Student and Academic Life

Register for December Commencement by Friday, Dec. 6

photo of UK graduates
UK's December Commencement ceremonies will be held 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2019) The deadline to register for the December 2019 University of Kentucky Commencement Ceremonies is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Graduates who do not register by this deadline will need to register in person at Commencement and cannot be guaranteed that their names will appear on the screen during the ceremonies.

Commencement will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at Rupp Arena. UK holds two ceremonies for December graduates with both ceremonies held at Rupp Arena.

Friday, Dec. 20:

  • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
  • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on UKNow through YouTube. 

Graduates may register at by Dec. 6.

Information regarding caps and gowns, parking and travel, and college receptions is also available on the Commencement website.

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 three 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 four 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.