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 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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 have your name listed in the Commencement Program, you may complete the Release of Privacy Flag for Commencement form. This form must be received in our office at least 6 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.