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Graduates

In preparation for your Commencement ceremony there are several things that graduates need to do and be informed on. Please use the below information as beginning guide to aid you in taking care of all of the details. Make sure to prepare and share the appropriate information with your family and guest to ensure that the final celebration is on you will cherish for a lifetime! Please refer to the Schedule & Locations for information on all ceremonies.

Before Commencement


Apply for Graduation

Potential candidates should proactively view the Academic Calendar to review University deadlines to apply for their degree. These deadlines are firm and in place to ensure the ordering of diplomas and Commencement programs for graduates. Candidates can apply online for graduation via ULink.

Grad Expo (Invitations, Regalia, etc.)

The Alumni Association, Registrar's Office, and the Ragin' Cajun Store host the Grad Expo for all graduates to attend as a one-stop shop their commencement needs. Information on Grad Expo is sent to all candidates who apply. At Expo, graduates can expect to do the following: Order cap and gown (pick-up and payment at later date), order personalized announcements and invitations, order official Louisiana Ring, receive information on the UL Alumni Association, and much more!

Tickets

Some College Ceremonies require tickets for attendance. Please note that this is subject to change and graduates will receive information from their Academic Dean's office if such ticketing is required. Tickets are not required for the attendance of General Assembly. All families, guest, and members of the community are welcomed to attend!

Disability Services for Graduates

Degree candidates with disabilities, who need accommodations to participate in their College Ceremony/General Assembly are asked to please make timely contact with their Academic Dean's Office.


Commencement Details


Schedule of Events

The Commencement Schedule can be viewed here on the site. We ask that you check the schedule in entirety to ensure that no event times/venues have changed from previous. 

Assembly of Graduates
Spring & Fall Graduates

For the individual college ceremonies, candidates for degree should be in the appropriate assembly area to organize for the procession according to the prescribed times in the information provided by the graduate’s college.

All graduates (Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degree candidates) will be required to attend the 11:00 a.m. General Assembly in full regalia. Doctoral candidates will be hooded and will have their degrees conferred at the General Assembly. Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree candidates will also be required to attend the commencement ceremony of their respective college where their degrees will be conferred.

Information regarding individual College Ceremonies and General Assembly is sent to all graduates by the Registrar’s Office by email.  If you have not received information regarding graduation 2 – 3 weeks prior to the ceremony or have questions about the information received, please contact the University Registrar’s Office

Summer Graduates
All graduates (Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates) will be required to attend the 11:00 a.m. Ceremony in full regalia.  ALL degree candidates will be conferred at the Ceremony.

Appropriate Dress

Commencement is an academic event and all participants are required to wear the University approved Cap and Gown. Dark clothing and shoes are recommended; this will coordinate with the custom academic gowns. Graduates are also encouraged not to bring bags and purses, if possible.

Commencement Security 

To ensure the safety of students, staff and family members attending the Commencement Exercises, increased security measures will be implemented by the University. University Police will examine the contents of all purses, bags, packages, etc. of persons entering any of the commencement venues. Also, anyone carrying large purses, bags, etc., will not be permitted to enter any building where a commencement ceremony is being held. Finally, all graduates will be directed to specific entrances and only designated entrances will be open to the public. The University's goal is to ensure the safety and security of everyone attending commencement, without in any way detracting from the main purpose of this event, which is to recognize and celebrate the graduates.

Special Needs

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette tries to accommodate all persons with disabilities. If you have a disability that may require special arrangements, please notify your academic dean no later than fourteen (14) days in advance of commencement. There will be designated areas for family and friends in each venue for special seating.

Alumni Status/Needs


Alumni Association Membership

A graduating student becomes an active member of the UL Lafayette Alumni free for one year, compliments of the Alumni Association.  However, it is up to the graduate to contact the Alumni Office to maintain his/her active membership.  The graduate must complete the membership form which will be included in the packet issued on graduation day.

Job Placement

Career Services, located in the Conference Center, Rm. 104, (337) 482-1444, assists graduates in finding full-time and post-graduate employment. 


Gifts & Memorabilia


Official Class Ring

Commemorate you achievement by purchasing the official class ring.

Flowers/Photography

Flowers
Families and guest will have an opportunity to purchase flowers and gifts for their grads at each venue.

Photography/Video
Official graduation pictures and video and will be taken the day of the event.

Ragin' Cajun Store

The Ragin' Cajun Story is proud to have a presence at the Cajundome for grads and guest to purchase their Official Ragin' Cajun gear!