Important Dates

April 1, 2016

Deadline to apply for spring 2016 graduation and be included in the commencement program

April 22, 2016

Deadline to apply for spring 2016 graduation

July 29, 2016

Deadline to apply for summer 2016 graduation

November 1, 2016

Deadline to apply for fall 2016 graduation and be included in the commencement program

December 8, 2016

Deadline to apply for fall graduation



To be eligible for graduation at the end of a given semester, a student must be formally admitted to the degree or certificate program and

 Apply to Graduate

Students apply for graduation through their UAOnline account.

1.  Login to UAOnline.
2.  Click on "Students Services & Account Information."
3.  Click on "Student Records."
4.  Select "Apply to Graduate."
5.  Select the degree program from which you wish to graduate and click "Continue."
6.  Select the semester in which you intend to graduate from the drop down menu and click "Continue."
7.  Click "Submit Request."
8.  You will receive a degree audit email from Degree Services ( within 3-5 business days.

You may view the status of existing applications for graduation in UAOnline by selecting "View Application to Graduate" beneath the "Apply to Graduate" link.

Students may pay the $50 application fee via UAOnline or in person with Cashiering at the University Center. Students will not be required to provide immediate payment when submitting their UAOnline application for graduation.

Students with graduation-specific holds on their accounts are currently unable to apply for graduation through UAOnline. Please contact for further instruction.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I walk at Commencement in May?

Students who complete certificate or degree requirements in the summer and fall semesters will be invited to participate in fall commencement ceremonies in December. Students who complete certificate or degree requirements in the spring semester will be invited to participate in spring commencement ceremonies in May. All students eligible to walk in Commencement will receive an invitation to RSVP to the ceremony about six (6) weeks prior to the event. The invitation will be emailed to students’ preferred email accounts. If students do not receive an invitation and believe they should have, or if they have any questions, they are encouraged to email Degree Services at If a student reapplies to graduate in a later semester prior to the date of Commencement, they will not be on the list to walk. Exceptions to the walking policy should be directed to the University Advancement Office at 907-786-1013.

What is the ‘drop dead date’ for turning things in and still graduating?

All paperwork, petitions, test scores, grades, etc., must be received by the Registrar's Office by the final grade submission deadline. This date is generally three (3) business days after the last day of the semester. Specific dates are available at Degree Services begins reviewing students’ audits for completion the day after the final grading deadline. If a student's paperwork is not submitted or complete when their degree is audited, their degree will not be awarded. These students will receive email correspondence at their preferred email address with information about their degree status.

I know I'm not going to graduate. What should I do?

  1. You can do nothing. If you do nothing, we will perform a final audit on your file. If you are missing requirements, you will need to reapply for graduation and pay the associated fee.
    • If you are within six (6) credits of completion, your application will automatically be rolled to the next semester (i.e. spring to summer, summer to fall or fall to spring). This is considered your one-time courtesy move. If requirements are not met by the end of the next semester, you will need to reapply/pay again.
  2. You can email us and request that we move your application to a future semester (within one academic year from the original application). This must be done before the final class day of the semester for which you applied to graduate. By doing this, students will not have to reapply or pay additional fees for graduation. Students can make this request by sending an email from their preferred email account or student email account to Degree Services at This is a one-time courtesy move. Students need to include their student ID number and the degree/semester in which they would like their application to be moved.

If my thesis isn't due until June, am I still a spring graduate?

If a student completes their thesis in June, their degree will be posted in the summer semester, and the student will be considered a summer graduate. In order for a degree to be posted for spring, all paperwork/requirements must be completed and submitted by the final grading deadline (generally three (3) business days after the semester ends). You will need to contact Degree Services at to request a final audit mid semester; otherwise you will not be checked for completion again until the end of the semester.

My advisor/instructor told me another class would count for that requirement.

In order for students to graduate from UAA, they must complete all university, general education and major requirements as published in the university catalog. If an advisor or instructor tells a student that a particular course can satisfy a major requirement or that a major requirement can be waived, the student needs to work with their advisor to ensure academic petitions are submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Students should access their DegreeWorks audit (found in UA Online, Student Services & Account Information link) to verify that all of their requirements are complete and to track academic petitions. If a petition is not documented in DegreeWorks, it is possible the petition was never received and will therefore not be considered when Degree Services completes the final audit.


More Information

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). There is one exception. Diplomas will be printed mid-January for degrees awarded in December and will be available for pickup after the Add/Drop deadline.


Application for graduation deadlines are the Friday before finals for the semester in which the student intends to graduate. Students wishing to have their name in the commencement ceremony program must apply to graduate by the following deadlines:

  • November 1 - Fall graduation
  • April 1 - Spring graduation

Students with a directory hold on their account will be removed from the program prior to printing and will not be included in any other commencement-related publications.


A student pursuing an Occupational Endorsement Certificate should also apply for graduation. Occupational endorsement certificates are awarded by the offering academic unit rather than at commencement. Students should check with their advisers to determine what arrangements are followed.


Students who apply for graduation and do not complete their degree/certificate requirements by the end of the semester in which they have applied to graduate, but are within six or fewer credits of completion, will have their application for graduation moved to the following semester by the Office of the Registrar (spring to summer, summer to fall or fall to spring). This courtesy change will be granted one time. Students with more than six outstanding credits of requirements remaining, or who have six credits or fewer remaining for a second semester, must apply for graduation and pay another application fee.


Looking for information about commencement?  Click here to check out the commencement website maintained by University Advancement.


Incomplete Grades
Your degree cannot be awarded if you have an incomplete grade in a course required for your degree. Change of grade forms must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the last day of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

Transfer Credit
If you will be using transfer credit to complete your degree requirements, you must have an official transcript from that institution sent to the Registrar's Office as soon as your grade is available. All transcripts must be received by the last day of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

CLEP and DSST (DANTES) Test Scores
If you will be using test scores to complete your degree requirements, we must receive official test scores before the last day of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

GSP/GRR/Thesis Completion
Graduate students must have a Graduate Studies Plan (in DegreeWorks or on paper) and a Graduate Requirement Report on file with the Office of the Registrar by the last day of the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Degree Posted on Your Transcript
Once all requirements have been verified as met, your degree will be posted to your record and immediately appear on your transcript.  You can verify that your degree has been awarded by viewing your unofficial transcript in UAOnline.