At least 800 students will participate in fall commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 in Bartow Arena. More than 2,100 students are expected to graduate this semester.

The ceremonies will be streamed live at to enable students' friends and relatives who cannot attend the ceremony to be a part of the special event. For more details, visit

Michael Saag, M.D., will be presented with the 2010 President's Medal at the ceremony in recognition of his role as a leader and pioneer in AIDS research. Recipients are selected by the president upon recommendation of senior university officials; this medal is one of the highest honors bestowed by UAB.

Geraldine Flannigan of Hoover, who is receiving a bachelor of science in nursing degree with departmental and university honors, will be the undergraduate commencement speaker.  
Sevante Metcalf of Birmingham, who is receiving a master of business administration degree, will be the graduate commencement speaker.