Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2019

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 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Budig Hall, Room 120
1455 Jayhawk BLVD
Lawrence, KA 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, 2019 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 22nd
KU Lawrence "Grad Fair" is March 20th & 21st 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 2018 graduates and those planning to graduate in spring 2019 and summer 2019 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.   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 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 on Wescoe Patio

Additional Ceremonies:

School of Health Professions Recognition Ceremony 
May 18, 2019 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 9th 
May 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Lied Center
Contact: 785-864-3513 for Distinction/Highest Distinction or
Contact: 785-864-1784 for Masters Hooding or
May 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Lied Center
Contact: 785-864-8040
May 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Memorial Stadium
Contact: 785-864-7100
Additional Resources:

News and events

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.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

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.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times