Military and Veteran Honor Cords

KU recognizes student veterans and military students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher with Military and Veteran Honor Cords to wear at graduation.

These red, white and blue cords are a special recognition to show KU's gratitude and respect for the men and women who have made an unwavering commitment to both their nation and their academic studies.

This is a voluntary program. Students attending graduation must apply and pick up a free cord prior to graduation.


Sign up to receive notification on cord distribution datesRed, white and blue honor cord

If you are an eligible student planning on graduating this spring, be sure to subscribe to military-affiliated student email listserv so we can keep you informed.

Who's eligible

If you have applied for graduation, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and are:

  • Honorably discharged student veteran, or
  • Currently serving military student (Active, Guard, Reserves), or
  • ROTC cadet

What we need to verify status 

  • DD-214 (veterans) or valid military ID card (Active/Guard/Reserve). Expired/veteran ID cards cannot be used.

Where/when to pick up cords

  • December graduates: Beginning Dec. 4. See "Alternate pickups" for the location based on your campus.
  • May graduates primary pickup: Annual Military-Affiliated Community Year-End/Graduation Reception and Honor Cord Ceremony. This event is free and open to all military-affiliated students, alumni, staff, faculty and their guests.
    • April 24, 2019, 4:30-6 p.m., Adams Alumni Center. More details/RSVP info coming soon.
  • Alternate pickups:
    • After May 1, Lawrence undergraduate/graduate students: Military-Affiliated Student Center, 345 Summerfield Hall (1300 Sunnyside Lane), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • ROTC cadets: You will receive from your respective units.
    • After May 1, Lawrence graduate students: Graduate Military Programs, 222 Strong Hall, Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • After May 1, KU-Edwards students: Office of Student Services, Regents Center, Room 210F. Questions? Contact Lisa Browning at 913-897-8615.
    • After May 1, KU Medical Center students: Dykes Library, Registrar's Office, Room G035. Contact John at 913-588-7055
    • Online students participating in commencement: nearest KU location. If picking up outside of Lawrence, please call 785-864-2458 or email by Nov. 30 (December graduates) or April 25 (May graduates) so we can make sure there's a cord for you.


  • Stop by the Military-Affiliated Student Center, 345 Summerfield Hall; call 864-2458; or email

 PT graduate walking out smiling, wearing honor cord  School of Nursing graduate wearing honor cord, sitting and smiling at camera






           School of Nursing graduate wearing honor cord, standing in front of building

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