Frequently Asked Questions 

Regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) is included in the graduation fee. You are responsible for ordering your cap and gown (tassel included) through the University Bookstore from the following link:
A cap, gown, and tassel are the official regalia that must be worn at commencement by all candidates.
You are allowed to wear honor society cords and stoles.
You may decorate your cap, but please use discretion and good judgment. If the wording or decorations are offensive, you will not be allowed to wear the cap and the cap will be confiscated.

The graduation fee helps to cover the costs of the student’s regalia (cap, gown, and tassel), diploma, diploma cover, and senior assessments.

The University Bookstore has many products available for purchase including personalized announcements, thank you notes, announcement cover, envelope seals, certificate of appreciation, etc. to help communicate your accomplishments and upcoming graduation with your family, friends, and others who care about you. Visit for additional information.

Grad Fair is a one-stop shop event hosted by the Registrar’s Office in March of each year so that students can obtain everything they need for commencement and connect with important resources.

After Grad Fair, students can visit the University Bookstore during regular business hours for their commencement needs.

Diploma frames are available for purchase at University Bookstore or online at

UPIKE’s academic programs are within four colleges/school: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Coleman College of Business, the Elliott School of Nursing, and the Patton College of Education.

You indicate how you want your name to be printed on your diploma when you apply for graduation. The same name will be printed in the commencement program.

Undergraduate and graduate diplomas display your name, degree, and year of graduation.
The major(s), minor(s) (if applicable), honors (if applicable), and date of graduation will be on your official transcript.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address given during the application process providing you have completed all degree requirements (including Exit Exam and Surveys), have no outstanding financial obligation to UPIKE, and have no overdue Library materials or other obligations outstanding approximately 45 days from the end of the semester/term. If any of the aforementioned exists, a student will not receive a diploma until the balance is zero.

Students with work “In Progress” or who have classes with grades of “I” (Incomplete) will be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, all “In Progress” work and “Incomplete” grades must be converted to official grades before the degree can be awarded.

Students should contact the Registrar’s Office to request deferral to the following semester as soon as possible. This will enable your graduation application to be transferred to the following semester.

Students who fail to meet requirements after requesting a deferral may be required to reapply to the institution, reapply for graduation, meeting graduation requirements based on the catalog that is active at that time and repay the graduation fee.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the university registrar.

There are no tickets required for candidates or their guests at the commencement ceremonies. All ceremonies will be held in the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center (EXPO). All seating is first-come, first-serve. EXPO personnel reserves the right to prohibit any item from entering the premises. All individuals and their belongings are subject to search prior to entry and once inside the building.

The accessible entrance to the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center is on the main street entrance of the building. Individuals with state issued handicapped parking permits may drop off handicapped guests at the docking entrance of the EXPO and park in the designated area behind the EXPO Center.

Accessible seating for individuals with disabilities and one family member is available on the concourse railing. Guests requiring special accommodation or handicapped seating on the day of the ceremony should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to receive assistance.

Family members and friends who are unable to attend UPIKE’s commencement may view the ceremony via the live webcast at

Keeping UPIKE informed of any address and/or telephone number changes is important. Contact the Registrar’s Office by either emailing or by calling (606) 218-5260.

To obtain a transcript you must access our website at From the Quick Links pull-down menu located at the top of our webpage, select ‘Request Transcript’. You will then be redirected to a landing page which will answer many of your questions. Clicking the link to the Parchment Exchange will take you to our associate company. If you do not already have a Parchment account, you will be required to create one at this time. Transcript processing fees do apply and are payable by credit card. For any questions regarding any aspect of this process, please call (606) 218-5260 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Until all financial obligations have been met, UPIKE cannot release your diploma or transcript.

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