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Watch Live: UK Honors December Graduates

WATCH HERE: University of Kentucky December 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2021) — Today, the University of Kentucky honors its graduates at the December 2021 UK Commencement Ceremonies. All ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel. Approximately 1,200 graduates will participate in the Commencement Ceremonies.

The graduates represent 99 Kentucky counties, 40 U.S. states, and 31 countries.

Overall, the UK Board of Trustees approved the conferral of 1,973 degrees at its meeting this week, including 1,409 undergraduate, 551 graduate and 13 professional degree candidates for December 2021. August 2021 degree recipients are also eligible to participate in the December ceremonies. More than 800 degrees were conferred for August.*

In the interest of health and safety, masks are required for all graduates and their guests who attend. 

The ceremony schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. ceremony

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

3 p.m. ceremony

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Communication and Information
  • College of Design
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Gatton College of Business and Economics

Student Speakers

Two student representatives have been selected by UK President Eli Capilouto to address the audiences at their respective ceremony. Given limitations on the number of people allowed on the stage, the speeches have been pre-recorded.

  • Peyton Schroeder, from Germantown Hills, Illinois, who will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony. She is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics and evaluation from the UK College of Engineering and the Lewis Honors College.
  • Bisimwa “Jack” Nzerhumana, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and now a Lexington resident, is graduating with two bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and psychology from the UK College of Arts and Sciences and is also a Lewis Honors College member. 

Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks 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.

Graduates pictured at May 2021 commencement in regalia and masks
Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

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.