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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Spring 2020 APDesign Commencement Postponed to
November 23 , 11:30AM
K-State Union Forum Hall (Tenativly)

Dear Student and Families:

Please take a look at the information below regarding commencement for the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

Commencement is traditionally held in McCain Auditorium however due to the situation in our community and country it has been moved to the K-State Union, Forum Hall, November 23, 11:30AM

Students need to be in the Regnier Atrium no later than 9:00 a.m. fully dressed and ready to go. During the hour before commencement the photographer will take your headshot and we will get everyone lined up correctly. Again, we will assemble in the Regnier Hall Atrium

Graduate School commencement is on November 23 at 5 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. Students may choose to walk in either or both ceremonies. If you intend to participate in the Graduate School Commencement please let your major professor and department head know well in advance.

Seating & Elevators

The Union Foum Hall has a limited number of accessible seats in the lower level section. If anyone in your party needs accessible seating, please contact Thom Jackson at tjackson@k-state.edu and he will help you.  Please note that there is NO will call, so you need to get your tickets to your relatives/friends prior to the ceremony.


Graduation Regalia

If you have any questions about purchasing or renting regalia, please contact the K-State Campus Store at 785-532-6583 or email Rhonda Darrow at 1336mgr@follett.com.

  • Master’s candidates participating in commencement exercises must wear a master’s cap, gown, hood and tassel. Master’s regalia differs from bachelor’s regalia and can be purchased online through the K-State Campus Store.

  • Doctoral candidates and graduate faculty participating in commencement exercises can rent regalia through the K-State Campus Store. Please call or visit the campus store to place your order.

Wearing of Graduation Regalia

Traditionally, graduation regalia is not ornamented. Wearing of corsages, boutonnieres or any other ornamentation is not appropriate to academic protocol.

Tassel should be placed on left side of mortar board.

Mortar board should be worn squarely on top of the head, board parallel to the floor; not cocked to the sides, forward or back. Men should remove mortar boards during the national anthem and during hooding.

  • Master’s candidates: Wear hoods during ceremony. Marshals will be available to assist you with the proper manner to wear a hood.

  • Doctoral and terminal degree candidates: You will carry the hood during the procession and give it to your hooding professor(s) prior to hooding.

Assembly Order

Students should plan to arrive and be in the Regnier Atrium by 10a.m..  We will process over to the Union Forum Hall and will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

  • Master’s candidates: You will receive a  name card, which you will present to the commencement reader at the stage.

  • Doctoral candidates: You will receive a  name card, which you will present to the commencement reader at the stage.

Faculty should plan to arrive at Union Forum Hall no later than 11:00 a.m. there is reserved seating for all faculty in the front two rows of the Forum

Personal Items

There will be no checking area for personal items and items cannot be carried onto the stage during the procession. Please leave all personal items (purse, camera, clothes, etc.) at home, in your car or with friends or family.


Professional photographers will take a head shot photo beginning at 8am in the Regnier Atrium, they will later take a photo of the presentation of your diploma cover as a service to you and your family. This optional souvenir photo is available for purchase with no obligation on your part. Digital proofs will be emailed to the address entered during the online commencement registration. Hard copy proofs will be mailed five to seven days after the ceremony. For more information, please contact:

Phone: 800.261.2576

To view and order photographs, please visit the following website:

General Information for Guests

The ceremonies in the Union are open to the public and do not require a ticket for Lobby doors at the Union Forum Hall  open at 9am. We ask that all guests be seated no later than 9:45 a.m.. to assure a smooth start of the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.


Parking is available in the K-State parking garage.


Arrangements for sign language interpreters should be made through Student Access Center by calling 785-532-6441 or emailing accesscenter@ksu.edu.