UAB hosts multiple Commencement ceremonies for spring graduates.

Graduating Students Commencement Ceremony
Students receiving graduate degrees and certificates
(except O.D., M.D., and D.M.D.)
Friday, May 1, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Bachelors graduates from:
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Education
Saturday, May 2, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Bachelors graduates from:
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
Saturday, May 2, 2020
2:00 p.m.

Ceremonies will take place in Bartow Arena (617 13th Street S). Doors open 1 hour prior to each ceremony. Graduating students will gather in Bell-Wallace Gymnasium, across 13th St S from Bartow Arena, before making their way to Bartow.

Events will begin on time. University officials recommend guests arrive early and leave non-essential bags at home or in the car; mandatory checks of all bags entering Bartow Arena could slow entry.

To-Do List for Spring Graduates

This list applies to all students. Doctoral students should also refer to the UAB Graduate School Doctoral Hooding website for additional information.

Prior to the Ceremony

  • Apply for degree by the appropriate deadline (see the Academic Calendar for more details).
    • Undergraduate deadline: January 21, 2020
    • Graduate deadline: January 24, 2020
  • Students who are unable to use the stairs or have other special needs should contact Disability Support Services at 205-934-4205 at least one week prior to the ceremony.
  • Register online that you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
  • Purchase cap, gown, and tassel at the UAB Bookstore.
  • Complete the First Destination Survey (available near the beginning of the spring semester) describing your plans following graduation.

Make Plans for the Correct Ceremony

  • All students receiving graduate degrees except for M.D., O.D., and D.M.D will attend the 6:00pm ceremony on Friday May 1, 2020 at Bartow Arena.
  • Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education will attend the 9:30am ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Bartow Arena.
  • Undergraduates in Collat School of Business, and Schools of Engineering, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health will attend the 2:00pm ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Bartow Arena.

Day of the Ceremony

What To Do Before the Actual Commencement Program Begins

  • The recommended dress for graduates is comfortable business attire. Students should wear comfortable shoes for processions and walking up and down stairs. High-heeled shoes are discouraged, especially stiletto heels.
  • Students must arrive at Wallace Gymnasium, corner of 6th Avenue and 13th Street S, to line up no later than one hour prior to the ceremony. Students should have their caps and gowns already on. Masters students should have their hoods on, and doctoral students should carry their hoods.
  • Students should arrive to the Wallace Gym dressed in their regalia.
  • Honors students and Veterans should report to the appropriately labeled station to receive cords that denote distinction.
  • Students can receive a proof of the professional photograph that will be taken during the commencement ceremony. In order to receive a proof, students must complete the back of the card received in the line-up area with the required information (see above).
  • If you have not completed the First Destination Survey, please do so in advance.
  • Doctoral students should check in with Kimberly Eaton with the Graduate School. She will assist you with check in and doctoral hood assembly.

During the Ceremony

What To Expect

  • Students will process into Bartow Arena, led by faculty marshals from the specific school/college. Men should remove their caps at the beginning of the national anthem and keep them off until the conclusion of the invocation.
  • The appropriate dean will introduce to the president the candidates in each school, beginning with the highest degree. As directed, graduates from each school will stand as a group, with the tassels on the right side of their caps. Each class, after being presented to the president, will sit down (with caps on) until all the graduates have been presented.
  • The recognition of graduating students will begin with the highest degree.
    • Students will ascend stairs to reach the platform and then present their identification cards to the reader and continue walking. Students will hear the reader call their names. The reader will not read any information on the lineup card other than students' names and the information pre-printed by the Registrar’s Office.
    • Students will approach their school dean and shake the dean's hand.
    • Master’s candidates will shake the Dean of the Graduate School’s hand, and honors students will shake the Honors College Dean’s hand.
    • Doctoral students will be hooded by their mentor and the Dean of the Graduate School.
    • Students will proceed across the stage and shake President Watts’ hand.
    • Students will pause at the base of the descending stairs for individual professional photographs. Students then return to their seats.
  • The ceremony will end with the singing of the UAB Alma Mater, followed by a formal recessional of the platform party.
    • The audience should remain in their seats until after the recessional.
    • There will be no formal recessional for students.

After the Ceremony


Family and friends are asked to meet the new alumni on the concourse or outside Bartow Arena; they will not be allowed on the arena floor.