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Student Information for Graduation Ceremonies

Caps, gowns, other regalia | Invitations & Class RingsPlanning your arrival  |Commencement photos  |  Diplomas  |  Off Campus & Online Students  |  Webcast  |  

Caps, gowns and other regalia

Graduation caps and gowns are required for all commencement participants. This is a recognition ceremony that is optional and candidates should be appropriately attired. Undergraduate students earning University honors will be provided with an honor sash. Approved honor societies may provide optional regalia for their members to wear at commencement. It is the students' responsibility to attend GradFest in order to acquire the required regalia. Student should contact their honors societies regarding stoles, cords, or pins.  (Return to top)


Invitations & Class Rings

Click here to order order invitations, class rings, diploma frames, or personalized stoles from Jostens. (Return to top)


Planning your arrival

Graduating students must arrive at the scheduled line-up time in order to check in.  The academic lines will form by  degree level and depart for the ceremony promptly based on the marching time listed.  Students and guests should allow extra travel time due to traffic, parking, and potentially inclement weather.  

Commencement Photos

Candidates will be photographed as they cross the stage at the commencement ceremonies.  Private photographers are not allowed on the Commencement floor.  Flash photography is allowed from the stands. Proofs and information from the photographer (GradImages) will be sent to the students’ EKU email address after the ceremony. (Return to top)


Candidates will be recognized by name and will receive their diploma covers as they walk across stage at their commencement ceremony.  The Board of Regents approved conferral date for degrees in the Fall is December 31st, Spring is May 31st and Summer with the end of the summer term.  Actual diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks after degrees are conferred.  This allows time for grade processing, awarding of degrees, printing and packaging. For additional information regarding diplomas, go to the diploma page(Return to top)

Off Campus & Online Students

If you are an online or off campus student and will be attending the commencement ceremony, you may contact the EKU Barnes & Noble Bookstore to purchase your cap and gown and have it mailed to you.  Please contact the bookstore at 859-622-2696 to arrange for them to mail your regalia (an additional shipping charge will apply).  The bookstore will have a limited supply of regalia available in Alumni Coliseum at the ceremonies for purchase.  If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at for assistance.  

Live Webcast

Family members and friends who are unable to attend EKU's Commencement or College Convocations may view the ceremony via the Internet. A link to the live stream will be available at on the day of Commencement.


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