Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Class of 2021 invited to join Class of 2020 for combined Commencement ceremony May 23

Monday, May 17, 2021

Class of 2021,

Yesterday evening, after severe weather forced us to cancel your Commencement ceremonies, I wrote to let you know we were working to develop another opportunity to celebrate your graduation from KU.

Today I am happy to report that we are inviting you and your guests to join our previously scheduled Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 next Sunday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. This combined Commencement will be special in that it will celebrate two separate classes of graduates who share a common bond — that is, they persevered to earn their degrees during a global pandemic.

This event will resemble past years’ Commencements in that you will get to enjoy the traditional walk down the Hill into David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Tickets will no longer be required for this ceremony, and seating will be open to you and your guests in a way that promotes social distancing. Additional details will be available on our Commencement website.

We realize not all of you will be able to attend this special Commencement ceremony. We also realize this ceremony won’t be the same without all of you in attendance. For those of you who can’t join us in Lawrence, we invite you to watch the livestream on our Commencement website.

I am proud of you, Jayhawks. You have overcome tremendous adversity in pursuit of your degrees, and I look forward to celebrating your achievements this Sunday.

Rock Chalk!


Douglas A. Girod

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