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See the Memories Made During UK's May 2022 Commencement Weekend

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2022) — It was a weekend full of celebration for the more than 3,900 graduates who participated in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremonies.

Overall, 5,346 May degree candidates were conferred by the UK Board of Trustees last week. This includes 3,625 undergraduate, 1,169 graduate and 552 professional degree candidates for May 2022. *

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

To view Friday’s ceremonies, visit: https://youtu.be/T5s-Eef_ZBs.

To view Saturday’s ceremony, visit: https://youtu.be/RN5G4Nt7vvw

Watch the video above to hear students talk about what it means to graduate from the University of Kentucky.

Watch some of the moments captured by our video team here and see photos taken by our University Photographers by clicking on this gallery link.

For more information about UK Commencement, visit http://commencement.uky.edu/.

*These numbers reflect degree candidates, not individual graduates (some graduates earn more than one degree, thereby being counted as a degree candidate multiple times). Degrees will be certified by the UK registrar, ensuring individuals have satisfactorily completed all requirements. The most up-to-date information is available through UK and Institutional Research, Analytics and Decision Support.

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This is a photo of a new University of Kentucky graduate during Commencement (May 2022).
This is a photo of a new University of Kentucky graduate during Commencement (May 2022).
This is a photo of a new University of Kentucky graduate during Commencement (May 2022).
This is a photo of a new University of Kentucky graduate with her biggest fan during Commencement (May 2022).
This is a photo of a new University of Kentucky graduate with her biggest fan during Commencement (May 2022).

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