ELA Graduation

The KU Public Management Center and
the participants of the Emerging Leaders Academy
cordially invite you to attend the
Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.
The Oread, Griffith Ballroom
1200 Oread Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66044
Refreshments follow the ceremony

Click the invitation to register, or go to the menu option on the left side of this page. 


Graduation will be held at 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in the Griffith Ballroom at The Oread. The address is 1200 Oread Avenue, Lawrence, KS.


The Oread offers valet parking for $5/car for guests attending an event – just mention that you’re there for the Emerging Leaders Academy Class and Graduation. Please remember to tip the drivers in addition to paying the $5 parking fee. The hotel front desk can take payment for the fee and give you a receipt, including what you tipped the drivers. (It is customary to tip a couple of dollars.)

The Oread is limited to 200 parking spaces and cannot guarantee that everyone will receive a space in the valet parking garage. Should the garage become full, there is additional parking at The Union Parking Garage—also called the Mississippi St. Garage—a half a block south of The Oread, next to the KU Union. There is a new ParkMobile App that it used to park here. Please visit the KU Visitor Parking webpage for more details. Important Note: DO NOT park in the lots adjacent to The Oread (apartment complexes) as you will be towed.


Class: The ELA class will meet as usual starting at 8:30 a.m. at The Oread in Gathering Room 1. After lunch we’ll reconvene until about 2:15 p.m. and then break for a group photo.

Class photo: 2:15 p.m. Graduates, please be in the Griffith Ballroom for this photo.

Griffith Ballroom: Graduates will be seated in alphabetical order. The flow for certificate reception will be explained.

Ceremony: This lasts about an hour. It starts with a few speeches and recognitions, and then we award the graduates with their certificates.

Reception: light desserts will be served after the ceremony.


We will have a photographer during the event, so please be courteous of their time and space. Family and friends are welcome to take photos as well, after the photographer has taken a photo of each graduate. Please contact us if you’d like to share your photos through our Facebook page.


Graduates typically dress up a bit. Business casual is an appropriate style. Those who have uniforms – law enforcement, firefighters, etc. – often wear them.


We estimate that there will be around 150, including the 50 ELA graduates, their guests, the PMC staff, and other guests.

You are encouraged to invite anyone with whom you would like to share this celebration and/or who you want to know about your participation in the program. This can include friends, family, children, coworkers and those in your organization – especially supervisors – who supported your participation in ELA.


The Oread Hotel and Griffith Ballroom are wheelchair and mobility accessible.

If you need other accommodations, please contact Ruth DeWitt at rdewitt@ku.edu a couple of days prior to graduation.
QUESTIONS Please contact Ruth DeWitt (rdewitt@ku.edu) 785-864-2554

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