Your protection and that of our community remains a top priority. We will continue to monitor health conditions in close collaboration with public health authorities. We ask you please remain flexible.

Class of 2020

We remain committed to celebrating you in the future. The ceremonies to take place in May 2021 will be specific to those who graduated in the following terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Winter 2021. It was made clear last spring from feedback surveys that the Class of 2020 wants and deserves its own experience.

Class of 2020, we have not forgotten you. The University of Arizona remains committed to honoring you in the future with a unique celebration.

Class of 2021

Updated as of April 6, 2021

Students must have graduated or will graduate in the following terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Winter 2021. Students must work with their academic advisor and/or graduation advisor to ensure they are on track for graduation and have applied to graduation. An RSVP form will be sent out in the following weeks, and students will need to RSVP if they plan to attend. There will also be a required testing protocol with details to be shared in the coming weeks.

Yes, all faculty and students taking part in the graduation ceremony are required to wear regalia.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

You may order cap and gowns online at the UA Bookstore.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

We encourage graduates to decorate mortarboards and post their designs on social media using #BearDownGrad. However, do not decorate your mask as that could make your mask less effective. If you arrive with a decorated mask, you will be provided a surgical mask to wear underneath your decorated mask.

In-person participation is completely optional and does not affect your graduation status. Please refer to Graduation Services in the Office of the Registrar for questions regarding requirements for completion of your specific degree program.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

Yes. Graduating students studying remotely have the option to attend their ceremony virtually or in-person. Students who are attending virtually must still RSVP in order for their name to be called. Those who would like to attend in-person will receive information in the coming weeks regarding arrival, quarantine, and testing requirements.

Yes. Ceremony participation, in any form, is completely optional and does not affect your graduation status. Please refer to Graduation Services in the Office of the Registrar for questions regarding requirements for completion of your specific degree program.

Diplomas will be mailed directly to the student’s diploma address listed in UAccess between two and four weeks after the conferral date. Please note: the conferral date is the date on which your degree is officially awarded, it is not your ceremony date. For more information, please refer to the diploma information page from the Office of the Registrar.

Celebrations are scheduled to take place daily from May 11th to May 18th. For exact dates and times for each college’s ceremony, please view the Ceremonies page.

Graduation ceremonies will be held at Arizona Stadium and the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center. For more information, view the Ceremonies page.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

In-person, RSVP to your relevant ceremonies here: commencement.arizona.edu/ceremonies, and follow the instructions to attend in venue with your peers.

Online, RSVP to your relevant ceremonies here: commencement.arizona.edu/ceremonies, to ensure your name is called during the ceremony. Then bookmark commencement.arizona.edu to watch the live stream. All ceremonies will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing.

If you do not RSVP, you will not be able to attend in person, and your name will not be called. However, you can still watch the online ceremony at commencement.arizona.edu.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

Each ceremony will be approximately 90-120 minutes long.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

Yes, there will be opportunities for professional photographs of each graduate at the ceremonies.

Limited attendance, staggered check-in, physical distancing during entry and exit, physically distanced seating (including on the field for ceremonies in Arizona stadium), required PPE (i.e., masks) for all in attendance from volunteers and staff to the graduates, a shortened ceremony and other precautionary measures will be in place for the continued protection of the health and safety of those in attendance.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

Yes, masks must be worn at all times for Spring 2021 graduation ceremonies in addition to social distancing.

Yes, all graduates must complete the Wildcat WellCheck on the day of their ceremony. In order to enter the ceremony, graduates will need to show a green wellcheck checkmark on Wildcat OneStop.

Updated as of April 9, 2021

Yes. Students must provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to participate in an in-person graduation ceremony.

It is strongly recommended that all graduates take a free rapid antigen test in the UArizona testing system no more than 72 hours prior to your ceremony and no later than noon the day before your ceremony. These are strict deadlines as they will ensure your test results are ready in time for your ceremony.

Appointments will be required and made widely available to graduates. More details will be provided to graduates shortly.

If you are unable to take a test through the UArizona testing system, you may submit a negative test result from an off-campus testing center such as Walgreens, CVS, county testing site, etc. You must take a test no more than 72 hours prior to your ceremony, and a negative test result must be uploaded and received prior to the event.

A link will be provided to upload a photo or screenshot as proof of an off-campus negative test. We recommend you keep the hard copy or photo of your test result as a backup.

Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

Students who do not meet the testing or vaccination criteria outlined here will not be allowed entry to graduation and must participate virtually. 

Updated as of April 9, 2021

Full vaccination is achieved two weeks after receiving your second/final dose. Graduates who will be two weeks post-second/final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine must upload their vaccination record to Campus Health for review. 

Once your vaccination record has been verified, you will not be required to test for graduation. A green VX icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop once your vaccination record has been verified. This record must be uploaded at least three days prior to your graduation ceremony.

Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

Students who do not meet the testing or vaccination criteria outlined here will not be allowed entry to graduation and must participate virtually. 

Updated as of April 9, 2021

Students who have had a positive PCR or antigen test result 14 - 90 days prior to the ceremony will not be required to test. 

If your positive test result was received from a UArizona test site, your graduation testing exemption will be granted automatically. If you tested positive at an off-campus testing site, you must upload your off-campus test result for review by Campus Health.

This record must be uploaded at least three days prior to your graduation ceremony. 

Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

Students who do not meet the testing or vaccination criteria outlined here will not be allowed entry to graduation and must participate virtually. 

Families and Guests

Updated as of April 6, 2021

On April 6, President Robbins announced that four guests per graduate will be allowed to attend the ceremonies. We will also host a live stream of the ceremonies on our website, commencement.arizona.edu, so those who do not travel can share your big moment.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

We are working to accommodate up to 4 guests per graduate. As part of the RSVP process, students are responsible for indicating how many guests they are bringing.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

Yes, tickets will be required to enter each venue. Students will be responsible for picking up their guest’s tickets prior to the event.

Updated as of April 6, 2021

No. Tickets are non-transferable so that we maintain occupancy limits under current health guidelines.

Updated as of April 14, 2021

Guests will not be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test to attend. However, guests will be expected to follow public health guidelines to protect all event participants. We are committed to the health and safety of our graduates and their guests. Therefore, if public health conditions change, we reserve the right to revoke the guest policy and/or modify the graduation ceremony to be a fully virtual experience.

Please carefully review the following guest guidelines:

  • Guests will be required to complete the Wildcat WellCheck for Visitors prior to arriving at the event.
  • Guests are not permitted to attend the event if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We strongly recommend that, when possible, guests be fully vaccinated before attending graduation. Full vaccination is achieved two weeks after receiving your second/final dose.
  • Please understand that making arrangements for travel carries inherent risk. For guests who are traveling to Tucson, we strongly recommend following current CDC travel guidance.

Updated as of April 9, 2021

Yes, all guests, graduates, and participants will be required to wear a face-covering when entering the event facility and keep it on for the duration of the event. The face-covering must cover the nose, mouth, and chin of the wearer, and can be a cloth mask, homemade or purchased, or a disposable surgical mask. 

All attendees must remain masked for the duration of the ceremony. 

All guests, graduates, and participants will also be required to physically distance from those who are not in their group, meaning they must stay at least 6 feet apart from others.

A live stream will appear directly on the Commencement website - commencement.arizona.edu - to view each ceremony.

In accordance with Arizona Athletics policies, children 3 and older require a ticket. Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket and can sit on a ticket holder's lap for the duration of the ceremony.


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