KU Traditions: The Walk Down The Hill

KU Traditions: The Walk Down The Hill


Each spring, thousands of students participate in KU's unique Commencement tradition, known as "walking down the Hill." The tradition of a Commencement procession started at KU in 1907 when faculty and graduates walked from old Fraser Hall to then-new Robinson Gymnasium (where Wescoe Hall now is located). Today, the procession begins on Memorial Drive. Graduates cross through the World War II Memorial Campanile and march down the steep hill that leads to Memorial Stadium, where the ceremony takes place. Watching the 4,000-plus cap and gown-clad graduates making their way into the stadium is truly amazing. Some are teary, some are joyous. All are proud.

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