Commencement F.A.Q.

Congratulations from UAA!

Time and Date

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at approximately 3:30 p.m.


Alaska Airlines Center, 3550 Providence Dr, Anchorage, Alaska

When to Arrive

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Student Registration at the auxiliary gym (see details below)
  • 12 p.m. - Doors open at the Alaska Airlines Center for family and friends.
  • 1 p.m. - Commencement ceremony begins

Where to Report

  • Student Registration: Auxiliary gym
  • Line-up for the Processional at your assigned location in the auxiliary gym no later than 12:45 p.m.
  • Faculty: balcony level no later than 12:45 p.m.

Mandatory Registration

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 (the same day as the ceremony) from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

All students must come to the Alaska Airlines Center during this time to register. At registration, you’ll receive your reader card listing your name and your degree(s). As you cross the stage at the ceremony, you’ll hand this card to the reader who will call out your name and degree. This card will also contain information about where you’ll need to line up for the processional prior to the ceremony. During registration, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Find out where you’ll line up for the processional
  • See what side of the arena your family and friends should sit on, depending on where your college will be seated on the arena floor
  • Consult with a reader and write a phonetic spelling on your reader card if your name is difficult to pronounce.
  • Consult with commencement crew on any questions you have about the ceremony.

Note: There will not be a student rehearsal for commencement. Once you know where to line up, commencement crew will direct you through the remainder of the ceremony.   

Welcome New Alumni Class of 2014

Enjoy coffee and treats and receive your graduation gift from the UAA Alumni Association during registration.

Cap and Gown

A cap and gown (and hood if receiving a masters degree) is required during the ceremony. These items can be purchased at the Campus Bookstore. Please purchase these items by Nov. 28, 2014 to assure their arrival prior to the ceremony.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements can be ordered at the Campus Bookstore.

News Releases

Unless you have instructed us not to, we will provide your name, degree or certificate and major to the Alaska Dispatch News for possible publication. If you would like another news release sent to your hometown paper, informing them of your graduation, please contact the University Advancement Office at (907) 786-1288 if you need assistance.

Tickets and Seating

Tickets are not needed, all family and guests are welcome to attend this free event. Guests should arrive early for the best seating.

Length of Ceremony

Approximately 2.5 hours.

Master's Graduates at Commencement

Master’s degree graduates and candidates will not be hooded during commencement. Instead, UAA will hold a special Hooding Ceremony for master’s degree graduates and candidates on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. This special Hooding Ceremony adds to the graduation experience by making it possible to focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. It allows graduate faculty and staff, family and friends a chance to witness the ceremonial hooding of the graduate student in a more intimate setting. 

Please Note: This special Hooding Ceremony does not take the place of Commencement. Graduate students will march with their hoods on their shoulders, receive their diploma cover, have their degrees conferred and be recognized by name along with those earning bachelors and associate degrees and certificates at commencement on Sunday. For more information on this event, please visit the Hooding Ceremony FAQ.

Parking and Transportation

There is no charge for parking. Please check back for information about Seawolf Shuttle service.

Special Needs

There will be American Sign Language interpreters for the ceremony. Please call Disability Support Services at (907) 786-4530 regarding other special need requirements.

Commencement Photographs

Arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take pictures of each graduate. Proofs will be e-mailed to you approximately two weeks after the ceremony.

Honors Cords

Honors cords are distributed to associate and baccalaureate degree seeking students at the end of the spring semester. If you are eligible for honors, an email will be sent to your UAA student email address informing you when you will be able to pick up your honor cord at One Stop Student Services in the University Center located at 3901 Old Seward Hwy., Anchorage, Alaska. Please note that graduate students do not receive honor cords. Click here to learn more about honors cords.

RSVP for Commencement

All graduates who plan to attend commencement must RSVP.

What Not to Bring to Commencement

Do not bring horns, mechanical noise makers or helium balloons to the commencement ceremony. These items will be confiscated upon entry.

Children and infants will not be allowed to accompany graduates on the Alaska Airlines Center floor. The ceremony is long and the pace is fast and hectic as students cross the stage to receive their diploma covers and shake hands with university leadership. For safety reasons, please arrange for family and friends to care for children in the Alaska Airlines Center bleacher seats.

More Information

Contact Bridgett Dyson at (907) 786-1013 or e-mail