Military and Veteran Honor Cords
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 once they have been approved for graduation. A form will be added to the bottom of this page when we are ready to accept applications.
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 student who will be commissioning upon graduation
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 verification 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 - please include in the form below
DD-214 if prior service. We recommend blacking out your SSN for privacy purposes
Most recent LES or valid military ID card if currently serving. Expired IDs and veteran ID cards cannot be used. If you wish to show an ID, for security purposes please show your ID when picking up your cord or we will set up a quick video appointment vs. you scanning/emailing.
Where/when to pick up cords
All students will sign up for their cord using the survey below. The survey will become active each semester when the window to apply opens.
December graduates primary pickup: Fall Honor Cord Ceremony. This event is free and open to all military-affiliated students, alumni, staff, faculty and their guests.
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.
- ROTC graduates: You will get your cords from your department. You are still welcome to participate in the honor cord ceremonies.
- Online graduates: We can mail your cord to you if you are unable to pick up locally.
- Edwards Campus graduates: You will get your cords from Lisa Browning.
- Leavenworth site graduates: You will get your cords from Beth Tucker.