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Virtual Commencement

Today is YOUR day

Congratulations to the class of 2023!

The moment you’ve been working towards for years is finally here. It’s time to celebrate your achievement surrounded by people who are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished.

Welcome to the ranks of 1 million University of Phoenix alumni!

If you don’t wish to attend in-person ceremonies, and have verified you are eligibile, you can join your fellow graduates in a virtual commencement.


December 2, 2023


December 2, 2023


Morning: 10:30 am AZ/MST
(7:30 am HST, 9:30 am PST, 11:30 am CST, 12:30 pm EST) 

Afternoon: 2 pm AZ/MST
(11 am HST, 1 pm PT, 3 pm CST, 4 pm EST)

Watch online

View morning ceremony*

View afternoon ceremony*

*Available day of ceremony

Important Ceremony Day Information

Everyone is invited to celebrate our graduates at the Virtual Commencement, which is streamed on YouTube. You’ll receive information about how to join your Virtual Commencement prior to the ceremony, which you can then share with your family and friends. If you’d like to access the chat feature during the ceremony, you’ll need a YouTube account.

Invite guests to watch commencement online

On December 2, 2023 graduates and guests can view their applicable commencements with the links below.

 10:30 am AZ/MST (7:30 am HST, 9:30 am PST, 11:30 am CST, 12:30 pm EST)

2 pm AZ/MST (11 am HST, 1 pm PST, 3 pm CST, 4 pm EST)

  • Commencement videos and personal name slide will be available for viewing up to 30 days after the ceremony.
  • The personalized slides will be displayed during degree level conferral for each ceremony 
  • Graduates will be shown alphabetically (by last name) from lowest to highest degree level (associate, bachelor, etc.) 
  • Watch the countdown timer on the commencement ceremony video to see what degree level name slides are next to help gauge when you’ll be featured
  • You won't be shown live during the ceremony but your personalized slide will be

How to participate

1. Register online


  • Click here. Once logged in, you’ll be taken directly to the registration site.
  • Next, confirm your eligibility to participate in a ceremony.
  • Select the preferred virtual commencement ceremony time.
    • 10:30 am AZ/MST (7:30am HST, 9:30am PST, 11:30am CST, 12:30pm EST)
    • 2:00 pm AZ/MST (11:00am HST, 1:00pm PST, 3:00pm CST, 4:00pm EST)
  • Complete registration. (After you successfully register, you’ll receive a confirmation email.)
  • Late registrations cannot be accommodated due to the production schedule for this ceremony.
  • Friends and family are not required to register. Just you!

2. Personalize your name slide

Please note, all graduates will have a slide with their name and degree announced during the commencement.

Submit one picture and one message, or favorite quote, to be featured on your personalized name slide, which will be displayed when your name is read. Also, you can share how you want your name pronounced.

If you’re not planning to wear regalia, be sure to dress professionally to look your best for your photo.

Be on the lookout for an email from with details on how to submit your photo, messages, and pronunciation preferences safely through a site called Marching Order. This email will be sent out within five business days after you register for the ceremony.

Please note: The email containing details will be sent to the email address you used for commencement registration. Make sure to check all your folders, including spam and junk, so you don’t miss it!

If you are not able to provide a photo and/or message by the deadline date, please know there will still be a slide with your name, degree and name announcement for the ceremony. Your name recording and phonetic spelling must match the name shown for your slide. 

  • Deadline to record your name and provide phonetic spelling: Closed
  • Deadline to submit one photo and one quote/message: Closed

We are not able to add or change anything on the personalized slides after these deadline dates. 

Sample personal slide

3. Share content for the celebration video

Deadline: Closed

(Optional, this is separate from your personalized name slide)

We encourage graduates to submit photos and/or videos of their own celebratory moments for a chance to be part of our graduate video!

These submissions can include graduation parties, pictures with family, impromptu dancing or celebration, walking across a makeshift stage, hat and gown portraits, throwing hats in the air, tassel moves, etc. Landscape/horizontal orientation is preferred if possible. Please avoid sending content that includes added graphics, captions, or video transitions.

In addition to a celebratory moment, we’d love if our students can help bring the video message to life by recording themselves reading any or all of the following lines which will be used to tell the graduate story:

  • It took years of dedication.
  • It took months of late nights.
  • It took days of work with no play.
  • But now, it’s our finest hour.
  • We earned more than a degree.
  • We earned a celebration!
  • Congratulations Class of 2023!
  • Congratulations!
  • We did it!
  • We’ve come a long way, but it’s nothing compared to how far we’ll go.

Send your photos and/or video to make sure to include your full name and degree information in the email.  Only 70 to 100 photos will be chosen for this video from all the submissions.

Please note: By submitting your videos and photos you agree that your submission is governed by the terms of use for user content.

Important things to remember

Make sure your graduation day is everything you expect and more.


Register for commencement

REgistration closed Oct 11

Check eligibility requirements and register for the ceremony on the commencement registration website.


Submit personalized name slide information

name DEADLINE closed Oct 18

Photo/message deadline CLOSED Nov 1

You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to submit one picture, and one message or quote, for your personalized name slide.


Submit images for video (optional)


Email pictures and video clips to for a chance to be in the celebratory video.

How to order regalia (optional)

Although regalia is not required, if you want to order a set for pictures or memorabilia, you can do so through Herff Jones (select “virtual” from the dropdown menu). Military graduates can also order a military cord.

If you want to have regalia in time for your personalized slide photo, you must order by these dates:

  • Deadline for standard shipping: Closed October 19, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Deadline for expedited 2-day shipping: Closed October 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST

Share your celebration

Don’t forget to share your big moment on social media with hashtag #UOPXGrad2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you are welcome to participate in both.

It’s easy. When they become available, send them the direct commencement link to the virtual commencement you registered for prior to the ceremony. Commencements will be available for viewing up to 30 days after the ceremony.

No. Graduates will not be on camera and therefore no camera is required. However, everyone is encouraged to post celebratory comments in the chat window throughout the ceremony, which is viewable to all.

Regalia is not required, but some students might want to order a set for pictures or memorabilia. If so, you can do so here. Military graduates can also order a military cord. If you want to have regalia in time for your personalized slide photo, you must order by these dates.

Deadline for standard shipping: 10/19/2023
Deadline for expedited 2-day shipping: 10/24/2023

Yes, there will be a digital program that can be downloaded and shared with family and friends. It will be available the day of the ceremony as well as one month after the ceremony. Also, doctoral graduates will see their dissertation titles and chair names in the program.

If you have any questions, please send them to the commencement inbox.