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Eastern Kentucky University

Office of the Registrar

Registrar 5 Commencement


An image of the 2023 Spring Commencement Ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University, with students and the EKU Banner.

Student Graduation Information

Caps, Gowns, and Other Regalia

Graduation caps and gowns are required for all commencement participants. This is a recognition ceremony that is optional and candidates should be appropriately attired. Undergraduate students earning University honors will be provided with an honor sash. Approved honor societies may provide optional regalia for their members to wear at commencement. It is the students’ responsibility to attend GradFest in order to acquire the required regalia. Student should contact their honors societies regarding stoles, cords, or pins.

Doctoral Students Only

If you would like to purchase Doctoral regalia, you will need to contact the EKU Barnes & Noble bookstore at 859-622-2696.  Deadline to purchase is October 6th.  If you would like to rent Doctoral regalia, please click here.  Before you purchase or rent regalia, please confirm with the Graduate school at that you are eligible to participate.

Invitations and Class Rings

Visit Jostens to order order invitations, class rings, diploma frames, or personalized stoles from Jostens.

Planning your arrival

Graduating students must arrive at the scheduled line-up time in order to check in.  The academic lines will form by  degree level and depart for the ceremony promptly based on the marching time listed.  Students and guests should allow extra travel time due to traffic, parking, and potentially inclement weather.

Commencement Photos

Candidates will be photographed as they cross the stage at the commencement ceremonies. Private photographers are not allowed on the Commencement floor. Flash photography is allowed from the stands. Proofs and information from the photographer will be sent to the students’ EKU email address after the ceremony.


Candidates will be recognized by name and will receive their diploma covers as they walk across stage at their commencement ceremony. Actual diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks after degrees are conferred. This allows time for grade processing, awarding of degrees, printing and packaging. Visit this page for additional information regarding diplomas.

Off Campus and Online Students (excluding Doctoral)

If you are an online or off campus student and will be attending the commencement ceremony but are unable to attend GradFest, an order link will be made available after the GradFest event is over.  Please continue to monitor your EKU email for commencement updates.

Live Webcast

Family members and friends who are unable to attend EKU’s Commencement or College Convocations may view the ceremony via the Internet. A link to the live stream will be available on the main EKU webpage¬†the day of Commencement.

Office of the Registrar

521 Lancaster Avenue
Whitlock CPO 58, Room 239
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Phone: 859-622-2320