The University of Alabama awards degrees and holds Commencement exercises in May, August and December. To see dates and times for upcoming ceremonies, please refer to the Academic Calendar.
- File an Application for Degree Online
- Check the Office of the University Registrar Academic Calendar for the due date for filing a degree application. The degree application is found online and is accessible through your myBama account. Once in myBama, click on the Student tab from the left side menu. Click on the Apply to Graduate icon in the center of the page.
- Full Legal Name
- Your name appears on your diploma as it appears in the student information system. Normally, educational records are maintained under a student’s full legal name. This is First Name, Middle Initial/Middle Name, Last Name, and Suffix. For international student’s the name will be the same as the one that appears on their passport and U.S. immigration documentation, including the Form I-20 certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant. When completing the online degree application, you will have the ability to edit your middle name and/or suffix as you see fit. Any editing done during the application will only affect the name printed on your diploma. It will not affect your official name in the student information system. You may contact the Office of the University of Registrar if you have additional questions.
- Current Diploma Address
- When you completed the online degree application, you indicated the address to which you wanted your diploma mailed. To check/change the diploma address that was submitted on your application, log into myBama and go to the student tab. Click on the Student Services folder, then Student Records, and finally the View Graduation Applications link. After you select your application, you will be able to view your application and make any necessary changes to your diploma address.
- Transfer Credit
- All official transcripts from other institutions need to be sent to The Office of The University Registrar. If transfer work is not received in a timely manner, graduation for the term could be affected.
- All Fees Paid
- All past due financial obligations must be cleared prior to receiving your diploma. Diplomas and transcripts are held for those accounts not cleared prior to graduation.
- Attend a Financial Aid or Loan Receivable Exit Interview
- If you borrowed from the Stafford/Direct loan program, complete a Financial Aid Exit Interview. You can find the link for exit counseling on the Student Account Services (link- https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/) homepage. If not completed, transcripts and diplomas will be held until process cleared.
Only after petition and approval by the student’s college will an application be accepted after the published deadline. If approved, the student will be assessed a $25 non-refundable late fee in addition to the aforementioned graduation fee.
To complete the requirements of the Honors College, all students are required to earn at least 18 hours of Honors credit, including at least six hours of Honors Foundation courses, and graduate with an overall GPA of at least 3.3. Students must apply for graduation with the Honors College in addition to their official UA graduation application in order to have Honors designations displayed on their transcript and official graduation documents.
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The candidate processional begins approximately 20-25 minutes prior to the published starting time of the ceremony. This processional denotes the start of each commencement ceremony. Family members and guests should be seated at these times. Each commencement ceremony is expected to be two hours in length. Ceremony length may vary slightly depending on the number of candidates participating.
Candidates will ascend the stairs on the right hand side of the stage and descend the stairs on the left side of the stage. They will proceed to the photo station and then return to their seat. Candidates should remain seated until the ceremony has concluded. The ceremony will conclude with a formal recessional led by the platform party, followed by the faculty, and ending with the degree candidates.
The ceremonies will be web cast live at http://www.ua.edu/commencement/index.html
Degree candidates may only participate in the commencement ceremony for the term in which they have applied to graduate. The Spring term ceremony is in May, the Summer term ceremony is in August, and the Fall term ceremony is in December. Ceremony dates and times for each semester can be found on the Academic Calendar. Students can indicate their intent to participate in the commencement ceremony when filling out the online degree application. Additionally, all applicants have the ability to change their initial response through myBama. If updates are needed, log in to myBama and click Student on the left side menu. Click on the “Apply to Graduate” button in the Student Services channel and then click “View Graduation Applications” at the bottom of the page. Select your degree application(s) and follow the instructions on the page.
Guests of degree candidates do not need tickets to attend the ceremony. There is open seating in the Coliseum on a first come, first served basis.
WHERE & WHEN TO REPORT: All degree candidates should report to the Crisp Indoor Practice Facility, located directly to the West of Coleman Coliseum, no later than 90 minutes prior to the published start time of their ceremony in complete academic regalia.
UPON ARRIVAL: All degree candidates should enter the Crisp Indoor Practice Facility and then move to the assembly location of their college to check-in and receive a reader card. The reader card bears the candidate’s name and will be used for individual recognition as each candidate crosses the stage. The reader card should not be lost, bent, torn, folded or creased in any way.
PROCESSIONAL: College marshals will meet candidates at the assembly locations inside the Crisp Indoor Practice Facility and will direct movement throughout the ceremony. The candidate lines will begin processing out of Crisp and in to Coleman Coliseum approximately 30 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony. Candidates will follow their college marshal to the appropriate seating location on the arena floor or in the stands. All candidates should remain standing until the ceremony begins and they are instructed to be seated.
DEGREE CONFERRAL: College marshals will direct candidates to the stage at the appropriate time to receive their degrees. All candidates should bring their reader card to the stage with them. Doctoral students should bring their hood to the stage with them (see the “Hooding Instructions for Doctoral Candidates” tab below). After crossing the stage, graduates will have photos taken in the back portal and then be directed back to their seat inside the arena.
DURATION: The commencement ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Out of respect for all degree candidates, once seated, all participants are expected to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony which is marked by the candidate recessional.
LATE ARRIVALS: Degree candidates arriving after the start of the ceremony should check-in at the southeast portal on the ground floor of Coleman Coliseum. Staff from the Office of the University Registrar will assist with seating. Candidates arriving late will be seated in available seating, not with his/her college.
Commencement is a ceremonious occasion honoring important educational accomplishments. Decorum and courtesy are important to you and your family, as well as, your fellow degree candidates and their families.
- Once seated, all participants are expected to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony which is marked by the candidate recessional.
- Adherence to the University’s alcohol policy is expected.
- Improper attire, signs, and insignia will be monitored and may be removed by the marshals.
- Cell phones and other electronic equipment should be turned off.
- Candidates should notify an usher if there is a need to leave the arena floor during the ceremony.
- The arena floor will be cleared at the conclusion of the ceremony. All candidates should plan to meet their guests in the lobby or outside Coleman Coliseum.
- Candidates and their guests are not permitted on the commencement stage.
The faculty and staff at The University of Alabama congratulate you on your academic achievement and wish to ensure the commencement ceremony will be a fitting conclusion to this phase of your education!
The University of Alabama Commencement ceremony is, by its very nature, a festive occasion. The festivity manifests itself in many ways including the dress of the students; the faculty adorned in academic regalia; and the warmth, joy and satisfaction of accomplishment.
The ceremony is also marked by dignity and seriousness where the actual conferring of degrees signifies long, hard work on the part of everyone involved: students, faculty, administrators, parents and spouses. As a consequence of the serious nature of the ceremony, students and guests are expected to maintain a measure of decorum consonant with the occasion.
- Strollers and large bags, purses should be left in your automobile.
- Pagers and cellular telephones should be placed in the “vibrate” mode or turned off during the entire ceremony.
- Food and beverages are strictly prohibited.
- Signs, fireworks, bottles, beach balls, cans, drugs, alcohol are strictly prohibited.
- Noisemakers, e.g., marine air horns, trumpet, etc., are strictly prohibited.
- Disability seating areas are for those people with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. These areas are not appropriate for strollers and/or large bags. One person may be seated in this area with the person in need of disability seating.
- Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing beneath their regalia.
- Students and guests are expected to refrain from disruptive behavior.
- Students are expected to return to their seats after the on stage presentation, and remain seated for the duration of the ceremony.
- Students will not be allowed to carry small children or pets to the stage with them for the candidate presentation.
- Family members and/or guests are not permitted on the arena floor.
- The University of Alabama maintains the proud and historic tradition of permitting each degree candidate to shake hands with the President as his/her name is spoken. The last degree candidate is as important as the first. As a result, applause and other recognition of the conferring of degrees are expected to be limited to a joint effort at the conclusion of each graduation group.
- Family and guests are expected to remain seated for the entire ceremony, refraining from leaving their seats in order to take pictures or to talk to graduates.
- Accessible Parking: A state-issued disability placard prominently displayed inside the vehicle or state-issued disability plate is required. The accessible parking area is located on the east side of Coleman Coliseum. University Parking Services personnel are located at the entrance to this area. Entrance to Coleman Coliseum is from the Second Avenue entrance on Paul Bryant Drive.
- Coliseum Entrance: Persons with disability accommodation needs may enter Coleman Coliseum by way of the ramp located in front of the coliseum or at the northeast spiral. The front entrance places you on the main concourse where the accessible seating areas are located. The northeast spiral entrance is at street level from the accessible parking location. If using the northeast entrance, take the elevator to the main concourse level.
- Coliseum Seating: Accessible seating for those using wheelchairs or other mobility aids is on the main concourse level. These areas are open to guests on a first come, first served basis. One person may accompany the individual requiring the accessible seating. Additional accessible seating is found at the various portal entrances into the arena. Look for the wheelchair-accessible symbol on the end of the chair rows.
- Wheelchair/Mobility Aid Availability: Family members, guests, and degree candidates in need of wheelchairs or other mobility aids should make provisions to bring those with them to Coleman Coliseum. Wheelchairs and other mobility aids are not provided at Coleman Coliseum or at the CrimsonRide locations.
- Auditory Assistance: Accommodations for those who are deaf or hard of hearing will be provided in the form of an American Sign Language interpreter who will be located on the commencement stage. The interpreter will appear on the jumbotron in the arena throughout the ceremony. To request seating within close proximity to the interpreter, please contact the Office of the University Registrar no later than one week prior to the ceremony.
- Emergencies: Emergency Medical assistance is located in the south east corner of the main concourse level. Assistance is also available through the University of Alabama Police Department at 205.348.5454. UAPD officers are stationed in Coleman Coliseum before and during the ceremony.
- Degree Candidates: A wheelchair lift is available for access to the commencement stage.
Degree candidates or guests requiring any further disability related accommodations or with questions regarding the ceremony should contact the Office of the University Registrar directly at 205.348.2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATIN HONORS: Undergraduate students are eligible for Latin Honors in accordance with the policy as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. The honor will be listed in the commencement program and printed on the reader card for announcement during the ceremony. The undergraduate Latin honors designation printed in the commencement program and on the candidate’s reader card is calculated based on the student’s cumulative University of Alabama grade point average at the end of the semester prior to the semester of graduation. All honors will be recalculated after the final grading period for the semester has closed during the week following commencement. For that reason, the honor announced during the ceremony may be different than the final honor that appears on the student’s transcript and on the diploma. In some cases, the degree candidate may not actually graduate with an honor designation. Degree candidates who are eligible for Latin Honors should contact the Student Services office of their college or school for information regarding the distribution of honor stoles.
UNIVERSITY HONORS: Undergraduate degree candidates who are eligible for University Honors through the Honors College should email email@example.com or call 205-348-5500 for distribution information.
Doctoral candidates should arrive with their hood at the Crisp Indoor Practice Facility prior to lining up. The hood should be folded and draped across the left arm for processional into the Coliseum (instructions below). After the ceremony starts, upon direction from the marshal, doctoral candidates will approach the stage with the hood still draped across the left arm. Once the doctoral candidate has reached the stage, the hood will be passed to the dissertation professor who will then place the hood over the candidate’s head as the name is announced. After the hooding, the candidate will continue across the stage, shaking hands with the President before exiting the stage.
Parking for graduates and guests is available in either the Moody Music parking lot at the corner of Bryant Drive and Second Avenue or in the Soccer Lot located just off University Boulevard. Transportation to and from Coleman Coliseum is available free of charge using the CrimsonRide transportation service. This service is wheelchair accessible. To view the commencement parking map, including the address to Coleman Coliseum, see the Commencement Maps tab below.
RESERVED PARKING FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES: Parking for graduates and guests with disabilities is available in the Coleman Coliseum parking lot which is accessible from the Second Avenue entrance off of Paul Bryant Drive. Admission to the Coleman Coliseum parking lot is by State-issued disability placard or plates only. To view the commencement parking map, see the Commencement Maps tab below.
DROP OFF AREA FOR THOSE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS: There will be a drop-off area located outside of Coleman Coliseum where guests with disabilities or mobility impairments may be dropped off. Those wishing to make use of this service should use the main entrance to the Coliseum located at Bryant Drive and Coliseum Drive. Vehicles will be allowed to drop off their guests at the northern end of the Coliseum and will then be directed back out to Bryant Drive. After drop-off, the vehicle should proceed to one of the standard parking lots as outlined in the information above.
There will be an additional drop-off area located in the Coleman Coliseum Lot for those vehicles allowed entry with State-issued disability placard or plates.
For detailed information regarding the location of these drop-off areas, see the Commencement Maps tab below.
Photographs of graduates as they walk across the stage and DVDs of the entire ceremony are available through professional groups who have contracted with the University to provide these services.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Color, on-stage photographs and individual portraits photographed off stage are available from ZAP Professional Photography. Proofs will be emailed to the student’s Crimson account within 48 hours of the ceremony.
Contact ZAP Professional Photography by email at info@zapfoto or phone at (205) 345-2686 or (888) 345-2686 with questions.
DVD: The University of Alabama has partnered with GradMemory to provide a complete professional video of each individual commencement ceremony. The DVD package can be personalized with the name of the graduate and a picture of choice.
Full academic regalia is required for all degree candidates participating in the University of Alabama commencement ceremony. It is the responsibility of the degree candidate to secure academic regalia prior to the commencement ceremony and bring it to the ceremony.
Regalia should be obtained through the University Supply Store. Regalia for Undergraduate and Masters candidates is available for immediate purchase during normal business hours at the Ferguson Center location. Doctoral students wishing to purchase academic regalia should contact the Supply Store directly at 1.800.825.6802 or 205.348.6168. Deadlines for renting or purchasing regalia can be found on the Academic Calendar. After the published deadline, additional fees may be assessed.
All Faculty should arrive at their assembly location no less than forty-five minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Click here for event times and see the Commencement Maps tab above for parking, line-up and seating maps.
Dissertation chairpersons meet in the Crisp Indoor Practice Facility for doctoral candidate hooding practice. Dissertation chairpersons will receive specific information from the Graduate School.
Faculty, emeriti faculty, and administrative staff enter the southeast ramp of the lower concourse of Coleman Coliseum and proceed to the faculty lineup marked “D1” on the Coliseum Line-Up and Seating Map found on the Commencement Maps tab above.
Dissertation chairpersons enter the Crisp Indoor Practice Facility through the roll-up door at the Southeast corner of the building. Commencement marshals will be at both locations to instruct you in what to do next and in the progress of the ceremony. Please have your academic regalia with you when you enter the building.
Full academic regalia is required for all faculty who will be participating in the University of Alabama commencement ceremony. Participating faculty members should secure academic regalia prior to the commencement ceremony and bring it to the ceremony. Regalia can be obtained through the University Supply Store location in the Ferguson center or by calling (800) 825-6802 or (205) 348-6168. Deadlines for renting or purchasing regalia can be found on the Academic Calendar.
Karen Steckol Academic Regalia Loan Program
To encourage the participation of faculty at commencement exercises, the Faculty Senate has assembled a collection of academic regalia. This project was initiated by the late Dr. Karen Steckol, former President of the Faculty Senate, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders; in her memory the program was named the Karen Steckol Academic Regalia Loan Program. The regalia are maintained by the Senate and loaned to faculty on a first-come, first-served basis immediately prior to each commencement ceremony.
Please contact Linda Knowles, Administrative Secretary to the Faculty Senate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 348-6635) to reserve regalia and to arrange pick-up. Clean regalia must be returned to room 401 Martha Parham West between 8:00 am and 4:45 pm on Tuesday or Thursday of the week immediately following commencement. Any faculty members who have regalia they would like to donate to this program should contact Linda for more information.
Degree candidates should carefully review their student transcript information found at https://mybama.ua.edu. Candidates have one month after the mailing of diplomas to address questions or resolve issues related to the content of their academic history as represented on the transcript.
Diplomas and transcript are not released until all unpaid balances of any nature on the degree candidate’s account are paid in full. The same applies for a degree candidate that has unfulfilled requirements associated with Perkins Loans. Contact Student Account Services at (205) 348-5350 for your hold information, if applicable, and to get it cleared. Degree candidates have responsibility for notifying the Office of the University Registrar once/if their financial account is cleared after diplomas are ordered. Notification should be submitted via email to email@example.com or by calling 205-348-2020. The diploma cannot be mailed until requested notification is received.
In situations where diplomas are uncollected or returned as undeliverable, we will contact the student using his or her Crimson email address. Diplomas will be held for one calendar year after the graduation date of the student and then destroyed. Students must then order a re-issued diploma at the cost of a replacement diploma.