Graduation Ceremony Checklist



The countdown is ON!  Our Commencement Checklist is your guide to the 5 simple steps required for graduation and commencement participation. 



  Apply for your degree

Commencement is NOT the same as graduation. Applying for your degree (graduation) is a separate process from RSVP-ing for the graduation ceremony (commencement). All candidates for graduation, whether or not participating in commencement, must apply for their degrees. For Fall 2023 degrees, the application period is August 25 - November 14, 2023. 


To access the degree application, log into ULink, click the  tile, then click "Degree Application" on the left.


  RSVP for the commencement ceremony

Once you've applied for your degree, it's time to RSVP for commencement on December 15!  We use the information you provide to display your name, college, and degree on the video monitors and livestream, so it's important that you complete the RSVP on time in order to be properly recognized at the ceremony. We will print a custom name call card which will be given to you in the Student Check-In room at the KFC YUM! Center that will have a unique QR code to be scanned as you cross the stage. If you have a name that may be difficult to pronounce, there is also a field in the RSVP where you may provide the correct pronunciation of your name.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE RSVP FORM. The deadline to submit is December 1, 2023. If you do not submit your RSVP before December 1, you may still walk in the ceremony, but the video monitor and livestream will display "Congratulations, Graduate" instead of your name, college and hard-earned degree.


  Order your cap & gown

All graduates participating in commencment are required to wear the custom University of Louisville academic regalia sold by Jostens. The deadline to order is November 3, 2023 to guarantee home delivery in time for the December 15 ceremony. For ordering information and links, click on the SHOP link to the left.

  View the Virtual Rehearsal

Know where to go! We strongly encourage all grads to view the brief Virtual Rehearsal Video, where we provide a visual guide to where grads and their guests need to go, and what to do when arriving at the KFC YUM! Center on the Big Day. Click the Virtual Rehearsal link to the left, or here to view on Youtube.

  Get ceremony information

Parking? Program books? Accessibility questions? You have questions, we have answers! Check our website for all the latest information and updates. Be sure to share our website with your family and friends so they will know how they can celebrate your Big Day with you - either in-person or virtually via our livestream. You may also email us at for assistance.