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KU deans walk into convocation to Darth Vader’s ‘Imperial March’ from ‘Star Wars’

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other KU leaders welcomed students to a new academic school year at convocation on Sunday.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other KU leaders welcomed students to a new academic school year at convocation on Sunday. Twitter

In a galaxy far, far, away — Lawrence, Kansas — the new academic school year got off to a cheeky start Sunday night.

KU held its annual convocation to welcome the Class of 2020 to the new year.

As the deans of the colleges marched toward the stage in the Lied Center, dressed in somber-colored academic regalia, an orchestra played Darth Vader’s theme — the “Imperial March” — from “Star Wars.”

A wave of laughter cut through the crowd like a light saber.

The song was a special request from a higher power.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported that in introducing KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, a school official accidentally referred to her as “Chancellor of the United States.”

At the beginning of her speech, Gray-Little told the audience that the “Imperial March” had been played the night before at Traditions Night festivities and she had just casually mentioned to someone that it would be nice to march into convocation to it, according to the newspaper.

“We have to, because when you’re Chancellor of the United States of America ...” she joked.

The Force is strong with this one.

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