Graduation and Commencement
December 2021 Ceremony Information
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
All communication regarding your degree progress and commencement activities will be sent to your UA email 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). Also, if the University is required to modify or change commencement plans due to COVID-19 safety protocols, messages will be sent via email ASAP.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE (September 29, 2021)
Summer and Fall 2021 graduates/degree candidates will be recognized in one of two ceremonies on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in the James A. Rhodes Arena.
Details can be found below under “Commencement ceremony information.” Additional information regarding graduate RSVP and ticket distribution will be shared once details become available.
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). 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.
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 email@example.com.
The degree and certificate graduation application deadlines are as follows:
Graduate degree candidates:
- Spring 2021: June 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021
- Summer 2021: September 1, 2020 – July 1, 2021
- Fall 2021: January 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021
- Spring 2022: June 1, 2021 – April 1, 2022
Undergraduate degree candidates:
- Spring 2021: June 1, 2020 – December 1, 2020
- Summer 2021: September 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021
- Fall 2021: January 1, 2021 – July 1, 2021
- Spring 2022: June 1, 2021 – December 1, 2021
Law degree candidates
- Spring 2021: June 1, 2020 – October 1, 2020
- Fall 2021: January 1, 2021 – May 1, 2021
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 2021 graduates/degree candidates will be recognized in one of two ceremonies on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in the James A. Rhodes Arena:
- Saturday, December 11, 2021 ♦ Students and guests must plan to arrive no later than 8am
- Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences
- U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Commissioning
- Saturday, December 11, 2021 ♦ Students and guests must plan to arrive no later than 12pm
- College of Business Administration
- College of Health & Human Sciences
- College of Engineering & Polymer Science
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.
Candidates who plan to attend their commencement ceremony are reminded that they will have access to five (5) guests tickets each.
Additional details can be found in the Ceremony Guest Information document
Summer and Fall 2021 graduates/degree candidates have been sent communication via their UA email inviting them to RSVP for their commencement ceremony and reserve their guest tickets. The deadline for students to submit their RSVP is Monday, November 15, 2021 at 5pm.
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.
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.