Graduate information

Celebrate commencement online Saturday May 23 at 1 p.m.

 

What is it?

UAF celebrated the Class of 2020 with a virtual ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23. The event  included many of the things you expect at a traditional commencement exercise. It also let graduates share this moment with family, friends and the academic community. Graduates were recognized with an official slide customized with a photo, degree and field of study, and a personal message. 

Why is UAF doing a virtual commencement?

After surveying our graduates and talking with our students we felt it was important to celebrate your achievements. Read more... 

How can I participate?

All students who are receiving degrees will be included in the virtual ceremony, just as all graduates are included in the program. You will receive a detailed email from uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu directing you to a website.

  • RSVP for the ceremony at marchingorder.com. Check your email with a specific link and instructions.
  • Record your name. This will ensure the announcer correctly records your name.
  • Upload your graduation photo. This can be in full regalia, or another photo. Keep in mind this is still commencement and should be family friendly and in keeping with the event.
  • Include a personal announcement. You can include a quote, or thank someone for their support. (Max 150 characters)
  • Share your achievement on social media. At the site you can search for your slide and share it with your family and friends.
  • Use #UAFgrad2020 in all your Twitter and Instagram posts.
  • Participate in Grad Week and Grad BashUAF graduates are invited to participate in Grad Week starting Monday, April 27, to win one of $2,000 worth of Amazon gift cards by using the hashtag #uafgrad2020 to respond to prompts all week long. Virtual Grad Bash is now May 2 from 7-9 p.m. via Facebook live. Tune in to request songs, interact with your class and win prizes!
  • Stay connected by following the Facebook commencement event.
  • Watch Facebook live for the event. Share your slide with your family after you see it online.
  • Sign up to be a 2020 Class Ambassador and help share information about the big day.

You have until May 11 to upload your photo and messages. We will validate your photo and message. You will receive an email if for some reason we were not able to validate your message. 

Orders for graduation regalia are still available for purchase. Please send any inquiries to 1191mgr@follett.com.

Email questions to uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu.

2019-2020 graduation application deadlines

The deadline to apply for spring graduation was Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The late application deadline (additional fees apply) for graduation is March 15. Review the graduation deadlines below for more information.

  • Fall: Monday, Oct. 15, 2019
  • Spring: Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
  • Summer: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Graduation application fees

  • Before Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 deadline: $50
  • After Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 deadline: $80 late fee

Grad Fair

There is no rehearsal. Grad Fair is your chance to find out about Saturday, May 2, 2020 commencement. There will be Graduation cords being handed out as well as information on cording ceremonies for 1st gen students and LGBTQ+. Students can also order regalia, apply to speak at commencement and enter to win prizes. There will be food provided by chartwells. Get one-on-one support for all your graduation-related questions. Staff will be on hand from; Alumni, Graduate School, Bookstore, Career Services and University Relations.

There will be a check-in for students who may be eligible to graduate this year. Be sure to check-in online using the RSVP form.

Orders for graduation regalia are still available for purchase. Please send any inquiries to 1191mgr@follett.com.

Virtual Grad Bash is now May 2 from 7-9 p.m. via Facebook live. Tune in to request songs, interact with your class and win prizes!

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.
RSVP for the ceremony at marchingorder.com. Check your email with a specific link and instructions.

Graduates will be recognized with an official slide customized with their photo, degree and field of study, and a personal message. Graduates will receive specific instructions via email from uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu about how to login and create their slide.

We are unable to approve slides after May 11, so don't wait too long!

Record your name. This will ensure the announcer pronounces your name correctly.
Upload your graduation photo. Graduation themed photos are encouraged.
Include a personal announcement. You can include a personal announcement up to 150 words

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

Graduates will be recognized with an official slide customized with their photo, degree and field of study, and a personal message. Graduates will receive specific instructions via email from uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu about how to login and create their slide.

We are unable to approve slides after May 11, so don't wait too long!

Record your name. This will ensure the announcer pronounces your name correctly.
Upload your graduation photo. Graduation themed photos are encouraged.
Include a personal announcement. You can include a personal announcement up to 150 words

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

Be sure to share this moment with your family, friends and the academic community. Visit the virtual ceremony site where you can share or download your slide with your friends and family on social media. For now you can join the Facebook event, but other details will be forthcoming. 

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 by Friday, May 8.

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.

Looking for jobs or internships? Log into UAF's career platform Handshake with your UA single sign-on (You already have an account, you just need to activate it!) and get access to over 7,000 employers across the US and Alaska and hundreds of job openings.  If you need more guidance, Career Services is here to help UAF alumni with everything from resume editing to interview prep. 


Graduation fees

An application for graduation and nonrefundable fee must be filed with the Office of the Registrar during the semester you plan to graduate.

Caps, gowns and invitations are not included in the graduation fee and must be purchased separately. Contact the bookstore at 907-474-6858.


Graduation with honors

Final grades aren't calculated until after commencement, but for the ceremony we do identify students who meet preliminary requirements and who would make honors if they earn all A's as graduating with honors. These “potential honors” will be printed in the commencement program and announced when the degree candidate's name is read. Final determination of honors will be made after all grades have been received and your true GPA calculation has been determined. Honors are designated on the diploma and on your UAF transcript.


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