Whether or not pomp and circumstance is your scene, you’ll need to apply to graduate to receive all degrees, credentials, and diplomas.

Let's Get You to Graduation!

What’s a finish line without a party? You’ve almost got your degree, and we’ve got a party waiting for YOU. As part of your graduation application, you’ll also select if you want to walk across the stage to receive your diploma holder at your school or college’s convocation. After you’ve applied to graduate, you can ORDER YOUR CAP AND GOWN and get ready to party!

 

 
 
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Commencement

Event Details: Commencement is held for all UVU graduates to join together on graduation day, to celebrate your huge achievement! President and other key note speakers address the graduating class and congratulate all the graduates on their hard work. The ceremony also includes a processional march, pomp and circumstance, and the awarding of honorary degrees. All graduates will stand together to officially move their tassels and graduate from Utah Valley University!

Class of 2023-2024 Ceremony Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Class of 2024-2025 Ceremony Date: Thursday, May 1, 2025

Time: Ceremony begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.  To view the Graduate Processional March, guests should be in their seats by 6:00 p.m.

Location: UVU Main Campus in the UCCU Event Center

*No tickets required.

SPRING 2023 Commencement Program (list of Graduates Names)

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Commencement Processional

UVU’s graduation processional is the event that officially kicks off our commencement ceremonies. You’ll join your classmates in a celebratory walk through the halls of UVU and into the UCCU Center, where you’ll take your seats to “Pomp and Circumstance” before the commencement program begins.

Graduates, plan to arrive dressed in your graduation regalia. You'll be organized into several single-file lines, each led by your school or department. At 6:00 p.m. sharp, the bagpipers will begin the processional. Graduates will walk down the Hall of Flags through the Pope Science Building and turn to the UCCU Center at the Liberal Arts Building crossroads. Graduates will enter the UCCU Center and proceed to their seats.

Class of 2023-2024 Ceremony Dates: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Class of 2024-2025 Ceremony Dates: Thursday, May 1, 2025

Time: Arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Location: UVU Fugal Gateway Building

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President’s Reception

All graduates are invited to meet with UVU President: Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez.

Tuminez was appointed the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018; she is the first woman to serve as the institution’s full-time president. She brings to UVU a broad and rich experience in academia, philanthropy, technology, and business.

What to expect: There will be an organized line up at the event. Please know that each meeting with President Tuminez will be brief, to allow for as many graduates as possible to meet with President.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

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Convocation Event Details

Event Details: Each school and college will gather their specific graduates. Each student will walk across the stage as your name is formally announced and receive your UVU diploma cover. You will also hear briefly from key note speakers from your college or school, see your professors and proudly hear as family and friends cheer you on. You're graduating!

*No tickets required.

Class of 2023-2024 Ceremony Dates: Thursday & Friday, May 2-3, 2024

Class of 2024-2025 Ceremony Dates: Thursday & Friday, May 1-2, 2025

Times and Locations: See your school and college's Convocation details below for your specific date, time and location.

Woodbury School of Business

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Locations: UVU Main Campus, at the UCCU Event Center (EC)

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Date: TBD

Times: TBD

Location: UVU Main Campus, at the Clarke Building (CB)

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Graduation Book

Valedictorian

School of the Arts

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: UVU Main Campus, at the Rebecca Lockhart Arena (RL)

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Valedictorian

College of Health and Public Service

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: UVU Main Campus, at the UCCU Event Center (EC)

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Valedictorian

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College of Science

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: UVU Main Campus, at the UCCU Event Center (EC)

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Valedictorian

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Smith College of Engineering and Technology

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: UVU Main Campus, at the UCCU Event Center (EC)

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School of Education

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: UVU Main Campus, at the UCCU Event Center (EC)

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Valedictorian

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Valedictorians 2023

 

Each school and college selects outstanding UVU students to represent their college or school class as valedictorian. Visit the Valedictorians 2023 page to learn more about your school or college’s selected valedictorians.

Additional Ceremony Information

Wondering about parking, accessibility services, and other day-of details? Look no further!

 

UVU Campus Maps

To find the right graduation event locations quickly, please use the following UVU Campus maps to locate the correct buildings.

UVU Campus Maps

The primary locations of the ceremonies, including the UCCU Center, the Lockhart Arena, and the Clarke Building, are indicated with stars below.

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Parking on Campus

Guests and graduates can park in any legal parking space on campus for free on the days of commencement and convocation. Any cars parked illegally will be ticketed.

Parking Map

The lots closest to the event location are indicated below.

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Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services accommodations are available for those needing sign language interpreters, wheelchairs, etc.

To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for UVU events, please call 801-863-5300 (this number is ONLY for an accommodation due to a disability and not for tickets) at least 48 hours prior to the event. You can also send an email to AccessibilityServices@uvu.edu. Please submit ASL Interpreting requests at least 48 hours in advance; requests can be texted to 385-208-2677.

Accessibility Services on Campus

Security and Safety

There will be security checks at the commencement ceremony, so we urge guests to plan for a little extra time to make it through these checkpoints.

The UCCU Center has an EMT on location for all major events. The EMT is not allowed to administer any medication (i.e., aspirin, ibuprofen). EMTs will call an ambulance if the situation requires one. If you need an EMT during an event, please speak to a staff member, and they will locate them.

Emergency Evacuations: In an emergency, the UCCU Center staff will assist patrons with evacuating the building.

Photo Op Locations

There are so many great spots around campus to take photos on this momentous day! Several dedicated photo ops are set up, along with key landmarks around campus.

We’ve marked several photo op locations, but feel free to take pictures anywhere you’d like. Just don’t forget to use #UVUGrad if you post them on social media!

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Ceremony Dress Code

Graduates will wear their required graduation regalia (Bought yours yet?). Grads are encouraged to wear business attire under their regalia. Guests are encouraged to wear smart casual dress (jeans OK, pajamas probably not).

Guests should avoid clothing that could potentially distract other guests or diminish the ability of other guests to enjoy the event — so leave the three-foot-tall top hat at home.

What to Bring?

For Graduates: 

  • Yourself! Make sure to wear your graduation regalia, plus any additional accessories you’d like.

For Guests

  • Guests should avoid bringing:
    • Air horns or other artificial noisemakers
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Any food or drink (including bottled water)
    • Balloons
    • Cans or containers
    • Fireworks
    • Glass
    • Laser pens/pointers
    • Plastic bottles
    • Signs and banners
    • Umbrellas
    • Audio or video recording devices
    • Wallet chains, studded spikes, or long chains
    • Weapons (knives, guns, etc.)

Special Note: Utah Valley University and the UCCU Center reserve the right to inspect all items brought into campus facilities. Guests who refuse to consent to searches will be denied entry into the arena or other parts of campus.

Participating in the Processional

UVU’s graduation processional is the event that officially kicks off our commencement ceremonies. You’ll join your classmates in a celebratory walk through the halls of UVU and into the UCCU Center, where you’ll take your seats to “Pomp and Circumstance” before the commencement program begins.

Plan to arrive at the Fugal Gateway Building by 5:30 p.m., dressed in graduation regalia. This will provide you with plenty of time to find a place in the processional lineup.  You'll be organized into several single-file lines, each led by your school or department.

At 6 p.m. sharp, the bagpipers will start playing, and the processional will begin. Graduates will proudly walk down the Hall of Flags through the Pope Science Building. UVU faculty and staff will cheer for the graduates, joining the processional as it progresses.   

The processional will turn toward the UCCU Center at the Liberal Arts Building crossroads. Graduates will enter the UCCU Center and   proceed to their seats. 

So, get ready to don your cap and gown and join the proud graduates who have come before you. This is your moment to shine, and we can't wait to see you take your place in the convocation processional. See you at the Fugal Gateway Building at 5:30 p.m. sharp!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Check our FAQ page.

UVU Graduation FAQ Page

Thank you for making UVU the place for you

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