Commencement 2022

  • Congratulations, Spring Class of 2022!

    We are proud of you and are honored to have been a part of your journey.

    RSVP for Commencement


Spring 2022 Commencements:
Alaska Airlines Center, Sunday, May 1


Morning, 11 a.m. 

College of Business & Public Policy, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education

Afternoon, 6 p.m. 

Community & Technical College, College of Engineering, College of Health


  • Masks optional.
  • Guest seats must be reserved in advance. 
  • April 22 was the deadline to RSVP to attend the commencement ceremony 

The ceremonial hooding of master's and doctoral degree candidates will be included in each commencement. Graduates must submit an RSVP to attend.

Individual Portraits from Commencement

Please contact Bill Z Photography, 253-335-4378 or if you're looking for photo proofs from the event.  

Final Details for Spring Commencement 

Attend Registration

Registration will be held in the Enrollment Services Center on Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OR in the Alaska Airlines Center auxiliary gym the day of commencement from 10-10:45 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 5-5:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.

Graduates must attend one of the two registration sessions to pick up their "reader card" which will be handed to the person reading names as students cross the stage. The letter on the card indicates where you will group in the auxiliary gym in the Alaska Airlines Center for the processional as well as important information for commencement photographers. Cards will be completed for graduates who submitted an RSVP to watch online and will be read once in person graduates have crossed the stage. 

After receiving your reader card, graduates should group around their letter in the auxiliary gym of the Alaska Airlines Center NO LATER than 15 minutes before the start of your ceremony to prepare for the processional. Each college will be led by a flag bearer onto the arena floor.  Please read through the how to participate page for full details.

Order Cap, gown and tassel from the Seawolf Store  
A hood is also required for master's and doctoral degree candidates

  • April 29 - Last day to purchase regalia online and pick up in person
  • April 29 - Last day to purchase items in person at the Seawolf Store

Guest Seats
Students who have RSVP'd to attend should make their guest seat reservations in advance online via the Alaska Airlines Center system using one of the following two promo codes.

  • Morning Ceremony (Six seats available per code):  2022AM+StudentID and GREEN22+StudentID
  • Afternoon Ceremony (Six seats available per code):  2022PM+StudentID and GOLD22+StudentID

Graduates should make guest seat reservations by April 22 as the waitlist will be cleared at that time (PM ceremony seats are extremely limited so waitlisted seats most likely won't be cleared). These codes can only be used once, so make all seat reservations at the same time. If you are having issues reserving guest seats, contact the Alaska Airlines Center directly at or call 907-786-1562.  We cannot move existing guest seat reservations.


Parking is available around the Alaska Airlines Center (see map). Parking is also available in the Providence Hospital PS3 parking garage, but DO NOT park in the Providence Hospital surface lot, as this is reserved for hospital patrons and towing is strictly enforced.  

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 2022, or download printable yard signs, Zoom backgrounds and more on our Seawolves on Social digital assets page

Viewing the Ceremony Online

The commencement ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live. A Facebook login is not required to view the event.  Only graduates who submitted an RSVP will have their names read if they are watching online.  

Congratulations, and we'll see you Sunday, May 1!

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. 

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

Past virtual commencements have been archived for continued viewing.  


A Message from the Registrar's Office Regarding Diplomas

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 2022! 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: