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Undergraduate Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Save the date — 2018 Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony — Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm in Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall

The information below is from the 2017 event; details for 2018 will be posted in early 2018.


Arrival time – Check–in

Try to arrive around 1:10 pm.  You will check in by the entrance to the Crafton-Preyer Theatre and pick up a card with your name (phonetic spelling, if appropriate), your major(s) and minor(s), and any plans you’d included on your RSVP form.  Be sure to keep that card, since you will hand it to the person reading names during the ceremony, before you walk across the stage and shake hands with some biology faculty.

Seating for graduates

You will sit in the middle section of the first level of the theater (http://kutheatre.com/crafton-preyer-theatre).  Your guests are free to sit anywhere else in the theater that is not otherwise reserved.

What should you wear?

No caps and gowns; the attire is business casual.  

How long does the ceremony last?  What is the schedule of events?

The ceremony typically lasts one hour.  We will have opening remarks, recognition of the “Favorite Professor,” cording of biology departmental honors candidates, recognition of graduates, and closing remarks.

You will have your portrait taken by KU’s official Commencement photographers, GradImages, before your name, degree(s), and post-graduation plans are read and you walk across the stage, shaking hands with biology faculty.


Tickets are not required, but to ensure that all guests can be seated comfortably, we ask that you try to limit your guests to 4-6.  


Parking (http://parking.ku.edu/) is complimentary on Commencement weekend.  There are surface parking lots across from the theater (see http://kutheatre.com/contact for campus map showing Murphy Hall), and Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage is close to the theater.  Several accessible parking spots are located directly in front of the theater.


If you or someone in your party were in need of an accommodation due to a disability, we had asked that you submit your request on or before May 1 to Dr. Jen Weghorst, Asst. Director (weghorst@ku.edu; Phone: 785-864-5883, TTY: 711).  However, late accommodations still might be able to be arranged.  Murphy Hall and Crafton-Preyer Theatre are accessible.  Ushers will be present upon check-in to assist guests with disabilities to find seating.

Graduation event-specific and university-wide information is available at http://commencement.ku.edu/

If you have any questions that aren’t covered in this message, please email me (weghorst@ku.edu).

We look forward to seeing you Saturday afternoon!

Jen Weghorst on behalf of Undergraduate Biology

Seniors ~ Please complete the RSVP form posted online at https://kuub.ku.edu/rsvp-ubp-graduation-recognition-ceremony and return it as soon as possible but no later than Monday, May 1.  RSVP DEADLINE to be included in the program: Monday, May 1st.

Dear Senior,

We cordially invite you and your family to attend our Undergraduate Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony for graduating biology majors.  This ceremony will honor students planning to graduate in spring, summer, or fall 2017, as well as those who graduated in fall 2016.

This year, the Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall.  

To help us plan and to be included in the printed program, please complete the RSVP form posted online at https://kuub.ku.edu/rsvp-ubp-graduation-recognition-ceremony and submit it as soon as possible but no later than Monday, May 1.  If you miss the May 1 deadline, you may certainly participate in the ceremony; however, it may not be possible to list your name in the program.  A review copy of the program will be available in 2045 and 1004 Haworth (BTRC) on May 10 for you to check that your entry is correct.

The Biology faculty and staff enjoy the opportunity to congratulate you personally on your accomplishments and let your family know how much we have appreciated having you as part of KU Biology.  During the ceremony, we will recognize each graduate individually; your name and the degree(s) you have earned will be announced as biology faculty leaders congratulate you.

Tickets are not needed; however, we encourage you to limit your guests to 4-6 so that everyone will be able to enjoy the event comfortably.  The building and theater are accessible, and details for accommodation requests are in the RSVP form linked above.  A card with your name as you would like it to be announced during the ceremony will be available inside Murphy Hall at the check-in station prior to the ceremony.  We ask that you check in at 1 p.m.  The attire is business casual.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jen Weghorst, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Biology,  if you have any questions or if you need more information (phone: 785-864-5883; email: weghorst@ku.edu).  Additional details regarding the ceremony will be posted on our website (www.kuub.ku.edu).  We hope to see you and your family at this event and look forward to sharing this exciting time with you.

Best wishes,

Susan Egan
Professor and Chair
Molecular Biosciences
Chris Haufler
Professor and Chair
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Greg Burg
Undergraduate Biology


Degrees offered through KU Biology:

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

Graduation Paperwork

Students must apply to graduate on-line by signing into the Enroll & Pay system, click on Student Center, choose Apply For Graduation from the drop-down menu list that starts as other academic... under the Academics section or click on Graduation in the upper left hand corner menu and choose KU Apply for Graduation. For further information, see the Student Academic Services graduation page.

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

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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 visit our Student Resources page.

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