The University of Arizona

Commencement by the Numbers

Commencement is one of the most exciting times of the year at the University of Arizona. This year’s Commencement is no exception, shaping up to be one of the biggest graduation ceremonies in UA history.

This Friday, the UA will host their 153rd Commencement ceremony. Approximately 4,000 graduating undergraduate and graduate students are expected to attend, in addition to over 40,000 guests. 300 volunteers will also be on hand to assist families and students.

According to UANews, UA President Ann Weaver Hart will confer about 6,800 degrees this Commencement, including 4,600 undergraduate degrees, 2,100 graduate degrees and 100 professional degrees.

As a graduating class, the Class of 2017 stands as one of UA’s most decorated group of students. More than 60 percent of the senior class will graduate with an engaged experience from UA’s 100% Engagement Initiative. Additionally, two-thirds of students graduating this Commencement have already accepted job offers or placement in graduate schools. Equally gratifying are the findings that 86 percent of all UA students and 90 percent of Arizona residents have also already accepted jobs or entered graduate school three months prior to their graduation date.

To learn more about Commencement, please visit UA's official Commencement website. For continuing coverage on Commencement, stay tuned to UANews and SAEM-AISS’s blog posts