Venue and Parking


The Hooding Ceremony is held in the Lied Center of Kansas, located at 1600 Stewart Drive on the West Campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Parking and Map

The Lied Center is the venue for a number of commencement events on May 13, 2023. We encourage you to allocate extra time before the ceremony to find a parking spot and take pictures. The Lied Center will be closing immediately following the ceremony, as the doctoral hooding will be the final event for the evening.

Driving directions and a parking map are available on the Lied Center website.

About the Lied Center of Kansas

The Lied Center opened on Sept. 28, 1993. Built through the generosity of the Lied Foundation Trust and the Lawrence community, it is dedicated to Ernst F. Lied’s parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied. Ernst F. Lied, a Las Vegas real estate developer, attended the University of Kansas from 1923 to 1925.

The Lied Center's inaugural performance of "The Secret Garden" set the stage for the important role the Lied Center now plays for KU, Lawrence and the people of Kansas. Today, the Lied Center is the home of two outstanding performance spaces: the main auditorium, with a capacity just under 2,000, and the Pavilion, a flexible space with seating for 200.