To mark our sesquicentennial, we hand-crafted 50 bowls from the wood of the last original elm along Jayhawk Boulevard.



Jayhawks can wear their tradition proudly with commemorative sesquicentennial buttons pinned on a sweater, hat, or backpack.



Celebrate the sesquicentennial with a refreshing, cold Coca-Cola — in keepsake KU150 Coke bottles available across campus.


KANSAS Performs at the Lied Center

No party is complete without music. For the university’s 150th birthday, the Lied Center hosted KANSAS, one of the greatest rock bands of all time.


Traditions Night

Students learned to clap, joined the chorus, and watched Chancellor Gray-Little take the wheel of a turbo-charged race car during the historic KU150 tradition night.


Chalmers Dedication

In recognition of an important figure in the university’s history, the Art & Design Building was named for E. Laurence Chalmers, KU’s 11th chancellor.


Opening Convocation

At the opening Convocation, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other speakers charted the course for a new academic year by reflecting on the tradition and mission that defines the university.



KU students stay powered up with KU150 wireless phone chargers, given out at this year’s Convocation.


Jayhawk Boulevard Dedication

We’re paving the way to tomorrow by restoring and revitalizing Jayhawk Boulevard with boosted infrastructure, new sidewalks, LED lighting, and over 200 new trees.

Jayhawk Boulevard Press Release



Cupcakes. 1,500 of them. Prepared in celebration of the Jayhawk Boulevard dedication and KU150.  (We ate a few.)


Self and Osgood Residence Hall Dedication

In August, the University of Kansas dedicated two new residence halls — named after Al and Lila Self and Charles Oswald, the most generous benefactors in KU’s history.


Band Day Parade

The Marching Jayhawks performed the fight song and created a KU150 formation during 2015 Band Day.


Band Day Sticker

Band Day Sticker

Attention collectors of KU Band Day stickers: the KU150 edition.


Family Weekend Tailgate

Jayhawks celebrated Family Weekend in true tailgate tradition before the KU–University of Memphis football game.


Car Decal

Car Decal

Take the tradition with you, with this classic KU150 car decal.




Mark your place in history with a KU sesquicentennial bookmark.


New Band Uniforms

New Band Uniforms

Crimson and blue has never looked brighter than with the addition of new Marching Jayhawk band uniforms.


Leep II Building Dedication

Leep II Building Dedication

With the dedication of the Learned Engineering Expansion Phase 2 (LEEP 2) building, a state-of-the-art engineering facility, KU continues its long tradition of prioritizing science and technology fields.


The Story of the University of Kansas

"The Story of the University of Kansas"

“KU 150: The Story of the University of Kansas,” a coffee table book written by Kansas City Star editor Monroe Dodd, uses historic photos and engaging narrative to illustrate the university’s 150-year history.


Transforming the University of Kansas: A History 1965-2015

"Transforming the University of Kansas: A History 1965-2015"

In “Transforming the University of Kansas: A History, 1965-2015,” KU scholars chronicle the challenges, accomplishments, and progress of the state’s flagship university.


Transforming the University of Kansas: A History 1965-2015


“First Day” is a limited edition broadside inspired by alumna Susan Savage’s recollections of KU’s early days. Noted illustrator Barry Moser and Patrick Dooley and Linda Samson Talleur of the KU Design Department collaborated on the design.


KBOR Plaque

In spring 2015, Chancellor Gray-Little presented to the Kansas Board of Regents a woodcut commemorative KU150 plaque, created by KU artists Garrett Brown and Hayley Crouch at the Visual Art Studio Technology lab.


KU 150 Pin

KU 150 Pin

The KU 150th anniversary lapel pin. We promise it will suit you.


Jayhawk Boulevard Banners

Glorious to view. That’s how we describe Jayhawk Boulevard, now lined with stately KU150 banners.


Commemorative Diploma

Commemorative Diploma

Sesquicentennial graduates will receive a commemorative diploma that includes the signatures of 17 KU chancellors.

Diploma ordering information


Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas

Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas

The first diploma ever awarded by KU. Chancellor Fraser’s Civil War-era uniform. Pictures of 1880s greek life. They’re all included in Spencer Research Library’s exhibit Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas, on display from Sept. 17, 2015 through Dec. 22, 2015.


Paper Sleeves

Paper Sleeves

Protect your KUID with a complimentary KU150 card sleeve, available at the KU Card Center.


Envelopes and Letter

Need to drop a line? First pick up the sesquicentennial stationary, which includes KU150 letterhead, envelopes, and business cards. Now available for online order.


Jayhawks on Parade

To celebrate the University’s sesquicentennial—and the 70-year anniversary of Hal Sandy’s smiling Jayhawk—the Alumni Association reprised the popular 2003 Jayhawks on Parade and commissioned three Lawrence artists to create a new flock of ‘Hawks. Watch the videos below to get a sneak peek into each artist’s design.

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