Ceremony Information

The University of Kentucky Commencement Ceremonies will be held at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington. All guests must enter through the main entrance of Rupp Arena. Each Commencement Ceremony will last approximately two hours. All students, no matter their degree, will walk and be seated with their specific college.  Each student's name will be read aloud as they walk across stage. 

Commencement dates can be found by selecting the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 links above. 

To view the entrances & parking map, click this link.



Guests of degree candidates do not need tickets to attend the ceremony. There is open seating in Rupp Arena on a first come, first served basis. All guests should be seated before the indicated ceremony start time.



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. The webcast will be archived on www.uky.edu/uknow and available for viewing there and on YouTube about a week after Commencement.


Commencement Program

Each student will receive a commemorative Commencement Program on their seat at Commencement. Family and guests of graduates may request up to three (3) additional programs per graduate. Programs will be distributed on the upper concourse of Rupp Arena prior to the start of Commencement exercises. 

Names printed in the Commencement Program for May will include students awarded a degree in December and August and who have applied for a May degree. Names printed in the Commencement Program for December will include the degrees awarded to students in August and those students who have applied for graduation in December. The inclusion of a name in the program does not guarantee nor serve to validate that a student will graduate. This is not confirmed until degree checkout has been complete by each college. See information above regarding degrees and diplomas. The University does not print the names of students who have a Privacy Flag on their account. See Privacy Flag information below.



Grad Images will be photographing each graduate as they walk across stage at the Ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase photographs. You will have the opportunity to order prints after Grad Images sends an email for proofs. Proofs are typically emailed to graduates within a week of Commencement. If you have questions about your Commencement photos, please visit Grad Images


Graduation Honors

Students who have received graduation honors or who are eligible to receive graduation honors will be listed in the Commencement Program. The current cumulative GPA is used to determine the student's eligibility. However, the final decision will be based on the final cumulative GPA after all grades have been recorded. 

The following criteria is used to determine an undergraduate student's eligibility to receive graduation honors. If you have questions, please speak with your advisor. 

  • Students who attain a grade point average of 3.8 or higher for at least three years of work (90 hours) at the University of Kentucky (excepting correspondence study) shall be graduated "Summa Cum Laude"

  • Students who attain a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.799 for at least three years of work (90 hours) at the University of Kentucky (excepting correspondence study) shall be graduated "Magna Cum Laude"

  • Students who attain a grade point average of 3.4 to 3.599 for at least three years of work (90 hours) at the University of Kentucky (excepting correspondence study) shall be graduated "Cum Laude"

  • Students with a minimum of two but less than three years of work (60-89 hours) at the University shall receive the appropriate commencement honors if they attain a grade point average of 0.2 greater than the above. 

The Graduate School does not award graduation honors. Some professional programs do award honors; speak with your dean's office regarding the criteria used to determine eligibility. ​



Commencement is a ceremonious occasion honoring important educational accomplishments. Decorum and courtesy are important to you and your family, as well as your fellow degree candidates and their families.

Once seated, all participants are expected to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony, which is marked by the candidate recessional. Adherence to the University’s alcohol policy is expected. Improper attire, signs, and insignia will be monitored and may be removed. Cell phones and other electronic equipment should be silenced. All candidates should plan to meet their guests in the lobby or outside Rupp Arena following the ceremony. Guests are not allowed on the arena floor or stage. In the interest of safety and concern for everyone's ability to view your Commencement activities, banners, signs and poster boards are prohibited in Rupp Arena during all Commencement activities.


Privacy Flag Information

The University does not include the names of students who have a privacy flag in any information being released regarding graduation, including the Commencement Program. If you have a privacy flag and wish to participate and/or your name listed in the Commencement Program, you may complete the Release of Privacy Flag Form. This form must be turned in to the Registrar's Office at least 6 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony. For more information about FERPA & Privacy click here.