Get Ready for Graduation

Are you projected to graduate this semester or next? Now is the time to plan!

  • Apply for graduation. If you want to receive your diploma or certificate, or you need to prove you have graduated for a job or licensure process, then you need to apply to graduate. The application for graduation is available in UAOnline, and it’s free to do.

  • Review the degree audit letter from Degree Services. After you’ve applied to graduate, you’ll receive a letter from Degree Services that will outline remaining degree requirements (if any). These aren’t suggestionsif there is anything listed as still needed which you haven’t yet addressed, it will prevent timely graduation. The earlier you apply to graduate, the more time there is to address issues that may prevent or delay your graduation.

  • Complete petitions or catalog year changes prior to May 1st to ensure on-time degree award. If you need a petition or to change your catalog year, you need to do this prior to May 1st. If you wait until after May 1st, it will delay the posting of your degree (the official designation on your transcript that you’ve graduated).

  • Review commencement information. We know commencement will look a little different this year, but we're still celebrating our graduates! Information about commencement is available on the UAA Commencement website.

  • Prepare for life after graduation! One chapter of your career might be ending, but a new one is openingand UAA has resources to support you going forward.

    • Our Career Services Center helps students and alumni with linking them to job postings, as well as assisting with development and editing of resumes and cover letters. They even do mock job interviews for students wanting some extra practice (and yes, they are doing remote interview prep with students!)

    • The UAA Alumni Association is a great resource for graduates. Not only do they host networking events, but they also provide professional development opportunities for alumni.

    • Planning to continue with another degree? Make sure you apply for admission. Many of our students intend to pursue another undergraduate or graduate degreejust make sure you have applied for admission.