The University of Kentucky will celebrate the accomplishments of December 2020 graduates with a virtual Commencement ceremony. Graduates from May and August 2020 are also invited to participate if they choose, however this ceremony is not a replacement for the traditional UK Commencement Ceremonies. Similar to this past May, the university is fully committed to honoring the December, August and May 2020 graduates at an appropriate time, when it can be done in a safe and healthy way.
Commencement is one of the best days of the year. The university deeply regrets that cannot celebrate the graduates in the same ways we have in the past. However, amid a global pandemic and COVID-19 cases increasing in Kentucky and other states, this was considered the best decision for our community.
The university has partnered with commencement vendor Marching Order to execute the virtual ceremony. Students who have applied to receive a degree in December will be contacted about registering to participate in the virtual Commencement. Approximately 2,000 students are expected to earn their diplomas this semester. The virtual ceremony will feature many of the same portions of an in-person Commencement.