Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Class of 2021 invited to rescheduled Commencement ceremony on May 23

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Class of 2021,

As you know, earlier today we were forced to cancel all three of our scheduled Commencement ceremonies due to the threat of severe weather. I know this was disappointing to you and guests, and to all of us at KU who were looking forward to seeing you on the Hill.

But after the challenges you have endured for the past year, we will not give up on your Commencement ceremony just yet. I am pleased to let you know that we are planning a rescheduled Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 next Sunday afternoon, May 23, in Memorial Stadium. We will share additional details as soon as possible on the Commencement website and via social media.

We recognize not all of you will be able to attend this rescheduled Commencement. We also recognize next weekend’s ceremony won’t be the same without all of you there. For those of you who can’t be in Lawrence, I hope you and your guests will join the ceremony from wherever you are via livestream on the Commencement website.

In the meantime, we invite you to watch a virtual Commencement celebration we recorded for you earlier today. It’s not the pomp and circumstance we envisioned for today, but we hope it will tide you over until next Sunday.


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