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

Register to Attend Commencement

Master's Students:
Register within BlazerNET that you plan to attend the commencement ceremony. Note: Only current term students are eligible to submit the form.

Doctoral Candidates:
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 November 18, 2019. On the day of commencement, registration for doctoral students begins at 4:45 p.m. at Bell Wallace. Doctoral students and their faculty mentors must be registered and ready to line up no later than 5:45 p.m. in Bell Wallace.
Doctoral Hooding & Commencement Attendance Form

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 and returning it to the address listed at the bottom of the form or by emailing the form to Lori Edwards at If the Graduate School does not receive notification of your change of address per this form, you will be charged a duplicate diploma fee.

Students may view and request their transcripts within BlazerNET.

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 for assistance.