Graduation checklist

Close to graduating? Here’s what you need to do to get in that cap and gown.

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.     

Financial Obligations

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). If a financial obligation exists at the time of degree conferral, your graduation application will be cancelled. 

Diploma Mailing Address

Once your degree and/or certificate is posted to your academic record, it will be mailed to your DIPLOMA address.  If we do not have a diploma address for you at the time of mailing, your diploma/certificate will be mailed to your HOME address.  To ensure that your diploma/certificate 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.  If a DIPLOMA address does not exist on your record, click on the “Add A New Address” button and follow the instructions. 

Your Name

In your Student Center in My Akron under the Personal Information section, click on the Names link and review your Primary Name Type.  Your Primary Name is what will appear on your diploma and/or certificate.  Please note that we do not include prefixes such as Mr. or Mrs. on the diploma/certificate.

If you have had a legal name change and you want your new name to appear on your diploma/certificate, please complete the Legal Biographical Information Update form and submit it to the Office of the University Registrar no later than the end of your graduating semester.

If you have questions regarding how your name will appear on your diploma, please contact us at registrar@uakron.edu.

The degree and certificate graduation application deadlines are as follows:

Graduate degree candidates:

  • Fall 2022:  January 1, 2022 – November 1, 2022
  • Spring 2023:  June 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023
  • Summer 2022:  September 1, 2022 – July 1, 2023
  • Fall 2023: January 1, 2023– November 1, 2023

Undergraduate degree candidates:

  • Fall 2022:  January 1, 2022 – July 1, 2022
  • Spring 2023:  June 1, 2022 – December 1, 2022
  • Summer 2023:  September 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023
  • Fall 2023: January 1, 2023 – July 1, 2023

Law degree candidates

  • Fall 2022:  January 1, 2022 – May 1, 2022
  • Spring 2023:  June 1, 2022 – October 1, 2022

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

Summer and Fall 2022 degree candidates will be recognized in one of two ceremonies on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the James A. Rhodes Arena.

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Graduate arrival time - 8:00 a.m.
Doors open for guest seating - 8:00 a.m.
Processional/Ceremony Start - 9:00 a.m.

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
ROTC Commissioning

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Graduate arrival time - 12:00 p.m.
Doors open for guest seating - 12:00 p.m.
Processional/Ceremony start - 1:00 p.m.

College of Engineering and Polymer Science
College of Health & Human Sciences

Degree candidates will be sent communication via their UA email inviting them to RSVP for their commencement ceremony and reserve their guest tickets.

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.   

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.    

When details of the live webcast for the Fall Commencement ceremonies have been finalized, information will be posted here. In the days leading up to the ceremony, a link will be posted to the appropriate page for accessing the live stream.

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