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KU News Service shares names of University of Kansas candidates for degree and honor roll recipients so Jayhawks can get recognition from friends and neighbors. 

Fall 2021 Honor Roll

KU News Service will receive a list of students named to the University of Kansas honor roll from the Office of the Registrar near the end of January 2022. After processing, names will be published in an announcement at on Feb. 9 for students and their families to share. 

Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 Graduates

LAWRENCE — The names of more than 5,700 graduates at the University of Kansas for fall 2020 and spring 2021 have been announced by the University Registrar. A ceremony for 2020 and 2021 graduates took place May 23. Names of summer 2020 graduates were previously published. Not all students elect to have their names shared through KU News Service, but they may contact if they would like to be included. Summer 2021 graduates will be announced at a later date.

More information about Commencement is available at the KU Commencement website.

Spring 2021 Honor Roll

LAWRENCE — More than 6,500 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2021 semesterThe honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and in the schools of Architecture & Design, Business, Education & Human Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions, Journalism & Mass Communications, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Professional Studies and Social Welfare. Requirements vary by school.

Students should contact their academic adviser if they have questions about inclusion on the list. The spring 2021 honor roll includes names of students whose academic status was finalized by June 28. KU News Service sends the names of student honorees to their respective U.S. hometown newspapers where available. 

Fall 2020 honor roll

Feb. 3, 2021 — More than 7,100 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2020 semester. The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and in the schools of Architecture & Design, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Journalism & Mass Communications, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Welfare. See the fall 2020 honor roll recipients.

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.

Fall 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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