Spring Commencement Ceremony

The Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held May 1-2, 2020 (ONLINE)

Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Program Book (pdf)

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020
6:00 PM CDT (ONLINE)

Students receiving graduate degrees and certificates (except O.D., M.D., and D.M.D.) *School of Health Profession graduates will attend this ceremony.

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020
2:00 PM CDT (ONLINE)

Bachelors graduates from:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health

Apply for a degree by the appropriate deadlines

Undergraduate deadline: January 21, 2020 | Graduate deadline: January 24, 2020

student at commencement ceremony

UAB Graduate School Commencement

All graduate students (master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral) will participate in a combined commencement ceremony. The UAB Graduate School Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Master's Student Commencement is held the Friday evening preceding the Saturday undergraduate ceremony.

Requirements & Deadlines

Regarding Your Faculty Chair (Doctoral Candidates)

Each doctoral 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.

Receiving Your Degree

Upon completion of your degree requirements and the absence of financial holds, diplomas are mailed approximately within 5 weeks after the graduation date to the address listed on your Application for Degree form.

After degree requirements are completed, degrees are posted to student academic transcripts within two weeks.

Change of Address

To change your diploma mailing address, you must notify the UAB Graduate School either by completing the Graduation Change of Address form (PDF) and returning it to the address listed at the bottom of the form or by emailing the form to Lori Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If the Graduate School does not receive notification of your change of address per this form, you will be charged a duplicate diploma fee.

Transcripts

Degree Verification

Verification of Degree letters may be requested through National Student Clearinghouse. If your graduate degree has not yet been awarded and you have completed all degree requirements but you require a degree verification letter for employment or other purposes, please contact Lori Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

O.D., M.D. and D.M.D. Commencement

School of Dentistry Ceremony

The School of Dentistry Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at noon at the Alys Stephens Center.

The school provides detailed information about regalia and the ceremony to prospective graduates in the spring of each year. For more information about the School of Dentistry Commencement ceremony, please contact the school directly:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: (205) 934-3575

School of Medicine Ceremony

For information on the School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, visit the School of Medicine's Student Life website, and look for the section titled, "Milestone Events."

School of Optometry Ceremony

The School of Optometry Doctoral Convocation and Hooding ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center.

Regalia and merchandise orders (e.g., graduation announcements and diploma frames) are also coordinated through the School of Optometry.

Prospective graduates are also eligible to walk in the main university ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020 (ONLINE), but graduates will receive their diplomas at the Convocation and Hooding ceremony. For more information about the School of Optometry Commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Optometry:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: (205) 975-0739
  • In-Person: Henry Peters Building 124 (Office of Student Affairs) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday.