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Relive the best moments from UK's May 2024 Commencement Ceremonies


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2024) — It was a weekend full of celebration for the more than 4,300 University of Kentucky graduates who participated in the May 2024 Commencement Ceremonies.

Overall, 5,736 May degree candidates were conferred by the UK Board of Trustees on April 26. This includes 3,626 undergraduate, 1,446 graduate and 664 professional degree candidates for May 2024*.

These graduates included Deidra White, a Master of Fine Arts recipient, who recited her poem, “Here in Kentucky” during each of the ceremonies. Graduates Sophia Salyers, Alayna Tobo, Emily Wiley and Princess Magor Agbozo delivered student addresses at each of the ceremonies.

All four ceremonies were livestreamed on UK’s YouTube channel.

In the video above, graduates talk about what makes earning their degrees from UK so special. 

Watch this video to see UK President Capilouto interview graduates just before their ceremonies began.

See more highlights in the photo gallery below.

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As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.