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The Undergraduate Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, May 11th , at 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena

Attire: Caps and Gowns!

Seniors R.S.V.P. Here

Seniors, please complete the RSVP form and return it as soon as possible but no later than Friday, April 26th. RSVP DEADLINE to be in the program: Friday, April 26th.

Livestream the Undergraduate Biology Recognition Ceremony

Dear Graduating Seniors,

Congratulations on your graduation from the University of Kansas. We are so excited and proud of you for all that you have accomplished. The university plans to hold the KU Commencement in-person, and you can find more information about commencement in the link below.


2024 Graduation Recognition Information

This ceremony will honor students planning to graduate in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024.

Graduates should arrive by 5:00 p.m. and will check in at the Anschutz Pavilion (map below). The closest parking lots are the Allen Fieldhouse Parking garage, Lot 72, and Lot 54. We will have ushers to meet you at the door and direct you to the student check-in table inside Anschutz Pavilion. When you check in, you'll receive a card with your name, majors/minors, and phonetic spelling. You'll keep this card during the ceremony and hand it to the person reading names when you approach the stage.

Graduates will process in to the Volleyball Arena from Wagnon-Parrott Athletic Center and be seated on the arena floor. Graduates may line up in any order.

Please wear your graduation cap and gown

The ceremony typically lasts 1 hour.  We will have opening remarks, recognition of the “Most Impactful Professors,” recognition of biology departmental honors candidates, senior biology scholarship recipients, recognition of graduates, and closing remarks. 

You will have your portrait taken by KU’s official Commencement photographers before your name and degree(s)are read and you shake hands with biology faculty. 

There is no limit to the number of guests each graduate may have attend. No tickets are needed for the biology graduation

Parking is complimentary on Commencement weekend.  There are surface parking lots across from Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena in Lot 90 (see campus map), and Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage is also an option north of Allen Fieldhouse.  Accessible parking is location in Lot 71.

Graduates will fill out accessibility requests for themselves or their guests in the RSVP form. Once the RSVP form is received, Lindsey Deaver will reach out to the graduate to make arrangements for accommodations. There is accessible seating on the main floor, and also an elevator to access the accessible seating on the upper floor. Accessible/limited mobility parking is located in Lot 71 east of the Horejsi Arena

Students must apply to graduate on-line by signing into the Enroll & Pay system.

The deadline for submitting the Application for Degree (AFD) is as follows; students are urged to submit their AFD during the semester before they plan to graduate:

  • Spring – March 1 (to guarantee inclusion in the official Commencement program, students should turn in AFD by March 1)
  • Summer – July 15
  • Fall – November 1

If you do not have a job, or plans to attend graduate school, and are not sure what careers you can pursue with a biology degree, please make an appointment with a career coach in the University Career Center by calling 785-864-3624. Career coaches are available to meet with you up to 6 months after your graduation.

B.A. Biochemistry, B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Biology, B.S. Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology), B.A. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, B.S. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, B.A. Human Biology (Anthropology; Applied Behavioral Science; Biology; Psychology; and Speech-Language-Hearing), B.A. Microbiology, B.S. Microbiology, B.A. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, B.S. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, B.S. Molecular Biosciences.

If you have any questions that aren’t covered in this message, please email me (

We look forward to seeing you at our graduation recognition event!


Lindsey Deaver on behalf of Undergraduate Biology

Map of Horejsi Volleyball Areana, student enterance located behind Burge Union, Guest Enterance Located off of Allen Fieldhouse Drive.
Map of Horejsi Volleyball Areana, Student Enterance located behind Burge Union, Guest Enterance Located off of Allen Fieldhouse Drive.