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Why was Commencement postponed for December 2020 and May 2020? 

Due to the Center for Disease Controls guidelines and in accordance with local and state regulations regarding COVID-19, an in-person Commencement Ceremony was postponed for December 2020 and May 2020 for the health and safety of graduates, their family and friends, and faculty and staff of the University of Kentucky.  

Will there be an in-person Commencement Ceremony for May 2021?

A decision regarding the May 2021 Commencement Ceremony has not been made yet. More information will be communicated from the University of Kentucky soon regarding Commencement and this website will be updated accordingly. 

Can December 2020 and May 2020 Graduates still walk in a future in-person Commencement?

Yes! When it is safe to hold an in-person Commencement Ceremony, any graduate whose Commencement was postponed will have the opportunity to participate and walk in a Commencement Ceremony. We recognize how important this milestone is for all our graduates and want to celebrate with you in the safest way possible. 

When will cap and gown orders open for May 2021?

Regalia orders will be available for purchase in the UK Bookstore and online soon. Check back here for more information when it is available.

Can I still watch the Virtual Ceremony for December 2020?

Yes! Click here to go to the website for the Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

Do I still need to apply for my degree if I do not want to participate in a Commencement Ceremony?

Yes! Applying for your degree and registering for a Commencement Ceremony are two separate things. You can graduate and receive your diploma without participating in a Commencement Ceremony. If you have any questions about applying for your degree, check your myUK or talk to your Academic Advisor. 

Will there be a Grad Salute this semester?

Check back here soon for more information about a Spring 2021 Grad Salute or visit the Alumni Association's website.


If you have a question that was not answered here, please contact the Commencement Coordinator, Sally Martin, at