COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are complicating the return to classes this fall for some University of Alaska Fairbanks international students.


Like most institutions across the country the University of Alaska Fairbanks is uncertain about how much on campus activity there will be when the fall semester starts. A letter to the university community from UAF provost and executive vice chancellor Anupma Prakash says some classes will be conducted in person and campus housing will be available, both with precautions to limit potential transmission of COVID-19.

UAF Commencement Goes On-line

Apr 14, 2020
JR Anchetta / UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will hold a commencement ceremony online next month (May). According to a UAF release, the live webcast will include speeches and the award of diplomas and other honors along with photos uploaded by graduates. It says actual diplomas and honor cords will be mailed out this summer.

The online commencement ceremony is scheduled for 1 PM Saturday, May 23rd. 2020 Graduates will be welcome to walk in next year’s commencement, which is expected to be in traditional in person format. 

UAF is also planning a virtual graduation party.



Apr 14, 2020

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Davin Gilmore

The first graduates of a new veterinary-medicine program offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks have all been hired to work here in Alaska and the Lower 48. UAF officials say that shows the program is needed to fill a strong demand for veterinarians in Alaska.

KUAC file photo

University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say the problems they’ve encountered in getting the $245 million power plant fully operational have pushed the project behind schedule and over budget. But they think they’ve finally worked out most of the bugs, and they’ve come up with a new estimate on when the plant will be online.

State Budget Cuts Diminish UAF Morale

Mar 20, 2019

The University of Alaska is slated to be reduced 17 percent next year if Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget is approved. Today UAF Chancellor Dan White hosted a forum on staff morale, attended by about 150 in person and more online. But  morale was a workplace topic long before this legislative session.

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University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen told members of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed $134 million funding cut would devastate the university’s ability to educate students and conduct research.

A progress report on the nation’s newest polar research ship...

Van Ness Feldman

Dozens of national experts on ocean policy, research and business gathered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this week to talk about how climate change is affecting the Arctic Ocean and coastal communities. Members of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative’s held an Arctic Ocean Leadership Roundtable at UAF to learn about its ongoing Arctic-research resources, and then traveled north to talk with Inuit people to get their perspective on changes they've seen in the region.