Commencement "Walk-Through" Policy
Graduation "Walk-Through" Policy
To meet the definition of having "essentially completed all degree requirements" (current policy) to "walk through" graduation ceremonies, a student must have met the following requirements:
a. successfully completed all required tests, course work and thesis/project defense prior to commencement; and
b. submitted to the Graduate School by April 7, a memorandum signed by the student and the major advisor certifying that any required revisions to the project/thesis/dissertation can be completed by July 31 of the same year. For a thesis/dissertation, the student must make a commitment to submit the final copies to the Graduate School by July 31 of the same year. If the student is a Ph.D. candidate, the major advisor or designated committee member must also agree to participate in the graduation ceremonies; and
c. for Ph.D. candidates, filed a ≤ 50 word abstract of the dissertation research along with the signed memorandum.
NOTE: Individuals who "walk through" graduation ceremonies will NOT be listed in the graduation program. These students’ names, and if Ph.D. recipients, descriptions of dissertation research, will appear in the program of the academic year in which the Degree is formally granted.
Diplomas and Commencement
UAF issues diplomas to graduates three times each year: in September following the summer sessions, in January at the close of the fall semester, and in May at the end of the spring semester. All students who complete degree requirements during the academic year are invited to participate in the annual commencement ceremony at the end of spring semester.
Names of students receiving degrees appear in the commencement program and are released to the media unless a written request not to do so has been received by the graduation department. Students who do not want their names to be released may so indicate on the application for graduation form.
Graduates are responsible for ordering caps and gowns through the UAF bookstore in early spring. Master’s students also must order hoods; the color of the hood is determined by the graduate’s school or college. Doctoral students who attend the commencement ceremony will receive a doctoral hood on stage during the ceremony.