Commencement for the spring class of 2015 will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m.
Alaska Airlines Center

Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m.
Wendy Williamson Auditorium

UAA's spring commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 3 at the Alaska Airlines Center. Check back in February 2015 for more details.

What is the difference between commencement, the hooding ceremony and graduation?

"Commencement" is a ceremony marking a milestone in your academic career. You will wear traditional regalia, receive a diploma cover symbolizing your degree, and have the opportunity to celebrate your achievements with friends, family and the UAA community. Be aware that conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that all your degree requirements have been met. You'll receive an email from Degree Services when your diploma is ready to be picked up. 

The "hooding ceremony" is a special ceremony for graduate students receiving their graduate hoods. This ceremony is separate from the main commencement ceremony. 

"Graduation" means finishing all of your degree requirements, applying for and receiving your diploma. For information on applying for graduation, and the steps to receiving your degree, visit the UAA Registrar's website.


Know when to walk

All students who have completed at least an undergraduate certificate are eligible to walk in UAA commencement ceremonies. Summer and fall graduates may take part in the December ceremony. Spring graduates may take part in the May ceremony. Students who need to walk early or delay their participation in commencement may email a request and explanation to At this time we cannot grant exceptions for summer and fall graduates to delay their participation for the May ceremony.

Purchase your commencement regalia


Cap, gown and tassel are required for participation in commencement and can be purchased at the campus bookstore. The UAA Campus Bookstore will host Graduation Fair on March 18 and 19, 2015. Visit the fair to purchase this regalia, learn about class rings, graduation announcements and more!

For those unable to attend Graduation Fair, the deadline to purchase regalia for the spring ceremony is April 17, 2015.

Family and friends, book your accommodations

SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake is offering the special commencement rate of $89.00/night. The hotel is within walking distance to the UAA campus. Visit their website to book this special rate by April 9, 2015.



Contact Us

For further information, contact Bridgett Dyson at (907) 786-1013 or email