Commencement "Walk-Through" Policy

To meet the definition of having "essentially completed all degree requirements" to "walk through" graduation ceremonies, a student must have met the following requirements:

  1. successfully complete all required tests, course work and thesis/project defense and that the Report on Thesis/Project Defense form (with a clear, not conditional, pass) is submitted to the Graduate School  by the Monday preceding commencement; and
  2. submitted to the Graduate School by the date set for filing a thesis/dissertation in Spring Semester, the REQUEST FOR COMMENCEMENT WALK-THROUGH form signed by the student, the major advisor, ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS, DEPARTMENT HEAD AND DEAN, agreeing that any required revisions to the project/thesis/dissertation can be completed by August 1 of the same year. For a thesis/dissertation, the student must submit the final copy to the Graduate School by August 1 of the same year to be eligible for summer graduation. 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
  3. for Ph.D. candidates, filed a ≤ 50 word abstract of the dissertation research along with the signed REQUEST FOR COMMENCEMENT WALK-THROUGH form.

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.