2009 graduation guide
thursday, may 7, 2009
Students gettingmaster’s degrees
Students getting Ph.D.sor higher level degrees
Size o graduating class
College of Lberal Arts an Scences
School of Alle Health
School of Archtecture an Urban Plannng
School of Busness
School of Eucaton
School of Engneerng
School of Fne Arts
School of Journalsm an Mass Communcatons
School of Nursng
School of Pharmacy
School of Socal Welfare
Size o graduating class
School of Law
School of Mecne
— Michael Harry, technological support consultant in the University Registrar’s Ofce— Compiled by Rachel Schwartz
BY THE NUMBERS
Below is a breakdown of the University’s graduatesby school, degree, and in-state and out-of-state
University of Kansas 2009 Commencement Schedule of Events
Fray, May 15
1 to 2 p.m. School o SocialWelare recognition or bachelor’so social welare candidates. LiedCenter.
2:30 to 4 p.m. InternationalPrograms and InternationalStudent and Scholar Services rec-ognition. Kansas Room, Union.
4 to 6 p.m. School o Busi-ness undergraduate recognitionceremony. Lied Center.
Saturay, May 16
8:30 a.m. School o Journal-ism graduate recognition. LiedCenter. Reception ollows, lawn o Stauer-Flint Hall.
8:30 to 10 a.m. Reception orchancellor’s awards recipients.Kansas Room, Kansas Union.
9 a.m. School o Allied Healthrecognition ceremony. JohnsonCounty Community Collegegymnasium, 12345 College Blvd.,Overland Park.
10:30 a.m. School o Fine Artsconvocation. Lied Center.
10:30 a.m. to noon. Lun-cheon or School o Allied Health,health policy and management,master’s o public health, andgraduate studies graduates.“Under the tent” at KU EdwardsCampus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Over-land Park.
11 a.m. School o Nursingrecognition ceremony. JohnsonCounty Community Collegegymnasium, 12345 College Blvd.,Overland Park.
11 a.m. to noon. Phi BetaKappa initiation. Woodru Audi-torium, Kansas Union.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Centeror Russian, East European andEurasian Studies graduationreception or master’s candidates.318 Bailey Hall.
12:30 to 2 p.m. Luncheonor School o Nursing graduates,amily and riends. “Under thetent” at KU Edwards Campus,12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park.
1 to 3 p.m. University HonorsProgram, University Scholars,and CLAS students graduatingwith distinction. Craton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall.
1 to 3 p.m. School o Educa-tion convocation. Lied Center.
5 p.m. Multicultural ScholarsProgram graduation banquet.Ballroom, Kansas Union.
6 p.m. Oce o MulticulturalAairs graduation banquet. Big12 and Jayhawk rooms, KansasUnion.
6 to 7:30 p.m. School o Pharmacy senior recognition.Craton-Preyer Theatre, MurphyHall. Reception ollows.
7 p.m. School o Medicinehooding and awards. Lied Center.
Sunay, May 17
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MemorialDrive closed to trac. (Parkingban begins midnight Saturday.)
8 a.m. School o Engineeringrecognition and awards ceremo-ny. Lied Center. Reception ollowsat Oliver Hall.
10 to 11:15 a.m. School o Law hooding. Lied Center. Ticketsrequired. Reception ollows,Green Hall.
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Classo 2009 commencement lunch.Chancellor’s residence, 1532 LilacLane.
11:30 a.m. School o Archi-tecture and Urban Planningcommencement luncheon andrecognition ceremony. Ticketsrequired. Ballroom, Kansas Union.
Noon to 1:15 p.m. School o Social Welare hooding or mas-ter’s o social work candidates.Lied Center.
2 p.m. Commencement par-ticipants assemble on MemorialDrive.
2:30 p.m. Commencementprocession begins
BY DANA MEREDITH
Commencement day signi-fies for most graduates the endof their time as a student at theUniversity and as a member of theLawrence community. The AlumniAssociation wants recent graduatesto know, however, that their timeas a Jayhawk is by no means overafter they walk down the hill andinto Memorial Stadium.“We help bridge the gap betweenbeing a student at the University and being an alumni; we want youto know that there’s still a com-munity out there for you, even if you’re not on the Hill,” said Aly Rodee, Wichita senior and formerexecutive member of the StudentAlumni Association. The SAA is anoffshoot of the Alumni Associationthat helps with running programsand events.The Alumni Association attractsmembers in part by sponsoringyear-end programs for recent grad-uates, such as Wieners for Seniors,a hot dog giveaway on WescoeBeach that is designed to advertiseanother Alumni Association event,Grad Grill.Grad Grill will take place tonightfrom 5:30 to 7:30 at the AdamsAlumni Center and features freefood and drink, door prizes andinformation tables.“It’s the first event that studentsattend as alumni,” said StefaniGerson, coordinator of student pro-grams for the Alumni Association.“It’s a congratulatory event heldin their honor, and it’s free for allmembers of the Class of 2009.”After helping organize the eventseveral times, Megan Lemon,Smithville, Mo., senior and formerSAA executive member, will get toenjoy Grad Grill from the otherside of things this year.“This semester has been for mereaping the rewards of everythingI did in the past,” Lemon said.“It’s nice; I appreciate it a lot moresince I know what went into thepreparation.”Rodee said she hoped Grad Grillwould help students become morecomfortable as alumni, in addi-tion to providing a relaxing envi-ronment before finals.The AlumniCenter is known as the big scary building on campus that no oneknows if they can come in to,”Rodee said. “Grad Grill is to getpeople to the come to the center.”In addition to Grad Grill, theAlumni Association sponsors aring ceremony, during which stu-dents receive class rings if they havepurchased them. It also provides afree box lunch on the chancellor’slawn at 11 a.m. before commence-ment on May 17.Beyond programs, the AlumniAssociation welcomes recent grad-uates into the alumni community with a year’s free membership tothe Alumni Association, a $25 valuesponsored by KU Endowment, andan opportunity to purchase a life-time membership for half price.“I will definitely take advantageof my free year’s membership withthe Alumni Association,” ReubenDermyer, Olathe senior, said. “Ithink it’s a good idea, because Idon’t think a lot of recent grads willhave the money to join the AlumniAssociation up front.”Gerson said benefits of AlumniAssociation membership includ-ed a subscription to the
Kansas Alumni Magazine
, special discountsto events held around the country,access to an online directory fornetworking purposes, a monthly KU e-newsletter and a 10 percentdiscount at all KU bookstores.Rodee said that the connectionsan Alumni Association member-ship provided were its most impor-tant advantages.“It connects you to over 300,000other Jayhawks,” Rodee said. “Imight go to a city I’ve never beento before; that connection will beimmeasurable in becoming part of the community there.”Gerson also stressed the impor-tance of using the free member-ship to network and stay involvedwith University events.“By being a member, you’rehelping the University as a wholeby remaining a strong entity inthe Jayhawk nation,” Gerson said.“We want recent graduates to stay connected because that keeps theUniversity strong.”
— Edited by Melissa Johnson
Ties to University don’tend on graduation day
The faple n rnt Strn Hall s
corroded and leaning. It is being replaced as the 2009class gift. Giving a class gift is one of the many traditions for graduating seniors.
gRAdUATioN wEEKENd 2009
2009 SENiOR CLASS GiFT
Each year, the Board o ClassOcers and Senior AdvisoryBoard choose what contribu-tion the graduating class willmake to the University. Thisyear, they will replace the ag-pole outside o Strong Hall,which is corroded and leaningto the side. The KU Endowment helpsund the class git by sellingClass o 2009 $10 T-shirts, saidAly Rodee, Wichita senior andmember o the senior advisoryboard or Board o Class O-fcers. Parents and riends o graduates can make donationson their behal, as well.“The University said itneeded a new ag pole,”Rodee said. “It was somethingwe could aord, and it wouldbe visible, so that’s how wechose the git.”
To contribute, go towww.kuendowment.org/ seniorclassgit.
Free ood and doorprizes
5:30 to 7:30 tonight
NOTE: Graduates rom the schools o Law and Medicine are not included in thetotals above.