Graduation Preparation Checklist


  • Verify eligibility (see portal list for criteria)

  • Invite guests - Family and friends are welcome! Rupp Arena is large, with ample seating for as many people as you want to bring. The ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours. There are areas adjacent to the ceremony space where guests can go to take a break if needed.

  • *TIME-SENSITIVE* Arrange travel, including hotel if needed. Note: Several events are happening in Lexington the same weekend. We recommend that you book early with one of the hotels listed on the portal.



  • 8:45-9:15 am EST Recommended arrival time. Please allow at least 30 minutes to park and find your way inside to the FNU ceremony registration desk. Parking available in any of the public lots near Rupp Arena

  • 9:15-10:15 am EST Check in to the FNU ceremony registration desk inside Rupp Arena. Fill out a name card to keep with you for stage presentation.

  • Help your guests find their seats and leave with them any items you do not wish to carry in the processional. NOTE: All attendees will be required to pass through metal detectors and must follow arena policies regarding allowable items.

  • 10:30 am Report to the Processional Lineup area. There will be a flag that represents your degree or specialty. Have your name card ready to hand to announcer when it’s your turn to cross the stage.

  • 11 am Processional - Faculty will process in first, followed by all students. Marshalls will direct you to your seats.

  • Approx. 1:30 pm Ceremony conclusion - Students and their guests may linger for photographs, etc. 

  • Afternoon Open House at new Versailles Campus - exact time and other details to be announced.

Virtual Rehearsal