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Watch Q&A With President Capilouto About the Special Tradition of Commencement

Q&A with President Eli Capilouto

LEXINGTON, KY. (May 10, 2021) UKNow sat down with University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto to talk about what Commencement ceremonies mean to him.

Commencement is a time-honored tradition at UK, an opportunity to celebrate what matters most: student success. It is also a time to honor the contributions of those who helped them achieve what’s possible.

It is a time when we celebrate the stories interwoven with a common thread of uncommon resolve and compassion.

For the past year, to protect the health and safety of the UK community, the university celebrated while physically distanced. The institution announced in March that May 2021 ceremonies will take place in person and will honor students who graduated in 2020 as well as May 2021. Ten ceremonies will happen over the weekend of May 14-16, at the following times:

May 2021 Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Friday, May 14

9 a.m.

College of Education

College of Medicine


College of Fine Arts

College of Public Health

College of Social Work

College of Pharmacy

3 p.m.

College of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

College of Design

6 p.m.

College of Engineering

Saturday, May 15

9 a.m.

College of Arts and Sciences #1

*Humanities: African American and Africana Studies, English, Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Languages, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Spanish / Hispanic Studies, Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media, Foreign Language and International Economics, Classics, German, French, Teaching English as a Second Language, Linguistic Theory and Typology, Teaching World Languages, Creative Writing

*Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Earth and Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience, Statistics, Applied Statistics 


College of Arts and Sciences #2

*Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, Health, Society and Populations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, US Culture and Business Practices, Liberal Studies, Applied Anthropology, Digital Mapping

3 p.m.

Gatton College of Business and Economics #1

*Marketing, Management, General Business, Supply Chain Management

6 p.m.

Gatton College of Business and Economics #2

*Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business Administration (Masters & P.h.D.)

Sunday, May 16

9 a.m.

College of Communication and Information

The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce


College of Agriculture, Food and Environment  

Due to limited seating, tickets are needed for entry to the ceremonies. Tickets were reserved by the May 7 deadline.

For those unable to attend, all ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel, which may be accessed via the UKNow homepage, or the UK Commencement website May 14-16.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.