Celebration of Graduates - Student Information

Celebration of Graduates Header of students soldering computer waffer boards, student graduating and a student using an augmented reality headset.

Congratulations graduates!

Each fall and spring the UAA College of Engineering faculty and staff celebrate your hard work and achievement of completing your degrees at our Celebration of Graduates event during which graduates of all seven disciplines including Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geomatics, Mechanical Engineering, and Project Management are recognized. Graduates of some of the disciplines also have an opportunity to take the oath of the Order of the Engineer and/or the Pledge of the Computing Professional. During our spring event, we also recognize our College of Engineering Alumni of Achievement award recipients.  

We hope that you and your families will join us at the celebration!

General Event Information

Who should attend?:  Fall 2022 graduates, family and friends

Date:  December 16, 2022 (Friday before Commencement)

Time:  4:00 p.m.

Location: EIB 2nd Floor Solarium OR Virtual - via Zoom

Dress Code:  Business casual is recommended and most common.  Some students may choose to wear their cap and gown but it is not required.

Event Registration & Media Release: Required to attend (see links below)

Day of Event Details: As participants in the celebration, graduates attending in-person will join us in the EIB 2nd Floor Solarium.  Graduates attending virtually will need to join us via Zoom.  Prior to the event, all graduates who have registered will receive a confirmation email with additional information and Zoom login information. 

Family and Friends: Can join you in the EIB 2nd Floor Solarium or watch live on the Celebration of Graduates event page.

Don't Forget to Apply to Graduate: Registering to attend the UAA College of Engineering celebration is separate from applying to graduate and registering for the UAA Commencement Ceremony.  A graduation application must be submitted to have your degree awarded and to participate in the UAA Commencement CeremonyFor application steps, visit the Registrar's Office/Degree Services. 

The Order of the Engineer and the Pledge of the Computing Professional

The oath of the Order of the Engineer is intended to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.  The Obligation is the formal statement of an engineer's responsibilities to the public and to the profession.  It is a creed similar to the oath attributed to Hippocrates that is generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code.  Students taking the oath will receive a stainless-steel ring worn on the little finger of the working hand.  

Graduates earning the following degrees are eligible to take the oath of the Order of the Engineer:  Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Systems Engineering (CSE*), Electrical Engineering (EE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The Pledge of the Computing Professional is intended to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior of graduates of computing-related degree programs as they transition to careers of service to society.  Students taking the pledge will receive a certificate and lapel pin, a matrix with the word "Honor" encoded in ASCII, as a visible reminder of this Pledge throughout their professional careers.

Graduates earning the following degrees are eligible to take the Pledge of the Computing Professional:  Computer Science (CS) and Computer Systems Engineering (CSE*)

*Students earning a degree in Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) are eligible to take BOTH the oath and the pledge.

A separate registration is required to participate in either the oath or the pledge.  However, students are not required to take either in order to attend the Celebration of Graduates event and be recognized with your classmates.  

Celebration Video

In this virtual, remote world we now live in, we want to give our students an opportunity to be seen and heard while being celebrated at this event. We invite all graduating College of Engineering students to submit a 10-15 second video clip in advance. These clips will be shared during the celebration event. Some ideas for your video message include:

  • Thanking family, friends, classmates, professors
  • What you plan to do next
  • Reflection on the journey you've just had at UAA
  • Sending good hopes and wishes to your classmates and underclassmen

Please film horizontally and limit your video clip to 10-15 seconds.  Submit your videos using the link below by December 9, 2022.

Class Photo

If you plan to attend in person we will have the traditional Class Photo on the stairs.  If you plan to attend via Zoom you can submit your own selfie or favorite photo.  Submit your photo using the link below (headshots only please, high resolution if possible) by December 9, 2022.

Registration Info. and Deadlines

Registration Tasks (Required/Optional) and Links Description Deadline
Event Registration (Required) For any graduating CoEng student wishing to participate in the event. December 9, 2022
Media Release Form (Required) Required for all graduates planning to participate in the event; those submitting a video to be shared at the event; and those submitting a class photo for the grad wall.  Only one media release form is required.   December 9, 2022
The Order of the Engineer and/or the Pledge of the Computing Professional (Free) (Optional)

The Oath: For graduating CE, CSE*, EE, and ME students who wish to take the oath.

The Pledge: For graduating CS and CSE* students who wish to take the pledge.

*Students earning a degree in Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) are eligible to take BOTH the oath and the pledge.

** If you would like your ring or pin to arrive before the graduation celebration register by November 28. Items will not be guaranteed to arrive before the celebration for registrations received after this date.

December 9, 2022**
Submit your Celebration Video (Optional)
An opportunity for graduating students to share a brief message. Film horizontally and limit your video clip to 10-15 seconds December 9, 2022
Submit your Class Photo (Optional) If you plan to attend in person we will have the traditional Class Photo on the stairs.  If you plan to attend via Zoom can submit your own selfie or favorite photo.  Headshots only please and high resolution if possible. December 9, 2022

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