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Class of 2020

May 2021 Commencement Ceremony

The May 2021 Commencement ceremonies are currently being planned for so that every graduate from 2020 has the opportunity to walk across the stage, to celebrate their achievement.

Graduates from August 2019, December 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are invited to attend the May 2021 ceremonies.

In order to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony you will be required to notify the university of your intent to walk in the ceremony by filling out the RSVP Commencement form located at this link:




Saturday • May 1, 2021 *Tentative


Executive Graduate Programs

Friday • April 30, 2021 *Tentative

Graduate Programs

Saturday • May 1, 2021 *Tentative


*In order to provide a ceremony for the graduates from August 2019, December 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 the commencement dates below may change.

Photos & Video


The Office of Communications & Marketing  provides photography services at Commencement.

Download Photos


Digital video access to graduation ceremonies are available for the entire Commencement Exercise. Details will be provided to each graduate by email following conclusion of Commencement ceremonies. 

Tickets & Guest Seating

At this time, there are no tickets for the Commencement Ceremony, nor do we limit how many guests a graduate may have present. 

Seats for the ceremony are first-come, first-served, and the stands in the O. Wayne Rollins Center fill quickly. Overflow Seating will be available in Boswell Campus Center. While general seating is not reserved, we provide seating for guests with disabilities. To request handicap seating, contact Shirley Stephens in the Office of Academic Affairs (606.539.4214 or


University of the Cumberlands is located off Exit 11 on Interstate 75. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left if you are traveling south on I-75 and turn right if you are traveling north on I-75. At the first traffic light, turn left onto 10th Street (KY 2386).

Travel on 10th Street past the Cumberland Inn. Free shuttle parking is available at the UC Football Stadium.

To get to campus, continue on 10th Street. At the traffic light, turn right onto Main Street (KY 296). As you proceed down Main Street, turn right into the main campus entrance.

Please see our campus map for additional details. 

Parking & Shuttle Service

Traffic on and around campus on the day of Commencement can become heavily congested, causing long delays.

On Campus Parking

On campus parking is very limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped Parking is available at the UC Admissions office and along Walnut Street.  


The Williamsburg area (including nearby Corbin, Kentucky) offers a number of accommodation options. Hotels fill quickly so reserve your rooms as early as possible. 

Williamsburg Hotels (I-75, exit 11)

Hampton Inn - 4.5 out of 5 stars
1.9 miles from campus
530 West HWY 92
Williamsburg, KY  40769

Holiday Inn Express - 4.9 out of 5 stars 
1.2 miles from campus
56 West HWY 92
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Super 8 - 3 out of 5 stars
1.3 miles from campus
30 West HWY 92
Williamsburg, KY  40769

South Corbin Hotels (I-75, exit 25)

Best Western - 4 out of 5 stars
15.8 miles from campus
2630 Cumberland Falls HWY
Corbin, KY  40701

Country Inn & Suites - 4 out of 5 stars
14.6 miles from campus
1888 Cumberland Falls HWY
Corbin, KY  40701

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park - 4.5 out of 5 stars
17.3 miles from campus
7351 HWY 90
Corbin, KY  40701

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 3.5 out of 5 stars
14.5 miles from campus
1973 Cumberland Falls HWY
Corbin, KY  40701

Landmark Inn - 4 out of 5 stars
14.6 miles from campus
1891 Cumberland Falls HWY
Corbin, KY  40701

North Corbin Hotels (I-75, exit 29)

Baymont Inn & Suites - 4 out of 5 stars
18.4 miles from campus
174 Adams Road
Corbin, KY  40701

Fairfield Inn - 4 out of 5 stars
20.2 miles from campus
25 HWY 770
Corbin, KY  40701

Hampton Inn - 4 out of 5 stars
19.9 miles from campus
125 Adams Road
Corbin, KY  40701

For Students

Graduate Procession

On Commencement Day, all degree candidates should line up in the Intramural Gym prior to the procession into the Rollins Center. Further instructions about the procession and ceremony will be provided at that time. 

Undergraduate Students
All graduating undergraduate students participating in Commencement are asked to attend practice on Friday, April 30, at 1:00 p.m. in the Intramural Gym. If you are unable to attend the scheduled practice, please contact Academic Affairs at 606.539.4214.
On Commencement Day, undergraduate students should report to the Intramural Gym no later than 9:30 a.m.

Graduate Students
On Commencement Day, please report to the Intramural Gym by 2:00 p.m. 

Executive Graduate Students
On Commencement Day, please report to the Intramural Gym by 4:30 p.m. 

Caps, Gowns, & Announcements

It’s all part of the rite of passage: the stately parade with your peers, gowns flowing, the pomp, the circumstance and then throwing the cap high. Regalia is part of the tradition – and required attire for those in Commencement Ceremonies.

If you are participating in Commencement, you will need University-approved regalia. On Commencement Day, please bring all contents of your cap and gown packet. All university regalia is special ordered, so no "extra" supplies will be available to purchase at the last minute.

All students may order regalia by visiting or contacting the Campus Bookstore at 606.539.4354 or using the links below. 

Diplomas & Transcripts

The University of the Cumberlands offers both a digital and paper diploma to students.

Your digital diploma complements your paper diploma but is faster to access and can be shared on social media. You will receive an email letting you know that your degree has been awarded, and in that email, we will give you instructions on how to how to claim your digital diploma.

You can expect to receive your paper diploma in the mail approximately three weeks after your degree conferral date. For reference, our diploma sizes are Associates and Bachelors - 8.5x 11, Masters - 9x 12 and Doctoral - 11x14. 

If you have any questions about your University of the Cumberlands diploma or transcripts, please contact

Order a Transcript

Students can request official transcripts online from the Office of the Registrar by clicking here.


There are a number of ways to commemorate this exciting weekend and your years at UC from photos to videos to apparel and more.


Our Office of Communications & Marketing will provide photography services at Commencement. UCOMM captures the moment each graduate is awarded his or her diploma, known as handshake photography. Photos will be made available for download on Friday,  May 8. 


Digital video access to graduation ceremonies are available for the entire Commencement Exercise. Details will be provided to each graduate during Commencement. 

Class Rings, Announcements & Mementos

Barnes & Noble at UC, in partnership with Herff Jones, can help you commemorate graduation with custom class rings, announcements and mementos. Shop in-person at the UC bookstore on the mid-level of the Boswell Campus Center or order online at

Barnes & Noble at UC also stocks a wide selection of UC clothing and gifts, including:

  • Sweatshirts and fleeces
  • T-shirts and polos
  • Hats
  • Athletic and performance apparel
  • Sleepwear
  • Bags and backpacks
  • Office supplies
  • Drinkware
  • Chairs
  • Home décor

For more information, browse the online selection or call the store at 606.539.4354.

Meet Your Alumni Association

As a graduate you become an automatic member of the University of the Cumberlands Alumni Association. What does that mean for you? The UC Alumni Association keeps you connected to your classmates and to UC.

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