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When is the May 2022 Commencement?

The May 2022 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 6th, and Saturday, May 7th at the Central Bank Center at Rupp Arena.

What time will my specific College's ceremony be?

Friday, May 6th


College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

College of Communication and Information

College of Public Health

Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce



College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Medicine




Gatton College of Business and Economics

College of Health Sciences

College of Fine Arts

College of Nursing

College of Pharmacy


Saturday, May 7th



College of Arts and Sciences

College of Social Work

College of Design


*This schedule is subject to change

When is Grad Salute?

Grad Salute is March 7th-10th from 10 am to 6 pm in the Harris Ballroom at the Gatton Student Center each day. This is where you can purchase your cap and gown, register for Commencement, purchase a class ring and/or graduation announcements, and receive information from the UK Alumni Association.

Is registering for Commencement and applying for my degree the same thing?

No. You need to apply for your degree through myUK and work with your academic advisor. Registering for Commencement is a separate process and only confirms your participation in the ceremony.

Where can I buy my cap and gown?

All information regarding regalia can be found here.

Do we need tickets for May Commencement?

At this time, there will be no tickets or limits on guests for May 2022 Commencement. However, this is subject to change as we adjust to new guidance surrounding COVID-19.

What services will be available for those needing special accommodations?

We will have closed-captions and an ASL interpreter for all ceremonies both in-person and on the live stream.  Accommodated seating and parking for guests and their families is available at Rupp Arena.  If you require additional accommodations, please contact

Is there a bag policy?

Patrons may only have one clear bag (no larger than 12"x12"x6") or one small clutch purse, with or without a handle or strap (no larger than 9”x 5”) for personal items. Purses and bags larger than these sizes are strictly prohibited. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose. All bags and items will be searched. To avoid additional touchpoints, patrons are strongly encouraged to leave unnecessary items at home. Diaper Bags may exceed this size requirement, please see Guest Services desk for a visual inspection. 

Where should graduates and guests park?

The Rupp Arena parking lot is located on West High Street. Please plan to remove all vehicles promptly after the ceremony to make space for guests and graduates attending the following ceremonies.   

I'm graduating from the Lewis Honors College. How do I get my Honors medallion?

The Honors medallion is given to Honors graduates during the Honors Medal Ceremony, held prior to UK Commencement, each December and May.

What time should students arrive?

Students should arrive ONE hour before their ceremony for check-in.

Is the ceremony livestreamed?

Yes. It will be live-streamed to YouTube and the link will be provided the week of Commencement.


Is there a Virtual Ceremony?

Yes. It will be provided online the week of Commencement.

When does Registration open?

Registration will open in March. Please check back then.