GALLERY: UK Spring Commencement

The University of Kentucky welcomed its newest, and largest, class of alumni this past weekend in commencement ceremonies on Friday, May, 3, and Sunday, May 5, at Rupp Arena.

More than 3,700 students participated in the four ceremonies. Overall 3,750 undergraduate, 1,090 graduate and 523 professional degree candidates (5,363 total) were approved by the UK Board of Trustees.

Five citizens who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community work will receive honorary doctorates at the Commencement ceremonies. Three of those honorees are in the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

  • Stephen B. Bright, a 2015 inductee, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony.
  • Yvonne Giles received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony.
  • W. James “Jim” Host, a 2000 inductee, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony.
  • Howard Lewis received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 ceremony.
  • Reese S. Terry Jr., a 2010 inductee, received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering at the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 ceremony.

In addition to UK President Eli Capilouto, a student representative addressed the audience at each of the ceremonies, per UK tradition.

  • Brandon Colbert, from Louisville, is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the UK College of Communication and Information. He delivered the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony May 3.
  • Jay Winkler, from Irvine, Kentucky, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. He gave the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony May 3.
  • Noor Ali, from Pikeville, Kentucky, earned a bachelor’s degree in health, society and populations from the UK College of Arts and Sciences. She gave the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony May 5.
  • Sofia Gonzalez Schuler, from Margarita Island, Venezuela, received her a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the UK College of Engineering. She gave Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony May 5.

Read more about the student speakers here.

Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/universityofkentucky.

Please enjoy the following photos from the weekend’s ceremonies.

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