Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility and Registration
Attendance at Commencement is not mandatory. All graduates are strongly encouraged to attend so that UK can recognize your achievement and your family and friends can share in your celebration.
All undergraduate and graduate degree candidates who received their degrees as of August 2013 or December 2013, are allowed to participate in the December 20, 2013 Commencement Ceremony. Some professional degree programs also participate in this ceremony and will receive information from their College.
Undergraduates: The last day for filing an application for a December 2013 undergraduate degree in your college dean's office is June 30, 2013. If you did not file your application for degree, please contact your academic advisor as soon as possible to file your paperwork. You may still participate in the Ceremony even if your paperwork was delayed.
Master's candidates need to complete the "Graduate Degree Application" in the MyUK portal (Click on Student Services / myRecords / Graduate Degree Application) by September 20, 2013. Students who fall into this category will have their name printed in the Commencement booklet. If you know you will not be able to finish by May, please notify Matt Patterson, firstname.lastname@example.org, so your name can be removed from the program.
Doctoral candidates need to complete the "Graduate Degree Application" in the MyUK portal (Click on Student Services / myRecords / Graduate Degree Application) AND a "Notification of Intent to Schedule a Final Exam" online form by September 20, 2013. December 5 is the final date to be able to defend and still earn a December 2013 degree.
If you are planning to attend the December Commencement Ceremony, please complete the online registration form at www.uky.edu/Commencement. This will allow us to have degree cards prepared for you.
No. The Application to Graduate form does not serve as your reservation for the Commencement Ceremony. To reserve your spot, you must register via the Commencement website or at the Grad Salute event at the King Alumni House October 1 & 2 from 10 am to 6 pm.
All students MUST check in with their college in the Joe Craft Center adjacent to Memorial Coliseum.
Graduate Student Check-In will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the afternoon of December 20th.
Check-In for the Undergraduate Ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. on December 20th.
The December Commencement Ceremonies are expected to run between 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the number of graduates who participate.
Yes. Each graduate taking part in Commencement will have their name read aloud as they walk across the stage. In addition, the student's walk across the stage will appear on the video screen with their name and major at the bottom of the screen.
In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony, graduates must be in academic apparel. During the reading of graduate names, we ask graduates and their guests to be considerate in their applause and celebration so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted. Cell phones and other electronic devices will need to be turned off during the ceremony so as not to disrupt the event. We also ask that if you decide to register for the Commencement ceremony, you remain in your seat for the entire event. We know that the ceremony is long, but please afford every other student the same respect and honor you deserve.
There is no rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony. Instructions for the processional will be given at the time of check-in.
Diplomas will be mailed to degree recipients approximately 90 days after graduation. In order to ensure delivery of your diploma, please make sure you have updated your permanent mailing address on the MyUK portal. If you do not receive the diploma after 90 days, please contact the Registrar's Office at 859-257-3161.
These terms are defined in Section 5.4.2 of the University Senate Rules. These terms are also explained in the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook, Part II in Section 5.4.2 (Commencement Honors) at www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/Code/part2.html. Please note that these honors apply to undergraduates only.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can still share this special moment by viewing the live stream at www.uky.edu/uknow. Live coverage will begin at 12:45 for the Graduate Ceremony, and at 5:45 pm for the evening Undergraduate Ceremony. The webcast will be archived on www.uky.edu/uknow and available for viewing there and on YouTube about a week after Commencement.
In the interest of safety and concern for everyone’s ability to view your Commencement activities, banners, signs and poster boards are prohibited in Memorial Coliseum during all Commencement activities.
Alcohol is prohibited at all public Commencement activities in Memorial Coliseum.
Caps and gowns can be ordered at the University Book Store in the Student Center or at the Grad Salute event held at the King Alumni House on October 1 & 2 from 10 am-6pm. While there are a variety of commencement-related services and products available at this event, you will only be required to purchase the cap and gown to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Before undergraduate degree candidates receive their degrees, the tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard; after conferral of the degree, the tassel is moved to the left side.
Yes, Master's and Doctoral degree candidates may correctly march in the processional with their tassels on the left, signifying their previous degree or degrees.
Seating for individuals needing special assistance or accommodations will be available at both the concourse level of the Coliseum (enter by Athletics Ticket Offic Entrance on Lexington Avenue) or at the Floor Level (enter through the Euclid Avenue doors).
For attendees in need of assistive devices such as wheelchairs and walkers, it is suggested that personal assistive devices are brought to the ceremony/recognitions from home or arrangements made with local leasing services.
Students requiring additional assistance should contact the commencement organizer John Herbst at email@example.com.
A sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired will be present during the ceremony.
There are multiple spots around Memorial Coliseum that are identified as handicapped. These spots can either be found in the parking lot across Lexington Avenue from the Coliseum or in the parking lot behind the Joe Craft Center behind the Coliseum. For a map of handicapped parking places, please click here. Because of winter driving conditions and construction projects in the area of Memorial Coliseum, we encourage visitors to allow for plenty of time for travel, parking, and getting to the Coliseum for Commencement activities. .
Yes. If a member of your party is unable to walk the distance from your parking spot to the Coliseum, you may drop them off before finding a parking spot. We encourage you to either use the Lexington Avenue entrance of Memorial Coliseum or pull into the parking lot behind the Coliseum to do so as not to disrupt traffic flow on Euclid Avenue. However, this lot will not have enough parking spaces to accommodate every parking need. We encourage most families to park at the garage on Limestone Street, which can be seen on this map.
UK parking will open the lots in the vicinity of Memorial Coliseum beginning at noon on December 20th. Click here for the map of these lots. Also, the parking facility on the corner of Limestone and Euclid will be available to University guests without charge. When you enter the garage, please go ahead and take a parking ticket. However, the parking gates will be raised at 6:00 p.m. and kept open until 10:00 p.m. so you will be able to exit the garage after the commencement ceremony without incurring any parking fees.
For the Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony at 1:30 p.m., the doors to Memorial Coliseum will open at 12:00 p.m. For the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 6:00 p.m., the doors to Memorial Coliseum will open at 4:30 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, please monitor the Commencement website, www.uky.edu/Commencement or the UK Commencement Twitter feed at #UKGrad. We encourage all Commencement visitors to allow for plenty of time for travel, parking, and getting to the Arena for Commencement activities.
A diagram of the seating arrangements for the graduating candidates can be found in the Commencement Program. The diagram shows where the graduates of each college will be seated. For your family to sit nearest to you, they should review the diagram and sit on the appropriate side of Memorial Coliseum. Copies of the Commencement Program will be available on Commencement Day as your family enters Memorial Coliseum.
Tickets are not needed for the December Commencement Ceremonies. There is adequate seating in Memorial for all guests.
The quickest way to get to your seats in Memorial Coliseum is either through the side entrances on the Lexington Avenue side and the Rose Street side or through the Joe Craft Center to the rear of the Coliseum.
Yes, Classic Photography, Inc. will be photographing each graduate as s/he crosses the stage at the ceremony. There is a no obligation to purchase any photographs. You will have the opportunity to order prints after you have seen your proofs.
You will receive your proofs via email and direct (U.S. Post Office) mail and via text message. You will be asked to provide your permanent mailing address and a .com e-mail address when you register for the ceremony. Additionally you will be asked to provide your cell phone number so proofs can be sent to your phone.
Proofs are normally emailed to graduates within a week of Commencement. Proofs are direct-mailed to the street address provided within two weeks of Commencement, if you do not place an order via the Internet.
You can email Classic Photography, Inc. directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll free at 866-882-2897.