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 on Feb. 17

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

  • Nominate a student speaker by Feb. 26

    Sign up to apply to be a student speaker at commencement by Feb. 26. The application process opens Feb. 1.  You can also nominate a student commencement speaker.

  • RSVP and confirm by March 18

    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

    If you are a double-major in two different colleges, please choose one college or the other. Seating is limited this year, so students must confirm their attendance at the ceremony via RSVP form by March 18, 2022. 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
  • Attend a commencement Q&A session in March

    Our commencement team will host two online commencement Q&A sessions March 22 and March 29 from 1- 2 p.m. 

    This is your chance to learn about in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled to take place at the Carlson Center on Saturday, April 30. There are two ceremonies, one at 11 a.m. and one at 4 p.m. Seating is limited this year, so students must confirm their attendance at the ceremony via RSVP form by March 18, 2022.

    Staff will be available to answer questions at one of the following two sessions. 

    Register for March 22 session.

    Register for March 29 session.

  • Purchase regalia and invitations by March 24

    Students will need to call 1-800-854-7464 to order regalia through Josten’s customer care line by March 24 to avoid the express shipping fee. They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

  • Attend the Grad Bash on April 29

    Graduates and alumni are invited to attend  a celebration at the pub Friday, April 29. Must be 21+ to attend.

  • Arrive early on April 30

    Students should arrive an hour prior to the start of their ceremony on Saturday, April 30.

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. 

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.

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.  

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

Please park in the north lot and walk to the front and proceed up the stairs on the southeast or southwest side of the building. The front doors have been reserved for the stage party and for those who may need specific accommodations or the elevator.

Yes, there will be a processional as there has been in previous years. Faculty will line up in the Pioneer Room about 30 minutes before the ceremony start and will be seated behind the graduates.

They will participate in the processional and as the ceremony comes to a close, faculty will recess after the stage party to form a receiving line out to the lawn to congratulate graduates as they exit the facility.  

Yes, participants will recess out the main doors where the faculty will great and congratulate the new graduates.

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.

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

 

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

 

GRADIMAGES logoGradimages 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 names are pulled from the most available data at the time the commencement program is printed. If you are walking, but graduated from UAA or UAS, your name will not be in the booklet. Your reader card contains all the information that will be announced as you walk across the stage.

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.

You are welcome to wear a mask.

All students are expected to wear the appropriate academic regalia which you can purchase from the UAF Bookstore. Faculty will also find a link there for regalia rental.

In celebration and recognition of honoring the heritage of Alaska Native or other Indigenous degree candidates are invited to wear traditional tribal regalia instead, or to add elements of traditional tribal decor.

Military dress uniforms may also be worn in lieu of regalia.

Yes, you graduates may make modifications to the mortar board with personalized messages, such as “Thank you!” or “I did it!”

 

The UAF Bookstore will be receiving baccalaureate packages, including tassels, in mid-April. You can purchase one there.

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.

  • 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.