be handed to the graduate as they cross the stage. 

Seniors expecting to graduate with Highest Distinction (top 3%) and with Distinction (top 10%) will only be noted in the KU Commencement Program Book.  They will be notified of eligibility via email.
Students in the University Honors Program may wear white honor cords previously given out.

No formal printed invitations will be mailed. Students will receive an email invitation to the Recognition Ceremony from the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing. If an email invitation is not received, and you are expecting to graduate, please contact All fall 2019 graduates and those planning to graduate in spring 2020 and summer 2020 are eligible to attend this ceremony.  

SHAKE HANDS - Cross the stage and pause for photo while shaking the hand of the person presenting your scroll.   Prior to the ceremony and group photos, a separate posed photo line up will be in the hallway in front of a "green screen" .  Line up after picking up and filling out your registration card at the check in table.  Group photos will be taken just prior to the ceremony line up at 12:50 PM. GradImages Photography is the official photographer and has been contracted to take photographs on Commencement day and at recognition events on the Lawrence campus.
Program Schedule
Program will last approximately 45-60 minutes 
  • Processional
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Presentation of Awards and Honors
  • Guest Speaker
  • Presentation of Graduates
  • Invitation to Reception in Wesco Underground

Additional Ceremonies:

School of Health Professions Recognition Ceremony 
May 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. 600 N. 7th Street Trfy, KC, KS 66101
Contact: Christi Jones: 913-588-5275

Registration will open in mid-March, Registration by May 7th 
May 16, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Lied Center
Contact: 785-864-3513 for Distinction/Highest Distinction or
Contact: 785-864-1784 for Masters Hooding or
May 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Lied Center
Contact: 785-864-8040
May 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Memorial Stadium
Contact: 785-864-7100
Additional Resources:

News and events

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link to go live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link to go live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 16, 2020

In person Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2020 is cancelled due to Covid 19.  Two virtual ceremony Power Point Movies are in progress.  Completion to be announced.

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.


Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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