Spring Commencement Ceremony

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CEREMONY DATES & TIMES

  • Friday, April 29 @ 6PM
    All graduate students
  • Saturday, April 30 @ 9:30AM
    Undergraduate - College of Arts and Sciences
  • Saturday, April 30 @ 9:30AM
    Undergraduate - School of Education
  • Saturday, April 30 @ 2PM
    Undergraduate - All other schools

The Spring Commencement Ceremonies will be held April 29 - 30, 2022.

Our preference is to have a safe, in-person commencement ceremony for your graduating class and we will move forward with making plans for that. At the same time, we will be carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our community while developing a virtual commencement back-up plan. We ask that you try to prepare for both scenarios. While not ideal, it will help your family and friends with travel plans and expectations if they understand that we may have to move to a virtual ceremony should community spread of COVID-19 be too high to safely hold our event in April.

If you plan to attend commencement, you must register to walk. If you experience issues with registering, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that applying to graduate is a separate process than registering to walk.

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. If the Graduate School does not receive notification of your change of address per this form, you will be charged a duplicate diploma fee. Contact the Graduate School at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

  • 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 the Graduate School 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 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

    Ceremony information and 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, 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.

 

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