Graduate information

UAF’s 101st commencement is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Carlson Center. There will be one ceremony this year.

The deadline for students to apply for graduation is Feb. 1, 2023; late deadline of March 1, 2023.

Additional info TBD. Email uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu for more information.

 


Commencement ceremony checklist and timeline

 

  • Apply to graduate by Feb. 1, 2023
     Apply early!  After Feb. 1, the fee rises to $80. March 1 is the final deadline.
  • Check your account balance
    Check your UAOnline account to ensure your account balance has been paid in full, including your UAF graduation fee. Unpaid balances can prevent access to your diplomas, transcripts and grades.
  • Attend the Graduation Fair on Feb. 22, 2023
    Attend the Graduation Fair from 1- 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, to find out more information about this year's commencement.
  • Nominate a student speaker by Feb. 28, 2023
    Sign up to apply to be a student speaker at commencement by Feb. 28, 2023. You can also nominate a student commencement speaker.
  • Attend a commencement Q&A session in March 2023
    Our commencement team will host two online commencement Q&A sessions in March 2023.

    This is your chance to learn about commencement ceremonies scheduled to take place at the Carlson Center on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Students must confirm their attendance at the ceremony via RSVP. 
  • RSVP and confirm by April 15, 2023
    Students who apply for graduation need to also confirm attendance at the ceremony via the RSVP form. There, students will also record the pronunciation of their name. Seating is set by the number of students who have indicated they will be there, so students must confirm attendance by April 15. The event will also be streamed live. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates a few weeks after the ceremony.
  • Purchase regalia and invitations
    Students can call the UAF Bookstore at 907-474-6898 for information about commencement regalia. More details — including the ordering deadline — will be added soon. 
  • Attend the Grad Bash on April 29, 2023
    Graduates and alumni are invited to attend  a celebration at The Pub Saturday, April 29, 2023. Must be 21+ to attend.
  • Arrive early on May 6, 2023
    Students should arrive an hour prior to the start of the ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2023.


What to do after commencement

If you graduated last August or December, you should have already received your diploma. If you are a spring graduate, you will receive an email notification with instructions for electronically claiming your diploma. Your diploma notification will be sent to the email address you have marked as "preferred" in UAOnline. Verify or update your preferred email address, mailing address and cell phone number on the Personal Information tab in UAOnline.

Please pay your bills, because you won't get your diploma until you do. (The same thing goes for keeping a university key that's been issued to you.) Check your financial status at UAOnline or with the Bursar's Office before you leave campus so you don't get caught by surprise. However, you can still participate in the commencement ceremony even if your university debt has not been settled.

If you're a May graduate and you need your transcript sent somewhere, don't order it until you see your final grades and degree posted on UAOnline, otherwise you could end up sending incorrect or unofficial information.

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2023 FAQs

The 2023 FAQs will be posted when available.

If you have questions, please email uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu.