Degree Services - Frequently Asked Questions

Can I walk in Commencement in May?


Any student who graduated in the previous summer or fall semesters, or any student with an active application for graduation for the spring semester, can walk at Commencement. If the application was rolled from fall to spring, or if the original application was for spring, the student can walk (even though the degree is not official until after Commencement). All students eligible to walk in Commencement will receive an invitation to RSVP to the ceremony about six (6) weeks prior to the event. This correspondence will always be done through students' UA Webmail accounts. If students do not receive an invitation and think they should have, or if they have any questions, they are encouraged to email Degree Services at If a student reapplies for a later semester prior to the date of Commencement, they will not be on the list to walk. Exceptions to the walking policy may be made through the University Advancement Office at 907-786-1013.


What's my 'drop dead date' for turning things in and still graduating?

All paperwork, petitions, test scores, etc. must be received by the Registrar's Office by the final grade deadline. This date is generally three (3) business days after all courses end for the semester. These dates are available at Students may also call Enrollment Management at 907-786-1480 to verify these dates. The day after the grade deadline Degree Services begins reviewing all semester applications in random order. If a student's paperwork is not submitted or complete when their degree is audited, their degree will not be awarded and the student will receive email correspondence to their UA Webmail account with information about their degree status.
I know I'm not going to graduate, what should I do?

1. You can do nothing. If you do nothing we will perform a final audit on your file. If you are missing requirements you will need to reapply and pay all applicable fees. 

  • If you are within six (6) credits of completion, your application will automatically be rolled to the next semester. This is considered your one-time courtesy move; and if requirements are not met by the end of the next semester, you will need to reapply/pay again.

2. You can email us and request that we move your application to a future semester (within one academic year from the original application). This must be done before the final class day of the semester for which you applied to graduate. By doing this, students will not have to reapply or pay additional fees for graduation. Send an email from their UA Webmail account to Degree Services at This is a one-time courtesy move. Students need to include their student ID number and the degree/semester in which they would like their application moved to.

If my thesis isn't due until June am I still a spring graduate?
If a student completes their thesis in June, their degree will technically be posted in the summer semester and the student will be considered a summer graduate. In order for a degree to be posted for spring, all paperwork/requirements must be completed by the final university grade deadline (generally three (3) business days after all courses end for the semester).


My advisor/instructor told me another class would work....


In order for students to graduate from UAA, they must meet the requirements of their major program as stated in the UAA catalog. If an advisor or instructor tells a student that a particular course would work instead of what is written in the catalog, the student needs to work with their department to make sure any necessary petitions have been submitted. Students should utilize their online degree audit found in DegreeWorks (found in UA Online, Student Services link), to verify that all their requirements are completed and to track petitions. If the substitution/petition is not noted in DegreeWorks, it will not be considered when Degree Services completes the final audit.