Military and Veteran Honor Cords


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and guidance from the CDC, our Spring Awards & Honor Cord ceremony has been cancelled. Instead, we will mail honor cords.

Please fill out the honor cord request form at the bottom of this page by 5 p.m., May 13, to receive your cord in time for the May 17 Class of 2020 virtual commemoration

Share photos of you wearing/displaying your cord on social media and use the hashtag #KUvetgrad2020

More information on the graduate commemoration: 2020grads.ku.edu

More information on a future commencement: commencement.ku.edu


KU recognizes student veterans, military students and ROTC students who have met certain academic thresholds with Military and Veteran Honor Cords to wear at graduation.

These red, white and blue cords are a special recognition for those who have made an unwavering commitment to both their nation and their academic studies.

This is a voluntary program. Students attending graduation must apply for a free cord prior to graduation.

Red, white and blue honor cord

Who's eligible

1. You must have applied for and been approved for graduation and be:

  • An honorably discharged student veteran, or
  • Currently serving military student (Active, Guard, Reserves), or
  • ROTC cadet who will be commissioning upon graduation

2. Undergraduate students must also have an anticipated cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. You can use the GPA calculator to determine if your anticipated final semester grades positively affect your eligibility.
    Graduate students – GPA verfication is not needed.

What we need to verify status 

  • If you're a VA education benefits user, we can verify your eligibility with your student ID number
  • DD-214 if prior service
  • Most recent LES or valid military ID card if currently serving. Expired IDs and veteran ID cards cannot be used.

Where/when to pick up cords

  • December graduates primary pickup: Military-Affiliated Awards & Honor Cord Ceremony. This event is free and open to all military-affiliated students, alumni, staff, faculty and their guests.
    • December 2020 TBD (social begins at 4:30, ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m.), Adams Alumni Center. More details/RSVP info available in the Fall.
  • May graduates primary pickup: Annual Awards & Honor Cord Ceremony. This event is free and open to all military-affiliated students, alumni, staff, faculty and their guests.
    • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and guidance from the CDC, our Spring Awards & Honor Cord ceremony has been cancelled. Please complete the web form below to recieve a cord via mail.

Questions? Call 785-864-2458; or email veterans@ku.edu

 


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Staff are available to assist you virtually via email, phone or video chat. In-person assistance is limited and requires an appointment.

Please fill out our contact form so we can better assist you.

Please visit coronavirus.ku.edu for the most up-to-date University of Kansas information.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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