The following requirements MUST be completed to participate in the 128th commencement:

  1. Exit clearance survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ KSUgradspr2017
  2. All outstanding balances must be paid in full – Bursar Office
  3. Federal Student Loan Exit Counseling – Financial-Aid Office
  4. Satisfactorily completing all college, major, departmental, and academic requirements

Note: If you receive any incomplete grades, you will not be eligible for graduation and you cannot participate in any commencement activities. All requirements MUST be satisfied before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 For more information contact: Office of the Registrar Academic Services Building Room 323 (502) 597-6234 Registrar@kysu.edu

Pre-Graduation

Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. Seating begins at 9:30 a.m.; rehearsal begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Graduation Day Timeframe

  • 7:45 a.m.—Graduates arrive at the Convention Center
  • 8:00 a.m.—Line up for Commencement
  • 8:45 a.m.—Doors to the Convention Center will close
  • 9:00 a.m.—Processional and Commencement begins
  • 9:15 a.m.—Doors to the Convention Center will reopen.

Kentucky State University Commencement Decorum

Graduation Participants: Students who have completed their degree requirements and have cleared student accounts are allowed in the graduates’ area.

  • Attire: All participants are required to wear University approved cap, gown, and hood (if appropriate)
  • (No Jeans will be allowed)
  • Ladies: Black dress, black shoes, modest jewelry
  • Gentlemen: Black slacks, dress shirt, dark tie, black shoes
  • Behavior: Commencement behavior will exhibit dignity and respect. Shouting and interrupting announcements and students as they are saluted is prohibited. Please inform family members and friends.
  • Security and EMS: Security and medical personnel will be present to assist as needed.
  • Seating Area: No children, toys, balloons or flowers will be allowed in the procession or graduates’ seating area.
  • Personal Belongings: There is no holding room for personal belongings. You will be responsible for personal belongings such as purses, phones, cameras, etc.

Commencement Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality.

Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum; which includes the viral video “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College who earned a Master of Divinity form Yale Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of “The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World.” The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015.

Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics.

With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences, and churches across the globe. He is highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music. The work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure.

His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz: ?And Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise, with his father.

His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. Those works include: Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, and The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama. His work has also been featured on HuffingtonPost, Urban Cusp, and The Root.

Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the board of The Christian Century Magazine, and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.

He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate. They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.