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Finalize Commencement needs at Grad Salute, March 19-21

Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites all May 2024 graduates to participate in Grad Salute, March 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Gatton Student Center Harris Ballroom.

The May 2024 UK Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at Rupp Arena at the Central Bank Center.

At Grad Salute, graduates can take care of all their UK Commencement needs in one convenient location. Alumni staff will assist students with the following:

  • Order your custom cap, gown and tassel: Ensure the perfect fit with our help.
  • Verify graduation records: Avoid delays by confirming there are no stops or holds on your graduation records.
  • Career prep: Obtain valuable career advice and explore potential employment opportunities.
  • Commencement registration: Register to attend the Commencement ceremony.
  • General info: Get answers to your questions about the graduation process.
  • Student loan management: Receive guidance on managing student loans effectively.
  • Class ring: Order your official University of Kentucky class ring.
  • Professional headshots: Capture your best look with a professional photographer.
  • Diploma frames: Showcase your well-earned diploma.
  • Personalized graduation announcements: Share your good news with others.
  • UK Alumni Association membership: Become an Active Member through a $25 gift to a UK fund of your choice.
  • Commemorative paver: Order a Wildcat Alumni Plaza paver.

Registering for Grad Salute in advance is encouraged to ensure the Commencement team can provide a smooth process for all participants. Additionally, students who register for Grad Salute will be eligible to win a prize. Those unable to attend in person can visit for help.

For more information about Grad Salute, visit or email

 Information about UK Commencement ceremonies can be found at

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