KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
2013 Graduation Banquet
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm.
Kansas Memorial Union, Ballroom (5th Floor)
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas
(a reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Jayhawk Room)
Please join us to honor the 2012-13 graduates and celebrate their accomplishments!
Please RSVP by April 16 by doing one of the following:
- Complete this form and mail it with your check (payable to KU SPAA) to SPAA Graduation Banquet, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd, 4060 Wescoe Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045.
- email all guest names to Goldie Pappan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and pay in person at the SPAA main office (4060 Wescoe Hall) or at the banquet. Payments should be made via check or cash. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are not able to accept credit/debit card payments.
- Questions? Please contact Diana Koslowsky (email@example.com or 785-864-9092) or Goldie Pappan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-3527).
Graduation Banquet FAQs:
What is the banquet? Each spring, the School of Public Affairs & Administration hosts an annual graduation reception and banquet to recognize and celebrate all undergraduate, MPA and PhD students who have graduated or are graduating during the current academic year (summer, fall & spring semesters).
When and where is it held? The 2013 SPAA banquet will be held on Friday, April 19th in the ballroom of the Kansas Union. The event kicks off with a reception from 5:30 – 6:30pm. The banquet then starts around 6:30 and will last until about 9.
How much does it cost to attend the banquet? The banquet is complimentary for all graduates. The cost for each guest is $40, current SPAA students are $20 each, children ages 2-10 are $15 each and children under age 2 are free.
How many people will be there? Typically, a couple hundred people attend the banquet, including SPAA faculty and staff, graduating students, current students, and family and friends.
Can I invite guests to the banquet? Absolutely! Invite anyone with whom you would like to share this moment of celebration and recognition. There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. An invitation/RSVP form can be found on the School’s website: (www.kupublicadministration.org)
Can I pay with a credit/debit card? Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payments via credit/debit card. We are able to accept checks via the mail and checks/cash in person at the SPAA main office or the night of the banquet.
Where should I park? Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Kansas Union, which offers covered access to the Union building. There is a $1.50/hour fee for parking, which can be paid with a credit card. For more information see http://www.parking.ku.edu/visit.shtml . Other parking options are available on streets and in parking lots near the Kansas Union. Campus maps are available at http://www.parking.ku.edu/map.pdf.
Is the Union wheelchair-accessible? Yes.
How do people dress for the banquet? Typically, people dress up a bit. Men wear a suit or jacket and tie, and women wear a dress or business suit. Those who have uniforms – law enforcement, fire fighters, etc. – may choose to wear them.
How many students are in the SPAA academic programs? The majority of SPAA students are in the MPA program. In any given year, total SPAA enrollment includes about 75 undergraduates (the undergrad program is only available at the Edward’s Campus), 15 PhD students, and 150 MPA students from all three campuses. Only a portion of these students graduate in any given year, but, certainly, MPA is the largest program in the School and at the graduation banquet.
How is the ballroom arranged? A large stage is set up at the front of the room. It stands about 3 steps above the ballroom floor. The floor is full of round tables with 8 settings on each table. Groups may want to be there when the Ballroom opens at 6:00pm to claim their tables.
What happens at the banquet? The banquet begins with a brief welcome from the SPAA Director and a buffet dinner. Then, as with most banquets, there are a few recognitions and short speeches. Among the recognitions are notable graduates, alumni and SPAA partners. The School selects one outstanding graduate from each of our three programs – undergraduate, MPA intern option and MPA career option – to speak about the program and public service. These presentations are typically short, thought-provoking and sometimes fun.
Then each of the cohorts is recognized.
- Graduating undergraduate students – usually 15 or so – are called to the stage to be recognized individually. A favorite memory of each graduate (collected in advance of the banquet) is read aloud.
- Graduating PhD students -- usually 1-2 per year -- are called to the stage and presented by their major professor.
- Graduating MPA students – usually 40 or so – proceed to the stage in their regalia following intermission and are called to the stage individually to be hooded by SPAA faculty. A favorite memory of each graduate (collected in advance of the banquet) is read aloud.
What is the MPA hooding ceremony? During intermission, the faculty and graduating MPA students go to an adjacent meeting room to don their caps and gowns. Then they all parade back into the ballroom when the intermission is over. It’s a very colorful and dramatic entrance. Faculty goes up on the stage and lines up across the back edge. MPA graduates wait on the front side of the room.
Each student is then called by name. He or she steps up to the stage and
- shakes hands and is photographed with the School Director (Marilu Goodyear);
- is hooded by a faculty member; then
- walks across the stage, shaking hands with the rest of the assembled faculty (and yes, hugs are allowed).
Prior to the ceremony, each student is asked to write a few words about a memorable aspect of their MPA career. Those brief remarks are read aloud as the student makes his or her way across the stage. The favorite memory can be anything significant that comes to mind when you think of your MPA education experience, and should be a maximum of 60 words. Past graduates have mentioned particular classes, faculty members, humorous or memorable experiences, etc.
After all graduates have been introduced, they come back on stage where, typically, John Nalbandian leads the entire room in singing the alma mater and doing the Rock Chalk cheer.
The SPAA graduation banquet concludes after the MPA procession.
Do I need to have a cap and gown?
For undergraduates, graduation regalia consists of two pieces: a cap with a tassel and a gown. You will not need regalia to participate in the SPAA graduation banquet, but will need it to participate in the University’s Commencement ceremony.
For MPA graduates, graduation regalia consists of three pieces: a cap with tassel, a gown, and a master’s hood. You will need regalia to participate in the SPAA graduation banquet and any of the University graduation events. The hood is black with a crimson and blue interior (each school has its own colors) and white velvet lining (each academic specialty has its own colors as well).
For doctoral graduates, graduation regalia consists of three pieces: a cap with tassel, a gown, and a doctoral hood. You will not need regalia to participate in the SPAA graduation banquet, but will need it to participate in the University graduation events.
Where do I get regalia? All regalia can be purchased or rented from the Kansas Union Bookstore (http://www.kubookstore.com, click on the Graduation link).
The School also has some master’s regalia donated by former graduates that is available for you to borrow. Email Goldie Pappan at email@example.com if you're interested in this option. She will need to know your height and US hat size (http://www.johnhelmer.com/level.itml/icOid/54).
Will student’s guests be introduced? There just isn’t time to introduce guests individually during the ceremony, so we’ll applaud the audience as a whole for their support of the graduates. SPAA faculty and staff would love to meet your guests before or after the banquet.
Are small children welcome? Yes. They are certainly welcome if you feel their presence would enhance your enjoyment of the evening. You might position yourself near an exit in case they get bored or restless.
What about the University-wide hooding ceremony and walking down the hill? Many SPAA graduates enjoy participating university-wide KU graduation events.
MPA graduates may want to participate in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences master’s hooding ceremony that occurs at 10:30 AM on May 18 at the Lied Center. Typically, participating students ask one of their professors to “hood” them at that ceremony. For more information about the master’s hooding ceremony, contact Karen Ledom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-3513.
PhD graduates may want to participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony that occurs at 3:30 PM on May 18 at the Lied Center. For more information about the doctoral hooding ceremony, please visit the Graduate Studies website (www.graduate.ku.edu) or contact them at email@example.com or 785-864-8040.
All graduates are eligible to participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony that takes place at 10:30AM on May 19th at Memorial Stadium. Students assemble at the Campanile for the traditional walk down the hill into the stadium. Friends and family should either find a place on the hill or in the stadium when they can see and cheer their passing graduate. See http://www.commencement.ku.edu/ for more on commencement or contact the Office of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-7100.
For participating in the commencement ceremony, we offer a couple of suggestions:
- If the day is at all warm, dress lightly beneath your robe…that black synthetic fabric is hot!
- If you want to walk as a group, gather somewhere at the edge of the chaos -- say in front of Wescoe – then walk over to the campanile.
- Decide early whether you’re going to take a seat and enjoy the graduation ceremony, or just march down the hill, across the field, and out the north end of the stadium.
- Take your cellphone so you can find friends among the thousands of people who will gather on the hill.
- Have fun!
The University will send you more information on graduation events.
Any other questions? Please contact Diana Koslowsky (email@example.com or 785-864-9092) or Goldie Pappan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-3527).
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