May Commencement 2018

Location: Rupp Arena

Friday, May 4th:

  • 10:00 A.M. - College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, College of Communication & Information, College of Public Health, the Martin School of Public Policy & Administration, the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce
  • 2:00 P.M. - Gatton College of Business & Economics, College of Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy

Sunday, May 6th:

  • 10:00 A.M. - College of Arts & Sciences, College of Social Work, College of Design
  • 2:00 P.M. - College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Medicine


* All students, no matter their degree, will walk with their specific college. For example: all baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students within the College of Arts & Sciences will walk during the A&S ceremony.


Please note:

  • Any student whose name is on the approved degree list who has a conflict between a final exam and the Commencement ceremony may reschedule their final examination for another time agreed to by the Instructor during the final examination period. The notice to reschedule must be given to the class instructor no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled examination.


Register for Commencement

Registration for the May 2018 Commecement Ceremonies is now closed. Late registration will be available the day of Commencement.


The Harambee Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Bluegrass Ballroom located at the Lexington Center.

The UK Alumni Association will be hosting a Commencement Open House on Friday, May 4th and Sunday, May 6th from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. The Commencement Open House will be held in Thoroughbred Rooms 5-7 located in the Lexington Convention Center.

The Hilary J. Boone Center is hosting a Commencement Luncheon for graduates and their families. More information can be found on our Reception page.

Individual college reception information can be found on our Reception page.


If you have a question about Commencement, please visit our FAQs page.

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