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Ceremony

Commencement is an exciting, and sometimes hectic day! Whether you are participating in the ceremony or cheering your graduate on, there's a chance you'll have questions about where to go and what to do. We invite you, your friends, your family, and members of the community to celebrate your graduation!

The Commencement Exercises for the Spring 2017 will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. Graduates for more information about the Commencement process please refer to the main Graduates page.

For information on the ceremonies, please refer to the Schedule & Locations for location information.

About Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is a profound rite of passage. The ceremony itself encompasses the history and tradition of the University. The University commends you for all of your hard-work and dedication to your academic studies. We are truly proud to have such accomplished Ragin' Cajun alumni and alumna. Commencement day is a joyous and celebratory day for both the University and our graduates.

After a pause for several years, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has reinstated one of its oldest and most cherished traditions - the General Commencement Ceremony. At the General Commencement Ceremony, all graduates will be in procession in one location. The decision to return to the General Commencement was to restore a tradition cherished by many previous graduates. This is a tradition many top universities around the world have celebrated for centuries. Seeing the entire graduating class in one centralized location speaks volumes of the graduates and is a beautiful sight for the University and family and friends of the graduates.

Recent graduates have also become accustomed to a more personal touch provided at the Academic College Ceremony. We are committed to continuing this tradition. To that effect, multiple consecutive ceremonies, by college, will be held on the same day, allowing each graduate to walk and be recognized by name.
 
In the Fall of 2012 the University unveiled new Commencement regalia and the University Ring. The two additions were introduced to customize the regalia and add to the tailored aura of  the Commencement Ceremony.