Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremony nor is there a charge to attend. A view of the graduates and the stage is excellent throughout the arena, but guests may wish to arrive early if they desire a particular seating area. The Carlson Center opens to guests at noon on Saturday, May 6.

A seating map of where graduating students will be sitting during the ceremony.



Commencement will be held at the Carlson Center, 2010 Second Ave., Fairbanks.

For information about what is where on campus, see the online Fairbanks campus map.



Streaming video of the commencement ceremony will be available. We'll post the details here a few days before commencement.


Visitor information

For local accommodations and a listing of visitor services in the Fairbanks area, contact the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-456-5774, 800-327-5774 or visit them online at


Disability information

The University of Alaska Fairbanks strives to make its commencement ceremonies comfortable and accessible for all graduates and their guests regardless of physical needs.

Students or guests with special access needs, including an elevator, may park at the front of the Carlson Center.

Service dogs are welcome to the Carlson Center for the 2017 UAF commencement. However, Emotional Support or Assistance Animals are not allowed inside the facility.

Service animals are highly trained and must be providing a service during the event.

For more information, contact Disability Services at:

P.O. Box 755580
Fairbanks, AK 99775
phone: 907-474-5655
TTY: 907-474-1827
fax: 907-474-5688



Photography will be provided by Grad Images. Photos will be available for purchase from their website after the event. For more information, contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576.

Marketing and Communications' photographers will cover the event, and selected images will be posted on this site in the commencement photo gallery. Contact for more information about any of these images.


Campus facility hours

UAF Bookstore, Constitution Hall
   Friday, May 5    7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6    CLOSED.
Sales only at Carlson Center, post commencement 
   Sunday, May 7   CLOSED
Rasmuson Library
   Friday, May 5    7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   CLOSED
   Sunday, May 7    CLOSED
UA Museum of the North
   Friday, May 5   9 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   9 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Sunday, May 7   CLOSED
Wood Center
   Friday, May 5   10 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   10 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Sunday, May 7   7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Pub
Inside Wood Center  
   Friday, May 5   Noon-11:15 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   Noon-11:15 p.m.
   Sunday, May 7   CLOSED
Arctic Java
Inside Wood Center  
   Friday, May 5   11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
   Sunday, May 7   11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dine 49 
Inside Wood Center  
   Friday, May 5   11 a.m.-7 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   11 a.m.-4 p.m.
   Sunday, May 7   7:30 a.m.-noon
Campus Cache  
Inside the MBS Complex
   Friday, May 5   11 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   11 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Sunday, May 7   7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Book & Brew  
Inside Rasmuson Library 
   Friday, May 5   7 a.m.-2 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   CLOSED
   Sunday, May 7   CLOSED
CTC Cafe 
On the CTC Campus
   Friday, May 5   7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   CLOSED
   Sunday, May 7   CLOSED
M3 Cafe 
Inside the Murie Building 
   Friday, May 5   7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
   Saturday, May 6   CLOSED
   Sunday, May 7   CLOSED
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