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Because of COVID-19 health and safety precautions, schools and departments at KU will not have in-person recognition ceremonies in the spring of 2021, however KU has scheduled outdoor Commencement ceremonies. KU outdoor Commencement ceremonies in Memorial Stadium are on these dates:

  • Class of 2021: May 16
  • Class of 2020: May 23

Please follow the KU and School of Journalism and Mass Communications social media channels for more information about these events as details become available and check the KU Commencement website.

KU has directed all schools not to have any in-person graduation ceremonies, so the J-School is planning a pre-recorded video graduate commemoration that will be posted on the J-School YouTube channel on May 15. The video will remain there all year for viewing anytime. We are inviting graduates to send photos to jschool@ku.edu for inclusion in the video. (Deadline is April 30 for inclusion in the video.) We also are inviting graduates to send senior reflections to be posted on the J-School website (see examples of 2020 senior reflections here.) Please email to jschool@ku.edu with subject line “2021 grad.”
On the day of Commencement, May 16, Stauffer-Flint Hall will be open for you and your guests to tour. Also that day, stop by our table at Stauffer-Flint Hall for some special graduation gifts from the J-School!
Questions? If the question is about the KU Commencement ceremony, email commencement@ku.edu.
If the question is J-School specific, email jschool@ku.edu.
Congratulations – we look forward to celebrating your achievement!

Recognition messages from May 2020

Please enjoy these video messages from Dean Brill and faculty and staff. Also:

  • See the full list of 2020 graduates here.
  • Read 2020 senior reflections here.
  • Watch alumni messages to the class of 2020 here.

Dean Ann M. Brill

Scott Reinardy

Genelle Belmas

Peter Bobkowski

Gerri Berendzen

Carol Holstead

David Johnston

Lisa Loewen

Chuck Marsh

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