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Graduation and Commencement

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!  As you prepare for your final semesters at The University of Akron, please review the step-by-step information provided here for important details regarding graduation and commencement. 

All communication regarding your degree progress and commencement activities will be sent to your UA e-mail account. 

All financial obligations to The University of Akron must be reconciled prior to degree candidacy (i.e., commencement program notation, ceremony attendance and degree conferral). 

Since there is no Summer commencement ceremony, Summer degree candidates have the option of attending either the Spring or Fall commencement ceremony in the same calendar year. Please note that your degree will be conferred at the end of the Summer semester regardless of the ceremony you choose to attend.

Questions? Contact us at graduation@uakron.edu.

The DPR is an online guide to assist you in reviewing your academic progress towards degree completion as well as being used in the final degree clearance process.  My DPR is accessible in your Student Center in My Akron.  

Based on your current academic record, My DPR will display your academic requirements including what requirements have been fulfilled and what needs to be satisfied in order to complete your degree.  Please see your academic advisor if you have questions regarding the course requirements shown in My DPR.     

In your Student Center in My Akron, review the information under the Finances section to ensure that you do not have any due charges.  Also review the Holds section to the right of your Student Center to ensure that you do not have any Library, Parking, or Accounts Receivable holds.   

All financial obligations to The University of Akron must be reconciled prior to degree candidacy (i.e., commencement program notation, ceremony attendance and degree conferral). 

Once your degree is posted, your diploma will be mailed to your DIPLOMA address.  If we do not have a diploma address for you at the time of mailing, your diploma will be mailed to your HOME address.  To ensure that your diploma is mailed to the correct address, make any necessary corrections to your DIPLOMA (and/or home) address via My Akron no later than the end of your graduating semester.

The degree and certificate graduation application deadlines are as follows:

Graduate degree candidates:

  • Spring 2019 June 2, 2018 – April 1, 2019
  • Summer 2019 September 1, 2018 – July 1, 2019
  • Fall 2019 January 1, 2019 – November 1, 2019

Undergraduate degree candidates:

  • Spring 2019 June 1, 2018 – December 1, 2018
  • Summer 2019 September 1, 2018 – April 1, 2019
  • Fall 2019 January 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019

Law degree candidates

  • Spring 2019 May 1, 2018 – October 1, 2018
  • Fall 2019 January 1, 2019 – May 1, 2019

To apply for graduation, log into My Akron and follow these instructions.  Please see your academic advisor if you have missed the application deadline.

Please note: In order for your name to be printed in the commencement program, your graduation application must be submitted prior to the following dates:

  • Spring commencement program - April 1
  • Fall commencement program - November 1

All Summer 2019 graduates and Fall 2019 graduate and undergraduate degree candidates choosing to attend commencement will be recognized in one of the two commencement ceremonies being held on Saturday, December 14, 2019. 

Review the Fall 2019 Commencement Information to see which time your college’s ceremony will be held as well as guest ticket distribution dates and times.

The commencement ceremony in which you participate depends upon the academic college from which you expect to earn your degree.  If you are earning multiple degrees, you are required to march with the highest degree and may only march once.

Check-in begins one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Students who arrive between 9:45am - 9:55am (morning ceremony) or 1:45pm - 1:55pm (afternoon ceremony) will be placed at the end of the processional. Students who arrive after 9:55am (morning ceremony) or 1:55pm (afternoon ceremony) will not be permitted to participate.

Ceremony Guest Information, which includes helpful information such as parking and seating, should be shared with family and friends.  Ceremonies are expected to last between 1½ - 2 hours. 

Law students should review the deadlines and details information for the School of Law commencement ceremony. 

Please read the following information before submitting your RSVP

All Summer 2019 graduates and Fall 2019 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates must submit a commencement ceremony RSVP no later than Sunday, December 1, 2019.  If you do not RSVP, it will be assumed that you do NOT plan to attend your commencement ceremony and guest tickets will NOT be reserved for you.

In order to obtain commencement ceremony guest tickets and to participate in your commencement ceremony, you must have applied for summer 2019 or fall 2019 graduation, expect to successfully complete all requirements of the degree for which you have applied and have reconciled all financial obligations to The University of Akron.

If you no longer plan to graduate at the conclusion of the term for which you applied for graduation, please contact the Office of the University Registrar at graduation@uakron.edu.

If there are circumstances for which you will need special accommodations on the day of your commencement ceremony (i.e., you will be unable to ascend or descend stairs), please contact Kim Haverkamp at 330-972-8411 or at kh1@uakron.edu with your request(s).

Given the limited seating capacity of E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, actual guest ticket availability for each ceremony will be based upon the number of RSVPs submitted by December 1, 2019.  It is anticipated that no fewer than five (5) ceremony guest tickets will be available for each attending degree candidate.  Communication regarding the details of guest ticket distribution will be sent to your UA email account no later than the end of business on Monday, December 2, 2019. Guest ticket distribution will take place on December 6, 7, and 9, 2019.

Remember to monitor your degree progress (available in My Akron).  Direct all questions regarding your degree progress to your academic advisor.

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All degree candidates attending the commencement ceremony must wear proper graduation regalia.  Caps and gowns are available for purchase online as well as at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Student Union and in the Polsky Building. 

Professional DVDs of your commencement ceremony may be ordered online

Want to proudly display your diploma from The University of Akron?  Diploma frames may be ordered online

Professional photographers from GradImagesTM take photographs of each degree candidate prior to the ceremony processional and while crossing the stage.   

A final audit of your academic record and student financial account will be conducted beginning one week after your graduating semester and can take up to four weeks following your graduation date. 

After all degree requirements have been verified as successfully completed and all financial obligations have been verified as reconciled, your degree will be posted and your diploma will be mailed to your DIPLOMA address.  If we do not have a diploma address for you at the time of mailing, your diploma will be mailed to your HOME address.

Undergraduate students should review information on Graduating with Honors.

Are you an alumni and your UA diploma has been lost or damaged?  Alumni may submit a Duplicate Diploma Request

At a Glance:

Fall 2019

Schedule details

Saturday 10 a.m. Ceremony
  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Commissioning

Saturday 2 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • Wayne College

General Information

Ceremony Guest Information

Commencement Programs

Duplicate Diploma Request

Graduating with Honors

Commencement DVD Orders 

Cap and Gown Order

Diploma Frame Order