UAB to honor summer graduates with two ceremonies Friday, Aug. 11

This summer, 1,775 students will graduate and nearly 1,000 will walk in two commencement exercises in UAB’s Bartow Arena, which will be streamed online.

Commencement Class of 2023 eReporter newThe University of Alabama at Birmingham will mark summer graduations with two commencement exercises, both Friday, Aug. 11.

This summer, 1,775 students are eligible to graduate and 1,065 are expected to walk in the ceremonies, which will be held Friday morning and Friday afternoon in Bartow Arena. Watch the UAB livestream of the ceremonies on Facebook and YouTube. Use the hashtag #UABClassof2023.

The first ceremony, for all graduate students, including master’s, educational specialist and doctoral, will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 11. For summer 2023, the UAB Graduate School will confer the university’s highest degrees on 182 students from 24 states and 14 countries, representing 31 disciplines. Austin Green, a senior majoring in music, will sing the national anthem and the alma mater.

The second ceremony, for all undergraduate students, will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 11. Quan Patterson, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice, will sing the national anthem and the alma mater.

Full details about the ceremonies are available on the UAB commencement website. All participating students are asked to wear flat shoes. There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend the ceremonies, and parking is free. Thirteenth Street South between Sixth Avenue and University Boulevard will be closed to through traffic Friday.

Professor Joe L. March, Ph.D., of the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Chemistry will carry the mace for both ceremonies. March is an associate director in the Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program and has served as chair of the UAB Faculty Senate.

March is a recipient of a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Alabama Professor of the Year Award for his commitment to undergraduate education. 

The Faculty Brass Quintet from the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music will perform, and The Alabama Pipes and Drums will lead the procession for both ceremonies.