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Will the ceremony be rescheduled?

Yes! There will be a Commencement ceremony to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our Spring 2020 graduating class; however, we will reschedule it for a time when we are able to do so in a healthy and safe environment. We will communicate as soon as possible about next steps to ensure that everyone involved can make travel plans. 


Will I be receiving a refund for regalia I already purchased? 

Traditional souvenir regalia may be returned if it is unworn and unopened in the original package with a receipt. Traditional souvenir regalia includes bachelors, masters and souvenir doctoral regalia. Custom fine quality regalia is non-returnable.

  • Regalia purchased at the bookstore or at Grad Salute may be returned to the UK Bookstore once it re-opens.
  • Regalia purchased online may be returned to Oak Hall via mail: Oak Hall Cap & Gown | 3812 Blue Ridge Drive | Roanoke, VA 24018.

Online regalia orders that were placed for bookstore delivery have been canceled and students should expect to receive a refund within 7-10 business days. Students affected should re-place their order online and select the ship to home option.  


What do I do if I have already registered for Commencement?

Registration is currently closed for students at this time. Once a new date has been determined, students will be notified and sent information regarding registration for the new Commencement Ceremonies. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.   


Is it still possible to purchase regalia?

Yes! Souvenir bachelor, master and doctoral regalia sets are available to purchase online through Oak Hall. Orders placed online will be shipped to the address given upon check out. Custom fine quality doctoral regalia is also available for purchase. The deadline for souvenir and custom regalia orders has been extended indefinitely, and will be revised when a new date for Commencement has been announced. Rental doctoral regalia will not be available to order online until a new Commencement date is announced. Updated regalia information will be posted here as it becomes available. 


What about honor cords and stoles? 

Honor cords and stoles are currently available for purchase online.  


Will there still be student Commencement speakers?

Yes! The deadline for application submissions has been extended indefinitely, and will be revised when a new date for Commencement has been announced. Applications, including those already submitted, will be collected and reviewed according to the new timeline, which will be determined soon. Once a new timeline has been determined it will be posted here. 


What about faculty members? 

Faculty who RSVP'd for a postponed ceremony will be contacted via email once a new date has been determined. More information will be sent to faculty regarding how to RSVP and order regalia for the new ceremony as the information becomes available. 


When will I receive my degree?

The postponement of May 2020 Commencement does not effect the semester completion date for our students, nor does it affect the timeline for degree conferral. As such, May 2020 graduates should expect to receive their diplomas in the mail within 4-8 weeks from the end of the spring semester. For questions or concerns about student diplomas, please contact the University of Kentucky Registrar's Office.