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Amy Michelle Holman of Wichita earned a doctor of medicine degree.

Bryan Greve of the KU Alumni Association; Marynell Reece; Scott Jones; Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success; Mary Lou Reece; and Bill Reece, in front.

Carleen Roberts of Jamaica received her master's degree in social welfare.

Gaston Araoz, Marlesa Roney, vice provost for Student Success, an unidentified woman and Juan Araoz of La Paz, Bolivia who earned a bachelor's degree in economics.

Law school graduates Holly Hydeman of Lenexa and Derek Teeter of Oakley at the law school hooding ceremony.

Molly Tye of Baldwin City and her family pose for pictures outside of Twente Hall. Tye earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare.

Medical School banner carrier Travis Lee Engelbert and Thomas Pazdernik, Ph.D., Student Marshal

Norm Yetman, retiring professor of sociology, at right, speaks with David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor, before his last commencement as provost.

John Matthew Trombold of Overland Park is now a doctor of medicine.

Donna Shank, chair of Kansas Board of Regents, speaks at commencement.

David Wescoe, national chairman of the KU Alumni Association, speaks at commencement. Wescoe is the son of former Chancellor Clarke Wescoe.

Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center, speaks at commencement.

David Wescoe waves to graduates.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway gives the commencement address.

Bill Fuerst, dean of the School of Business, speaks at commencement. Business graduate Stefany Lynn Samp, of Lawrence, is at left.

David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway speaks to guests at the Outlook, the chancellor's residence.

Ann Weick, dean of social welfare, speaks at her last commencement as dean. She retires next month after 30 years at KU.

A 1955 graduate, Sir Robert Worcester of Kent, England, received KU's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Citation at commencement. The Kansas City native is a market research pioneer in England.

1975 graduate Philip Frickey, a distinguished professor at the University of California-Berkeley, received KU's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Citation at commencement.

Commencement 2006

The University of Kansas Class of 2006 made the traditional walk down Campanile Hill and into Memorial Stadium during KU's 134th commencement Sunday, May 21, in Lawrence. About 7,000 students are candidates for degrees in the class. The tradition of a commencement procession began in 1907 when faculty and graduates walked from old Fraser Hall to the then-new Robinson Gymnasium, where Wescoe Hall is now located. The commencement procession moved in 1924 when Memorial Stadium was completed.

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2006 Commencement Speech - Part 1

3:15 (6.9 MB)

Chancellor Hemenway reflects on the best of past KU graduation speeches.

2006 Commencement Speech - Part 2

2:46 (6 MB)

Chancellor Hemenway sings a Jayhawk version of Zora Neale Hurston's "Halimuhfack."

2006 Commencement Speech - Part 3

2:00 (4.4 MB)

Chancellor Hemenway's closing words to the Class of 2006.

2006 Commencement Speech

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Complete audio of Chancellor Hemenway's commencement speech.