May 2018 Commencement Information

Registration Information

Registration for the May 2018 Commencement Ceremonies is open and will close on Monday, April 16th. Register here for commencement.

Location: Rupp Arena

Friday, May 4th:

  • 10:00 A.M. - College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, College of Communication & Information, College of Public Health, the Martin School of Public Policy & Administration, the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce
  • 2:00 P.M. - Gatton College of Business & Economics, College of Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy


Sunday, May 6th:

  • 10:00 A.M. - College of Arts & Sciences, College of Social Work, College of Design
  • 2:00 P.M. - College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Medicine

Graduation Receptions

The Harambee Celebration

May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. | Bluegrass Ballroom, Lexington Center

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony

April 25th 11 a.m.. - 2 p.m. | 301 Blazer Dining Hall

Graduates, drop by the Office of LGBTQ* Resources Community Room for light refreshments and to get a rainbow cord. Bring your cap or gown to have your photo taken. 

Please check with your college about graduation receptions they may hold as well.

More information about parking, caps & gowns can be found on the commencement website

*Commencement now combines undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. If you have any questions please email Lydia McManus at