Dress Code/Academic Regalia

Commencement recognizes the academic achievements of UAB graduates and is considered a formal academic ceremony that should be viewed as such in dress and demeanor. The recommended dress for doctoral graduates is comfortable business attire. 
The deadline for students to:

  • purchase their own custom doctoral regalia is Friday, March 20, 2015 for the Spring ceremony
  • rent a doctoral regalia package is Saturday, April 4, 2015 for the Spring ceremony

Grad Send-Off

Barnes & Noble @ UAB will be hosting Grad Send-Off on Monday, March 2, 2015, and Tuesday, March 3, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Grad Send-Off is a one-stop celebration for UAB graduates.  Representatives from Balfour, CB Graduation Announcemets, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Society will be present to help graduates with the purchase of caps and gowns, graduation announcements, rings, diploma frames, and mementos.

Academic Regalia Cost*

Students may:

  • purchase their own custom regalia between Monday, February 9, 2015 and the purchase deadline date of Friday, March 20, 2015.
  • rent a doctoral regalia package between Monday, March 2, 2015 and the rental deadline date of Saturday, April 4, 2015.


Doctoral Rental Package

Doctoral Custom Regalia Purchase

Full Regalia


Contact the bookstore for price options

Rental doctoral regalia will be available at Barnes & Noble @ UAB (Food Fair Bldg., 12th Street and 6th Ave. South, 205-996-2665) one week prior to your ceremony.  If you choose shipping* for your rental regalia, it will arrive at your home 3 business days prior to the ceremony.   Store hours and complete contact information are available on the UAB Bookstore website.  Custom purchased regalia will be directly shipped to the address you choose.
*Shipping for the continental United States will be provided for $6.95.

Online/Distance Learning Students

Online and distance learning students, who do not reside in the Birmingham area, should contact George Bennett gbennett@uab.edu at Barnes & Noble @ UAB to obtain information on regalia shipping. Please allow one business week for replying to email messages.