Jill Jess Phythyon
KU News Service

Commencement to proceed as scheduled

Fri, 05/17/2013

LAWRENCE  — About 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 141st annual Commencement on Sunday, May 19, at Memorial Stadium.

Stadium gates will 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.

Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute and advocate for sustainable agriculture, will be the featured speaker. Jackson is one of three 2013 recipients of KU honorary degrees, along with dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage and artist and educator Wendell Castle.

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

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

  • Knology Cable Channel 6
  • Radio stations KJHK (FM 90.7), KPR (FM 91.5), KLZR (FM 105.9), WIBW (AM 580), KMBZ (AM 980) and KLWN (AM 1320)
  • On cell phones of students who have signed up to receive alert notifications.

If weather conditions improve by late morning, the ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. Graduates will assemble on Memorial Drive at noon.

For information and detailed schedule of events visit

A list of candidates for degree and their hometowns will be posted Friday, May 17, at

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