Graduation & Degree Services
If you have questions about the commencement ceremony, please visit the Commencement website.
- Graduating with Honors
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 submit an application for graduation through UAOnline and pay the required fee.
Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.79 Magna Cum Laude 3.80 to 3.99 Summa Cum Laude 4.00
To be eligible to graduate with honors, associate and baccalaureate degree-seeking students must first earn a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher in all college work attempted at UAA.
A transfer student who is earning an associate's degree must complete a minimum of 15 resident credits with academic letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors. A transfer student who is earning a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 30 resident credits with academic letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors. All transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher in all college work attempted both at UAA and at all other institutions attended in order to graduate with honors.
At UAA, graduation with honors represents a student's entire academic history. All grades and credits earned will be included in determining eligibility to graduate with honors (Ds, Fs, retaken courses, courses lost in academic bankruptcy, etc.). In addition, a student transferring coursework and grades from an international institution must have a minimum of 70% of their coursework submitted with letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors.
Students will only be eligible to wear honor cords and be recognized in the commencement program as receiving university honors if their overall GPA at the end of the preceding semester is 3.5 or above. If students earn university honors after their final grades are submitted, they will have honors displayed on their diploma and academic transcript and may request an honor cord with their diploma.
Please note: The GPA on your transcript is not your final GPA for honors.
- Apply to GraduateStudents 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 (email@example.com) 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.
Application for graduation deadlines are the Friday before finals for the semester in which the student intends to graduate.
Please Note: 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.
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.
- About Petitions
Deviations from academic policies or requirements must be approved by academic petition. Please meet with your academic advisor to begin the petition process.
Each academic petition must be signed by the department chair of the student's major and the dean of the school/college (two different signatures minimally). The academic advisor's signature cannot count as one of the two required signatures.
All petitions requesting that transferred elective credit be accepted for degree requirements must be accompanied by catalog copy of the course description(s) from the institution of origin. Petitioned courses, other than those from UAF/UAS, must meet transfer credit guidelines for acceptance prior to final approval.
Final authority to deny or approve petitions pertaining to school or college requirements rests with the Dean or Director of the school or college. Petitions pertaining to general education requirements and/or general university requirements must, in addition, be processed through the Office of Academic Affairs, with final authority to approve or deny resting with the Provost. Students are notified of the decision at their preferred email address. The petition outcome is also documented in DegreeWorks.
Changes in course level, grading or number of credits awarded cannot be petitioned. UAA courses not on the approved baccalaureate (GER) list cannot be petitioned to meet a GER.
- About Your Diploma
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. An email will be sent to your preferred email address after your diploma has been printed and is available for pick up at the University Center. The email will also include instructions on how to request to mail your diploma if you are unable to pick it up. There is a $10 mailing fee.
If you intend to have another individual pick up your diploma, they will be required to:
- present a written signed letter of permission from you with a copy of your photo ID attached
- present their own photo ID to verify their identity
- Name on DiplomaThe name on your diploma will be the official name on file with the University at the time of printing. Diplomas are printed with first name, middle initial, last name. UAA will print full middle and maiden names upon request. Requests to print alternate versions of first names will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Concentrations and MinorsConcentrations and minors will not be printed on the diploma. Students earning a baccalaureate or master's degree may see their concentrations printed on their official transcript. If you or your advisor do not know if your concentration qualifies to appear on your official transcript per university policy, please contact email@example.com.
- Outstanding Balances
Students must satisfy all unpaid student account balances through the UAA Accounting Office before their diploma will be released.
- More Than One DegreeStudents who graduate with more than one degree (e.g. BA and BS) will receive a separate diploma for each degree awarded. A student who graduates with more than one major in a single degree (e.g., BBA Accounting and BBA Finance) will receive one diploma with the exception of those students who are admitted into the programs separately (submitted separate applications for admission and separate applications for graduation).
- Replacement DiplomasApplication for Replacement Diploma Graduates wishing to order a replacement diploma for a change of name must submit a Request for Change Form along with documentation.
A Change Form is typically processed within seven business days. An Application for Replacement Diploma will be processed within five business days or after the Change Form has been processed, if applicable.
All replacement diplomas will be printed with current University President, Chancellor, and Chair of the Board of Regents signatures and will have the words, "Replacement Diploma issued (date)" printed under the university seal.
At the end of one year, any unclaimed/returned diplomas will be shredded. If you believe that your diploma has been shredded, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further instruction.
- Additional Information
- 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 email@example.com. 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 here. 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?
- 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
-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. 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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 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 email@example.com 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 UAOnline, 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.
- Should I apply to graduate with an Occupational Endorsement Certificate?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.
- Incomplete GradesYour 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 CreditIf 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 ScoresIf 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 CompletionGraduate 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 TranscriptOnce 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.
- Can I walk at Commencement in May?
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Contact Degree Services:
University of Alaska Anchorage
Office of the Registrar, Degree Services
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508