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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.

Learn more about this semester's graduation ceremonies.

Commencement Traditions

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. 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.

Attendance at Graduation

All Graduates attend their Commencement Ceremony.  If a student has a conflict which prevents attending the Ceremony, the student must complete an In Absentia Form. The form can be found under the Graduation section
NOTE: If a graduate does not apply to graduate in absentia and does not attend Commencement, the diploma will be destroyed after six (6) months.

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. The 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.

  • Each guest, including children, may carry one approved clear bag, such as a one-gallon clear storage bag or clear purse no larger than 12" x 12" x 6". The following bags will be permitted inside the Cajundome & Convention Center and are subject to search.
    • Gallon size clear plastic storage bag.
    • Clear bag equal to or smaller than 12" x 12" x 6"
    • A clutch or purse smaller than 6.5" x 4.5" (does not have to be clear)
    • Equipment bag for necessary medical items.
    • Diaper bag for age-appropriate children accompanied by an adult.

DO NOT BRING: large purses, duffel bags, coolers, backpacks, fanny packs, mesh bags, or any bag larger than the permissible sizes mentioned above. Tinted or printed-pattern plastic bags are not clear, so they will not be permitted. Wrapped gifts or items that could block the view of others (i.e. large balloon, signs, etc.).

Gifts & Memorabilia


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


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