Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is commencement?

University-wide commencement is Friday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

I am a Masters degree candidate. How do I know what ceremony to attend?

Masters level students participate with the school/college where you take your classes, not the Graduate School. You will attend the University-wide ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on December 16th. 

Will there be a rehearsal?

No in-person rehearsal will be held. An informational video presentation is available here

How many guests may attend? Are tickets required? 

Commencement will be a non-ticketed event. Graduates may invite an unlimited number of guests to attend. 

When will the doors open? How long will the ceremony last? 

Doors will open 90 minutes before the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. 

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes, absolutely. We love to see your creativity! Be sure to use #UofLGrads2022

What information do you have on parking?

Parking is located onsite in the arena garage along with many other parking garages, surface lots, and on street metered parking in the area. Parking costs are the responsibility of the graduate or guest. All parking is available on a first come, first served basis. The University is not liable for parking fees or damage to vehicle. 

How do I order a cap and gown? 

Graduates are required to wear UofL’s official cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Students should visit the ordering page for detailed information.

Will I have to walk-through metal detectors upon entering the facility? What about bag search requirements?

Yes. All individuals arriving at the facility will pass through metal detectors upon arriving at the facility. Please allow a few extra minutes for entering the facility. All bags will be searched upon entry. Bags may be no larger than 14” X 14” X 6" and a clutch may only be 9” X 7”. Please also note that balloons are prohibited

Will there be areas for my guests with disabilities?

Yes. Americans With Disabilities Act accessible seating areas are available. All seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Additionally, the fan assist wheelchair escort program will be available. Upon arrival at the venue, any venue staff with a radio can contact fan assist for you. A staff member will meet you in the lobby with a wheelchair they will use to escort you to your seat. You may contact them at 502-609-9034 when you are ready to be picked up and returned to the lobby. If you plan to use this service, please allow extra time for entry. Should you need assistance, their office will be staffed during the event located by section 103 on the Main Concourse. 

Is there a dress code?

There is not a dress code for guests. Graduates must wear the official UofL cap & gown to participate in the ceremony. We encourage students to wear appropriate footwear. While there are no restrictions on footwear, be mindful that you will be walking on many different surfaces and navigating stairs or a ramp. 

Will concession stands be open?

Beverages and a limited selection of snacks will be available.

Will restrooms be open?


May I save seats for my friends who are also graduating?

No. To minimize crowding, if you want to sit with your friends, you must arrive together.

Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes. The link is here.

What about photos?

Our photography partner, ProPics, will be onsite photographing the ceremony. Each student will be photographed as they cross the stage and will also have a graduate portrait taken after crossing the stage. Each graduate will receive one free 5X7 photograph. To make sure Pro Pics has the most accurate contact information to send your photo proofs and free print, please visit to fill out your information.

Do I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No. The Registrar’s Office will send graduates an e-mail notice when diplomas become available. This usually takes 8-10 weeks following the ceremony. 

When will my degree post to my transcript?

Academic units have one month to approve degrees. Once a degree is approved it will post to your transcript.

Where can I buy a class ring?

Class rings may be ordered from the Jostens online ordering site. Promotional pricing is available at the Countdown to Commencement event. Please see the calendar of events page for additional details. 

Where can I buy a Commencement video?

The University’s information technology staff will provide video services at the commencement ceremony. The ceremony livestream is available on the University's Youtube channel. For additional video questions, please contact Mike Peak at  

Diploma questions?

Diplomas usually arrive in the Registrar's Office approximately 8 weeks after commencement.  You will be contacted via e-mail once the diplomas are available. If you have a question regarding your degree application or diploma, visit the Registrar's website or contact the Office of the Registrar at 502-852-6522 .  You may also send an e-mail regoff 

When will my degree be posted on my transcript?

Most degrees are posted on transcripts one month after commencement. You can check your unofficial transcript from the UofL web site:  Unofficial Transcript This service provides  unofficial transcripts of  course work between Fall 1982 to the present.


Commencement ceremony information will be posted and updated periodically on this website.