Walking to A New Tune

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in News

img_events_commencement_2013_hillEach May Jayhawks pass through the Campanile, leaving their student status behind and proudly striding down the Hill toward their future as KU alumni.

In honor of the University’s sesquicentennial, we at the KU Alumni Association took it upon ourselves to make the honorable procession down the Hill even more special by introducing yet another tradition.

During our months of brainstorming to create a new Jayhawk tradition, a couple of our favorite possibilities included:

•  Instead of students walking through the Campanile, we would allow students to walk up the Campanile and ring the bell towers, one by one.
•  At the graduation fair, while grabbing caps and gowns, students would also have the option to rent a drone from the Alumni Association. The drones would follow each graduate from Memorial Drive, through the Campanile, down the Hill and into Memorial Stadium. Each drone would have a unique live broadcast on the Alumni Association website. This way, family and friends both near and far could watch their student progress down the Hill. Plus, no need for flimsy balloons in order to be recognized!

Then the perfect idea hit us like a ton of limestone. We’ve all heard the beautiful sounds of the Campanile carillon bells ringing across campus; why not spread another sentimental sound over the Hill during Commencement?

We called for submissions from all Jayhawks: what song would you like to hear over the Campanile bells? We received input from Jayhawks across the world: “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper, “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus and the ever-popular “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann. We were even surprised when a Missouri grad requested “Photograph” by Nickelback.

After much deliberation, we are excited to announce that KU alumni, parents, families and friends will pay heed to the charming tunes of “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C.

After all, what could elevate a moment more than a trendy, one-hit-wonder, ’90s pop song?


We hope you enjoyed our playful prank for April Fool’s Day. This post is pure fiction, so don’t be fooled! Check out all of our April Fool’s Day posts at http://www.kualumni.org/tag/april-fools/.

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