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December 2022 graduates invited to Grad Salute

Photo of the Wildcat in Cap and Gown
Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites all December 2022 graduates to take part in Grad Salute 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20, in the Grand Ballroom of the Gatton Student Center.

December 2022 Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.

Grad Salute is the perfect opportunity for graduates to finalize all UK Commencement needs in one location.

Representatives will be on hand to help students make final selections in the following:

  • ordering a custom cap, gown and tassel with measurements to ensure the proper fit;
  • verifying no stops or holds on records that could delay graduation;
  • obtaining career advice and discussing future employment opportunities;
  • registering for the Commencement ceremony;
  • answering questions regarding graduation;
  • receiving information to manage student loans;
  • ordering an official University of Kentucky class ring;
  • taking a complimentary headshot with a professional photographer (sitting fee waived);
  • purchasing a UK diploma frame;
  • ordering official personalized graduation announcements;
  • becoming an active member of the UK Alumni Association through a $25 gift to a fund of the student’s choosing; and
  • ordering a paver for display in Wildcat Alumni Plaza.

Students are encouraged to register for Grad Salute to allow representatives to better assist with these needs. Additionally, those who register will be eligible to win prizes.

For more information about Grad Salute, visit, contact Samantha Seitz or call 859-257-8700. For more information about UK Commencement, visit

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