We are excited to let you know there will be a combined graduation ceremony for all master’s and doctoral students at 6 p.m. Friday, August 10, at Bartow Arena. There will be NO separate doctoral hooding ceremony on Saturday.

In years’ past, the Saturday ceremony at Bartow Arena included undergraduate, master’s, and educational specialist students whereas doctoral students had a separate ceremony at Alys Stephens Center. As of Spring 2018, all graduate students (master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral) will have a separate ceremony at Bartow Arena, which will be held the Friday evening before the Saturday ceremony, also at Bartow Arena. The Saturday ceremony will be for undergraduate students only. 

In order for a doctoral candidate to participate in the Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremony, the candidate MUST submit the Doctoral Hooding & Commencement Attendance Form to the Graduate School no later than July 16, 2018. Please read all information below if you intend to participate in the ceremony. 

Spring 2018 Ceremony: 6 p.m. Friday, August 10, at Bartow Arena

REGARDING YOUR FACULTY CHAIR. Each candidate should ask his or her dissertation committee chair or a committee member to participate in the hooding ceremony. If no one from your committee is available to serve in this capacity, the person whom you ask to assist in the hooding must be a faculty member in your program. You will need to identify the faculty member who will hood you to confirm his/her availability. Faculty should inform the Graduate School of their plans to attend and to provide the names of any doctoral candidates they intend to hood.

REGALIA. Commencement recognizes the academic achievements of UAB graduates and is considered a formal academic ceremony that should be viewed as such in dress and demeanor. The recommended dress for doctoral graduates is comfortable business attire. Full regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) is required for this ceremony. 

Purchasing: If you wish to purchase your regalia, please contact Greer Hallmark at sm536@bncollege.com for pricing. The deadline to order full custom regalia or individual pieces for purchase is June 22, 2018.

Renting: If candidates and faculty would prefer to rent regalia, the deadline to order is July 16. After this deadline, a $25 rush processing fee will be assessed. Links to doctoral and faculty regalia order forms are located at https://www.uab.edu/graduate/completing-degree. You may return the completed form in person to The UAB Bookstore located in the Hill Student Center or email it to Greer Hallmark at sm536@bncollege.com. If you borrow regalia, you still must fill out the commencement attendance form.