Summer Commencement Ceremony

The Summer Commencement Ceremonies will be held virtually on August 13-14, 2021. Please access the YouTube channel via the link below to view the virtual ceremonies at their scheduled dates and times.

Access Virtual Ceremonies Virtual Commencement Program (PDF)   

Location: Facebook/YouTube

Ceremony start time: 6:00 p.m.
All graduate students (except School of Nursing)

Location: Facebook/YouTube

Ceremony start time: 9:30 a.m.
All School of Nursing graduates (graduate and undergraduate)

Ceremony start time: 2:00 p.m.
All undergraduates (except School of Nursing)

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.