Application for Graduation

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Apply for Graduation

The Application for Graduation fee is $50 to offset costs associated with Degree Works, the cost of diploma covers, and to align UAA with fees charged by UAF & UAS.  With this change students will no longer be charged an additional late fee and will have until the last class day of the semester to apply to graduate.  See chart below for more information.


Application for Graduation Deadlines

Term Deadline FeeSpecial
Fall 2014 
 December 5, 2014
 $50.00 Must apply by November 1st for name to appear in commencement program.
Spring 2015  April 24, 2015 $50.00 Must apply by April 1st for name to appear in commencement program.

Hooding Ceremony and Graduation

Save the Date: October 15th, 2014 10am-7pm: Graduation Fair at the UAA Bookstore 

Due to the number of students participating in UAA Hooding Ceremonies, the Wendy Williamson Auditorium may be filled to capacity. If your guests wish to be seated in the auditorium, please plan on arriving early to the ceremony. Those arriving with small children are asked to choose seating closer to the aisles.
Commencement & Hooding Ceremony Hooding 2012 Web
The Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony is be held twice yearly: December 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm and May 2, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA Campus. Commencement is held the following day at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony F.A.Q.
Hooding Ceremony Walk-Through Policy

To meet the definition of having "essentially completed all degree requirements", and to participate in the Hooding Ceremony, a student must meet the following requirements:
1) successfully complete all required tests, course work, and thesis/project defense prior to the Hooding Ceremony; and

2) submit to the Graduate School by April 15 or December 1, depending upon graduation date, a memorandum signed by the student and the project or thesis/dissertation advisor certifying that any required revisions to the project or thesis/dissertation  can be completed by July 31 for the May walk-thru exemption or March 1 for December walk-thru exemption.  Please contact the Graduate School if you have any questions.

Hooding Ceremony 2013 Student in Alaska Sneakers Extra Tuff Fishing BootsDiplomas and Commencement

UAA issues diplomas to graduates three times each year: in August following the summer sessions, in January at the close of the fall semester, and in May at the end of the spring semester. All students who complete degree requirements during the academic year are invited to participate in the annual Commencement ceremony at the end of spring semester.

The Registrar's Office prints diplomas at the beginning of each month for all students who earned their degree in the month prior (i.e. diplomas will be printed at the beginning of June for degrees awarded in May).  An email will be sent to your preferred email account after your diploma has been printed and is available for pick up at the University Center. If you are unable to pick up your diploma, please submit a request for your diploma to be mailed. If you intend to have another individual pick up your diploma, they will be required to 1) present a written signed letter of permission from you with a copy of your photo ID attached and 2) their own photo ID to verify their identity.  Name's of students receiving degrees appear in the Commencement program and are released to the media unless a written request not to do so has been received the the Office of the Registrar. Students who do not want their names to be released may change their confidentiality status either on UAOnline or complete the Confidentiality Flag/Directory Hold Request form.

Graduates are responsible for ordering caps and gowns through the UAA Campus Bookstore in early spring or fall. Master's students must also order hoods; the color of the hood is determined by the graduate's program and degree.

Master's and Doctoral Graduates at Commencement

Master’s and Doctoral degree graduates and candidates will not be hooded during Commencement.  Instead, UAA holds a special Hooding Ceremony for Master’s and Doctoral Degree Graduates and Candidates on the Saturday before Commencement.  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 bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates at Commencement on Sunday.