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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.


FEB 25

2 ceremony time options: 

Location: Virtual

1. Register


  • Late registrations cannot be accommodated due to the production schedule for this ceremony.
  • Friends and family are not required to register. Just you!

2. Personalized 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 approx. 48 hours 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: January 4, 2023 (Closed)
  • Deadline to submit one photo and one quote/message: January 18, 2023 (Closed)

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

Sample personal slide

3. Celebratory video


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

In addition to your personalized name slide, we encourage you to submit more photos and/or a video for a chance to be part of our celebratory video. 

Only 70 to 100 photos/videos will be chosen, so make them count! Examples include drive-by graduation parties, impromptu dancing, walking across a makeshift stage, improvised hats and gowns, etc. 

Send your photos and/or video to make sure to include your full name and degree information. Landscape/horizontal orientation, as well as images that don’t include added graphics or transitions, are preferred.

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


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


Submit personalized name slide information


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) - DEADLINE IS CLOSED

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: January 5, 2023 (ends 11:59pm EST) - Deadline is closed
  • Deadline for expedited 2-day shipping: January 10, 2023 (ends 11:59pm EST). Deadline is closed

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 February 25, 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

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 through Herff Jones. 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: 3/6/2022
Deadline for expedited 2-day shipping: 3/14/2022

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.

The virtual commencement includes pre-recorded elements to ensure the health and safety of our speakers, faculty members, and students.

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