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Watch live: The May 2024 UK Commencement Ceremonies

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The Friday, May 3 ceremonies can be rewatched here:
The 9 a.m. ceremony begins at the 38:26 minute mark; the 2 p.m. ceremony begins at the 05:27:43 mark; and the 6 p.m. ceremony begins at the 09:27:15 mark. 

The Saturday, May 4 ceremony can be rewatched here:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2024) — Today and tomorrow, the University of Kentucky will celebrate its newest alumni at the May 2024 Commencement Ceremonies.

More than 4,300 graduates are expected to participate across four ceremonies taking place May 3 and 4 in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Overall 5,736 May degree candidates were conferred by the UK Board of Trustees last week. This includes 3,626 undergraduate, 1,446 graduate and 664 professional degree candidates for May 2024*.

Ceremonies include:

9 a.m. Friday, May 3

2 p.m. Friday, May 3

6 p.m. Friday, May 3

9 a.m. Saturday, May 4

All four ceremonies will be livestreamed on UK’s YouTube channel, which will be accessible this weekend via the UK Commencement website and the UKNow homepage.

Grad Gathering

The UK Alumni Association will host receptions for the graduates and their families in Club C of the lower level of Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. After graduates cross the stage, they are encouraged to come down with their families and enjoy free refreshments, photo opportunities, gifts and prizes. More here.


Deidra White, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing graduate, will recite a spoken word poem titled “Here in Kentucky.” Read more about White here.

Following the poem, a student representative of the May 2024 class will address the audience at each of the ceremonies, per UK tradition.

The four speakers include:

  • Sophia Salyers, from Lexington, will speak at the 9 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony. She is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the UK College of Arts and Sciences and is a student in the Lewis Honors College.
  • Alayna Tobo, from Atlanta, Georgia, will speak at the 2 p.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony. She is graduating with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the College of Communication and Information.
  • Emily Wiley, from London, Kentucky, will speak at the 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony. She is graduating with a master’s degree in public administration from the Martin School for Public Policy and Administration.
  • Princess Magor Agbozo, originally from Ghana, will speak at the 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4 ceremony. She is graduating with a bachelor's degree in public health from the College of Public Health and is a student in the Lewis Honors College.

Read more about the May 2024 student speakers here.

During each ceremony, the university will continue its tradition of presenting in memoriam degrees to honor the memory of students who have passed away and the impact they made during their time at UK. With family consent, five in memoriam degrees will be announced and accepted on behalf of their families and loved ones.

Full video of each ceremony will be available after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel,

Social media users are encouraged to use the hashtag #UKgrad.

For more information about UK Commencement, visit


*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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