Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2018

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 and Ph.D. 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 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Budig Hall, Room 120
1455 Jayhawk BLVD
Lawrence, KA 66045
Contact: 785-864-0630,

SPLH/IPCD Graduation 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 2018 but your name will not appear in the university wide commencement book until the following year.

Individuals with disabilities 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, 2017 at 785-864-0630,, FAX 785-864-3974 to make prior arrangements to assist your special needs guests. We have wheelchair accessible seating, aisle seating and available seating closer to the stage area.  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 info 913-588-2548 or 1-800-262-7509
Ordering deadline is April 23rd "Grad Fair" March 13th & 14th in Kansas Union Ballroom, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  
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 Philosophy in "Audiology" or "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-PhD, 5) 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.  

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 2017 graduates and those planning to graduate in spring 2018 and summer 2018 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 photo line up in the hallway in front of a "green screen" after picking up 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 30-45 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 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Kansas City Music Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Contact: Christi Jones: 913-588-5275

Registration will open in mid-March, Registration by April 12th 
May 12, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Lied Center
Contact: 785-864-3513 for Distinction/Highest Distinction or
Contact: 785-864-1784 for Masters Hooding or
May 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Lied Center
Contact: 785-864-8040
May 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Memorial Stadium
Contact: 785-864-7100
Additional Resources:

News and events


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/IPCD Graduation Information Page, May 12, 2018 (2019 informationto be edited soon)

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Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

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

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

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KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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