Commencement 2023

Spring 2023 Commencement
Alaska Airlines Center, Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. 

Know the steps to participate:

1. Apply for Graduation 

An application for graduation must be submitted prior to walking in the commencement ceremony. For application steps, visit Graduation & Degree Services.  Remember these deadlines: 

  • April 7, 2023 - Deadline to apply for spring graduation and be recognized in the commencement program. 
  • April 28, 2023 - Deadline to apply for spring graduation and participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

2.  RSVP for the Ceremony

Use the green RSVP NOW button above to RSVP.  An RSVP is required for all participating graduates. Please see our how to participate section for more information about the ceremony. The deadline to RSVP is April 28. 

3.  Purchase Regalia and Pick Up Guest Tickets from the Seawolf Store

Regalia and guest tickets will be available at the Seawolf Store Monday - Friday, Noon - 6 p.m. 

Graduates can claim up to five free general admission guest tickets when they RSVP. Graduates must RSVP to attend the ceremony before they can pick up their guest tickets.  Additional tickets are not available for purchase. 

Cap, gown and tassel are required to participate in commencement. A hood is also required for master's and doctoral degree candidates participating in the hooding and commencement ceremonies. 

  • April 28 - Last day to purchase regalia online to receive by mail
  • May 5 - Last day to purchase regalia online and pick up in person at the Seawolf Store
  • May 7, 2023- Last day to purchase regalia in person at the Seawolf Store (at the kiosk next to the AAC box office)

Student Commencement Speaker

Interested in being the graduate or undergraduate student commencement speaker? Submit your application with Student Life & Leadership by Friday, March 10, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. 

Consider Giving to the Spring Class of 2023 Graduate Gift

Now that you've almost crossed the finish line with your time here at UAA, please consider giving back to the students who will follow in your footsteps. UAA's Annual Fund for Excellence has been selected as the fund for your class gift. This fund helps advance student success, recruitment and retention efforts as well as diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives at UAA. 

Viewing the Ceremony Online

The commencement ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live. A Facebook login is not required to view the event. The link and program will be posted here closer to the event. 

Celebrate & Share Online

Add some flair to your profiles and posts with our special #UAAGrad media kit, which includes social media profile photo frames and stickers for you and your loved ones! Just search "UAAGrad" to update your profile photo frame or find stickers on Instagram Stories that celebrate the Class of 2023, or download printable yard signs, Zoom backgrounds and more on our Seawolves on Social digital assets page

Congratulations, and we'll see you Sunday, May 7!

When you RSVP for commencement, you give UAA permission to take photographs or video of you at the event and to use the photographs or video in its print and internet publications and productions, including advertising, signage and promotional materials, and for commercial purposes.

For individual graduate photos, please contact commencement photographer, Bill Z Photography

At UAA, we proudly welcome and celebrate the personal customization of traditional academic regalia.  

A Message from the Registrar's Office Regarding Diplomas

Graduates, congratulations on your tremendous achievement! You'll be contacted by email before the end of May with information about picking up your diploma. To ensure receipt of this information, please make sure your preferred email and mailing addresses are current in UAOnline.

As you wait for your diploma, here are two alternate ways to verify your degree:

  1. Your transcript will show your degree information. You may access your unofficial transcript and order official transcripts in UAOnline:
  2. The National Student Clearinghouse is the official verification service for employers to verify degrees:

If you have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 907-786-1480 (option 5).

Welcome from the Alumni Association

Congratulations Class of 2023! You have worked so hard and achieved so much. While this chapter of your amazing UAA story comes to a close, your next chapter as alumni begins. You will join the proud ranks of UAA alumni — a network of nearly 65,000 worldwide and growing. So, without further ado and in no particular order, check out the 10 things every new UAA grad should know to fully take advantage of your new status as UAA alumni. Welcome to Seawolf Nation.

Contact us

For questions regarding the commencement ceremony:

Applying to graduate, university honors and diplomas:

For questions regarding regalia and announcements: