University of Kentucky

Calling all December 2017 graduates! Finalize all your Commencement needs in one stop! Representatives will be on hand to assist students in making final graduation selections for the following:

  • Purchase an official custom cap, gown and tassel.
  • Verify there are no stops or holds on your graduation records.
  • Obtain career information and employment resources.
  • Register to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
  • Seniors with student loans will receive information on exit counseling.
  • Order an official University of Kentucky class ring.
  • Purchase a University of Kentucky diploma frame.
  • Order official personalized graduation announcements.
  • Support a Big Blue tradition with a gift to the University of Kentucky.
  • Be part of a new UK Tradition and order a Wildcat Alumni Plaza Paver.
  • Sign up to become a member of the UK Alumni Association at a special rate of $25 per year for new grads.

Questions? Please contact Sara-Elizabeth Bush at or 859-257-8700. See below for answers to frequently asked questions.

For information regarding Commencement ceremonies, please visit

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Grad Salute FAQs

Q. How long does it take to walk through Grad Salute?
A. It takes between 15 to 45 minutes to visit all Grad Salute vendors. For a quicker visit, we encourage you to come earlier in the week.

Q. Are credit cards accepted as a form of payment?
A. All vendors accept credit cards as a form of payment.

Q. Do the vendors accept personal checks as a form of payment?
A. Yes they do, however, we have various vendors for each item so you will need to bring more than one check with you.

Q. How much money do I need to bring?
A. Cost varies depending on what you select, but the basic cap, gown, and tassel package is $45 (for undergraduate students).

Q. Is there parking available at Grad Salute?
A. The only parking lot available behind the King Alumni House is an E lot, so parking is unavailable without an employee pass. Commuters may park in Parking Structure #5 located on S. Limestone by Kennedy’s bookstore or use the parking meters in the Student Center parking lot. Visit UK Parking & Transportation Services for a full listing of available visitor parking.

Q. Are parents allowed to come to Grad Salute?
A. Yes, parents are allowed to attend Grad Salute along with you.

Q. What if I am graduating in May/August/December?
A. The UK Alumni Association hosts a two-day Grad Salute in the fall for those graduating in December and a four-day Grad Salute for those graduating in the spring. August graduates may choose whether to attend Grad Salute in the spring or fall based on when they plan to participate in Commencement.

Q. What if I cannot attend Grad Salute?
A. If you cannot attend Grad Salute at all you will need to obtain graduation items on your own from each individual vendor. To check for stops and holds on your graduation you will need to visit the Registrar’s Office. To purchase your cap and gown you will need to visit the UK bookstore or order online here. Shop early to make sure that you get your size in the official regalia. To order diploma frames click here. To purchase a UK class ring click here. To become a member of the UK Alumni Association visit here. Make a gift to any college or program of your choice by going to Select a fund from the drop-down menu for Gift designation. To register for the Commencement ceremony, please visit

Q. Will flowers be available to purchase at graduation?
A. Yes. Grad Flowers will have a table set up in which you can purchase flowers for your graduate. You can also order in advance online: