Graduate information

Graduate checklist and timeline

  • Apply to graduate by Feb. 6

    Early graduation application deadline has been extended to Feb. 6 and the fee is $50. Apply early!  After that, 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 Grad Fair

    Attend the Grad Fair from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, to find out more information about this year's commencement.

  • RSVP and confirm your tickets

    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 limited, so students must confirm attendance by March 18. 

  • Sign up for the ceremony that lists the college or school where you will receive your degree.

    See below for the breakdown.

    If you are a double-major in two different colleges, please choose one college or the other. After you RSVP, you will receive a link to reserve tickets for your guests. The ceremony will be limited to students and their ticketed guests. Graduates will receive four tickets. The event will also be streamed live. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates a few weeks after the ceremony. 

    The following schools and colleges will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

    • College of Engineering and Mines
    • College of Natural Science and Mathematics
    • College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
    • College of Rural and Community Development
    • Community and Technical College
    • UAA nursing students — with CNSM

    The following schools and colleges will be celebrated at 4 p.m.

    • Division of General Studies/interdisciplinary undergrads
    • College of Liberal Arts
    • School of Education
    • College of Business and Security Management 
  • Purchase regalia and invitations soon.

    Buy caps, gowns and other regalia from Follett by March 24 to receive them in time for commencement. The graduation fee does not cover these items. Order regalia online through Jostens. Please call the UAF Bookstore at 907-474-6858, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to make arrangements and talk with an associate, or email 1191mgr@follett.com. Orders may take up to four weeks.

  • Attend the Grad Bash

    UAF Alumni Association will host a party to celebrate our newest alumni April 22. For more information, call the Alumni Association at 474-7081 or email uaf-alumni@alaska.edu.

What to do afterward

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.

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 U.S. 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.

 


FAQs

UAF will celebrate its 100th commencement, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. To safely celebrate, we plan to hold two short, student-centered ceremonies. Seating is limited this year, so students will receive up to four tickets for their guests and must confirm their attendance by March 18, 2022. 

With the number of people (graduates and spectators) expected to participate in an in-person commencement ceremony at the Carlson Center, it would be impossible to physically distance students and spectators in a safe way in one ceremony, so we decided to split it up into two and limit the number of tickets.

Please arrive one hour before your ceremony begins. Enter via the southeast entrance stairs. 

Graduates will be able to reserve up to four tickets for their guests. A link will be available soon.

No. Graduates will walk with the school or college in which they will receive their degree. Unfortunately, we’re not able to make accommodations for graduates to switch ceremonies.

If a student is receiving more than one degree from different colleges, they will choose which college they want to walk under and RSVP for that ceremony. Both degrees will be announced, but they will walk only once.  

There will only be a limited processional as the stage party enters directly onto the stage from stage left. Students will line up around the building with their school or college and  process to their seats on the floor. They should remain masked and maintain a 6-foot distance from their classmates when possible. Faculty will not process, but will be seated in the seats above the prow on the east side of the building. 

The faculty will be invited to watch the event and support students, but this year they will have a section within the Carlson Center above the prow on the east side of the building. As the ceremony comes to a close, faculty are welcome to form a gauntlet on the lawn to congratulate graduates as they exit the facility.  

The participants will recess out the main doors where the faculty will greet and congratulate the new graduates. The faculty gauntlet will take place outside of the building.

Yes. It will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Live captioning will be provided for accessibility.

 

GRADIMAGES logoYes, Gradimages will take professional photos as graduates cross the stage. Please keep in mind the family photo area will be limited to a smaller number of people this year to avoid crowding during the event. 

The Ph.D. hooding will take place the day before in the Davis Concert Hall. More information will be provided by the Graduate School

Yes, ASUAF has a committee that will determine the student speaker for both the morning and afternoon ceremonies. The committee is made up of a number of representatives from student government and various departments.

Yes, masks will be required as long as they are required on campus. 

They are required to have a face covering of some sort to enter the event. The event will be livestreamed for those who do not feel comfortable gathering or wearing a mask. 

We expect the ceremony to last about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

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.

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.

  • For questions about your account balance or fees:
    Please contact the Office of the Bursar at uaf-bursar@alaska.edu or by phone at 907-474-7384, or stop by the office on the first floor of Signers' Hall.

  • For questions related to honors, graduation status and commencement:
    Please contact Graduation Services at uaf-graduation@alaska.edu or by phone at 907-474-6300, or stop by the office on the first floor of Signers' Hall.

  • Don't see your question here?
    Please send an email to uaf-commencement-team@alaska.edu.

  • Check back soon for more FAQs about the 2022 commencement in-person and virtual events!

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