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KU News Service shares names of University of Kansas candidates for degree and honor roll recipients with media across Kansas and the nation so Jayhawks can get recognition from friends and neighbors in their hometowns. 

May 2020 graduates

Most years, names of candidates for degree are sent in advance of the May commencement ceremony, when students are still candidates for degree. With no on-campus celebration in May 2020, KU News Service published the names in July 2020 when graduation had been cleared by the registrar's office. See the spring 2020 graduates. It is up to local media editors to determine if and when the graduates' names are published in those outlets.

Spring 2020 honor roll

July 6, 2020 — More than 7,500 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2020 semester. The students, from KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas, represent 85 of 105 Kansas counties; 47 other states, territories, and Washington, D.C.; and 55 other countries. See the spring 2020 honor roll recipients.

FAQs for students and families

Does KU contact media outlets with my graduation and honor roll information?
KU News Service automatically sends student information to newspapers closely affiliated with your hometown city, county or ZIP code within the United States.

How do you determine my hometown city?
This information comes from your information in Enroll & Pay. For students with parents/guardians in separate cities, we will send student information to the newspaper located nearest to where you attended high school. You can change your hometown in the address section of Enroll & Pay. This is also where you can update your preferred name.

When will my hometown media outlet run my announcement?
Newspaper editors ultimately decide if and when they publish student announcements. If you want more information about a timeline, you may wish to contact the newspaper.

Why am I not listed?
The most common reason that a student’s name does not appear with other candidates for degree is that a hold has been placed on your directory information, which means we can’t release your name, graduation and/or award status or hometown to media. This can be updated in Enroll & Pay, and then you can contact us at to let us know we can post and share your information with hometown media.

When will the names be released?
Names of spring 2020 graduates will be published around July 10 once degrees are posted by the Registrar’s Office. Summer 2020 graduates will be published in September and shared with hometown media at that time. We have already published the Summer 2019 graduates and Fall 2019 candidates for degree.

Why are you publishing spring graduate names later this year?
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to ensure students had the maximum amount of time to complete graduation requirements and have names shared with hometown newspapers. 

Is the Commencement program listing the same as the KU News Service listing?
No, these are processed separately, in part because KU News Service publishes names by term. Please make sure your name is designated as releasable to media and that your name and hometown city preferences are updated in Enroll & Pay.

When are the spring and fall dean’s list/honor rolls published?
KU News Service publishes the honor roll each term within five days of receipt from the Registrar’s Office, usually during the first week of February (fall) and July (spring). The spring 2020 honor roll will be published on or after July 6. Names are then sent to hometown media. Some students will be notified of their school honors a few weeks before the full university list is available for KU News Service to publish.

Spring 2020 Honor Roll

Why is my name not on the dean’s list/honor roll?
KU News Service receives the honor roll/dean’s lists directly from the University Registrar. We encourage you to contact your academic adviser if you believe there has been an error. We can update our release and share your name with hometown media if there has been an error.

I am a proud parent/grandparent of a KU student and have questions about if or when their information will be published. Can KU News Service help me? 
To protect their privacy, we need to talk directly with our students about their academic accomplishments and hometown news preferences. Students should contact us at if we can post and share their information with hometown media.

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