Tickets are required for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, and each graduate will receive 4 tickets.

All guests require tickets. Please note, the ceremony could be up to 3 hours long, so children who may want their own seats need tickets. However, infants held in a lap for the entire ceremony do not require a ticket. We expect a full auditorium and anticipate needing all seats for ticketed guests.

Please arrive at the Lied Center by 7:00pm in order to be seated before the ceremony begins at 7:30pm. Seating is first-come, first-serve.  

If any guests need an accommodation, the Lied Center has a variety of seating options that do not involve stairs.  It is recommended that guests in need of an accommodation arrive early to be able to select the area that best suits them (close to an exit or an aisle, toward the middle, or toward the back). Lied Center staff will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate seating areas. This seating chart shows the several options available. Rows AA-00 on the lower level are reserved for graduates and faculty hooders. 

Parking and Map

The Lied Center is the venue for a number of commencement events on that day. Please plan ahead and we encourage you to allocate extra time before and after the event. 

Driving directions

KU’s parking map


Picture-taking will be permitted but should not impair the view of others.  There will be a professional photographer taking pictures of graduates as they are hooded.  The photographer will contact graduates about the opportunity to view proofs and purchase photographs.

Live Stream Broadcast

A live video stream of the event will be available during the Hooding ceremony.

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