Graduating this spring? Eight things you need to know

Graduating this spring? Eight things you need to know
March 11, 2015 Elena Sudduth

Seniors looking forward to collecting a degree this semester found advice at Tuesday’s Graduation Fair. In case you missed that Wood Center session, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Apply for graduation.If you haven’t already done so, you have to do it this week. It was $50 before February 15 and there is an extra $30 late fee if you apply now, but  is the hard deadline. You will not be able to graduate this spring without it.
  2. Review DegreeWorks. This is an electronic degree audit that lets you track your academic progress. Talk to your adviser about any missing requirements.
  3. Order invitations. Multiple packages, starting at $93.20 are available here.
  4. Order class rings. The prices range from $489 to $749
  5. Order a Cap and Gown by April 5. Caps and gowns (and, if you’re a graduate student, hoods) must be purchased well before commencement. If you’re getting a certificate or an associate or bachelor’s degree, you’ll wear a black gown. Master’s degree candidates wear a black gown with velvet trim and their hood to the ceremony; PhD candidates receive their hood on stage. Certificate/Associate cap/gown/tassel: $42
 Bachelor’s cap/gown/tassel: $42
Master’s hood/ cap/gown/tassel: $73 
Doctoral cap/gown/tassel: $50
  6. RSVP for commencement by April 27.
  7. Attend rehearsal at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, in the Carlson Center, 2010 2nd Ave. There will be a walk-through of the event so everyone knows where and how the line-up will happen. Students will have the opportunity to talk with the announcer about the pronunciation of first and last names. You can write a phonetic spelling of your name on your reader card if your name is difficult to pronounce.
  8. Come to the commencement. Arrive at the Carlson Center on Sunday, May 10, between noon and 12:20 p.m. Commencement line-up and roll call for students is at 12:30 p.m.


Elena Sudduth
Elena is a senior journalism student who transferred to UAF from the State University of Moldova. She is passionate about cultural and social aspects of life. A journalist's job is, in her perspective, to bring up issues that are important, even if they are uncomfortable.

1 Comment

  1. Karen Simmons 3 years ago

    Perfect preparation list, Elena. I think most students looking to graduate in May likely missed the Wood Center meeting. I know I did. This blog post touches on all the little things to be taken care of before then in a simple and engaging write-up. It seems like you took advantage of what we talked about last class – which headlines and stories news consumers are interested in. Lists seemed to be one of those reoccurring interest trends.

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