The Ad Astra sculpture on the Capitol dome was dedicated on Monday, November 4, 2002.
The ceremony began with the blessing of the sculpture by Badger Wahwassuck of the Potawatomi Nation. Anna Bergen-Kamerer, granddaughter of the sculptor, followed with a narrative entitled "Ad Astra Per Aspera." Richard Bergen, the sculptor, presented the sculpture, and Governor Bill Graves gave a speech of acceptance. Luther Pepper of the Kaw Nation then gave greetings from the Kaw Nation. The ceremony's closing was provided by Brad Hamilton, Director of the Kansas Office of Native American Affairs.