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Graduation Check-List

  1. Apply for your degree in myUK by the posted deadlines (see below)

  2. Submit repeat option forms prior to finals week if you have retaken courses at UK and have not yet submitted them.

  3. Request official transcripts be sent to UK if you have completed courses at another university/college that need to be applied towards your UK degree

  4. Clear any STOPS or HOLDs (except Advisor Hold) during your final semester

  5. Register to participate in the Commencement ceremony

  6. Attend Grad Salute to purchase cap/gown/tassel/honor cord and more in early October or early March (available at UK Bookstore after Grad Salute)

Graduation Application

Anticipated Graduation DateDegree Application Deadline
AugustFebruary 28
DecemberJune 30
May November 30 

Graduation FAQs

  • How and when do I apply for graduation?
    You must complete a degree application the semester before you graduate. You’ll complete your degree application via myUK; “myRecords”; “Apply for a Degree.” Specific deadlines can be found in the academic calendar.
  • Do I need to sign up to walk at commencement/graduation ceremony?
    Yes, the University holds Commencement at Rupp Arena in May and December. Please go to www.uky.edu/commencement in mid October to register for the December commencement or esrly March to register for the May Commencement. If you’re unable to attend you aren’t required to let anyone know.
  • Will I need a cap and gown?
    Yes, a cap and gown is required. You may purchase/order a cap and gown during Grad Salute or at the UK Bookstore.
  • What color tassel do I need?
    Agriculture, Food and Environment students wear a Maize colored tassel.
  • How do I know if I’m graduating with honors?
    You may check your unofficial transcript and look at your cumulative GPA. The break- down is as follows for University Commencement honors:


3.4 – 3.59 cum laude

3.6 – 3.79 magna cum laude

3.8 – 4.0 summa cum laude

       Students with a minimum of two (60 hours) but less than three years (90 hours) of work 
the University will receive the appropriate commencement honors if they attain a grade-
       point average of 0.2 greater than those specified for three years of residence work (at 

  • When and how will I receive my diploma?
    Diplomas are typically mailed out within 3-4 months of your degree completion. The diploma will be sent to the address you provided when you filled out your degree application via myUK