142nd Commencement to take place Sunday, May 18

Thu, 05/15/2014

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David Martin
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LAWRENCE — More than 4,000 graduates are expected to take part in the traditional walk through the Memorial Campanile and down the Hill at the University of Kansas during the 142nd annual Commencement on Sunday, May 18, at Memorial Stadium.

Stadium gates open at 9 a.m. Graduates and faculty will gather on Memorial Drive at 10 a.m. and will begin the walk down Mount Oread at 10:30 a.m. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Two honorary degrees will be presented at the ceremony. Acclaimed opera singer Joyce DiDonato will receive an honorary doctor of arts degree. Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will welcome graduates and guests, as well as confer degrees and deliver a farewell to the Class of 2014.

The ceremony will be streamed live at commencement.ku.edu and can be viewed at the Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

In the event of inclement weather, an announcement will be made at 9 a.m. about arrangements for a postponed ceremony.

The announcement will be made public at:

• alert.ku.edu, twitter.com/kunews and twitter.com/kugrads

• WOW! Cable Channel 6

kuinfo.ku.edu

• Radio stations KJHK-FM, 90.7; KPR-FM, 91.5; KLZR-FM, 105.9; WIBW-AM, 580; KMBZ-AM, 980; and KLWN-AM, 1320

• To students who signed up to receive alert notifications via cell phone

If the weather begins to clear by late morning, an attempt to hold a postponed ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. Graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at noon.

For information and detailed schedule of events visit commencement.ku.edu.

A list of candidates for degree and their hometowns is available online.



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