Una Announces Spring, Summer Commencement Update
Jul. 02, 2020
Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at email@example.com, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033
July 2, 2020
FLORENCE, AL - The University of North Alabama has updated its commencement plans for July 31 and August 1, adding ceremonies in order to accommodate graduates as well as guests to the event which will be live-streamed on UNA's Official YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/UNAroarlions. The updated commencement schedule is as follows:
- Friday, July 31:
- 5 p.m.: Undergraduate students from the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Sciences.
- 7:30 p.m.: Graduate students from the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Sciences.
- Saturday, Aug. 1:
- 9 a.m.: Undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences.
- 11:30 a.m.: Undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences.
(Undergraduate COAS students will be notified via email of which ceremony to attend.)
- 2 p.m.: Undergraduate students from the College of Business.
- 4:30 p.m.: Graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business.
All ceremonies are scheduled to take place in Norton Auditorium.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded the University remain flexible with all its plans, including commencement," said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. "I am pleased that the University can implement a commencement strategy that safeguards the health of all participants; allows for family and friends to attend; and, most importantly, celebrates our fine graduates from spring and summer."
In keeping the health and safety of the campus community and its guests in mind, the University has implemented these steps:
All graduates, guests, and staff are required to wear masks. Masks will be provided to graduates and staff only. Guests must provide their own masks.
Graduates are allowed a maximum of four guests. The graduate and their guests must check in together as a party. A health screening questionnaire will be assessed, and temperatures will be checked for all members of the graduate's party. If any member of the graduate's party answers "yes" to a health screening question or has a temperature of 100.4 or above, no one in the graduate's party will be permitted into the ceremony, including the graduate.
The guests of the graduate's party will be given wristbands and escorted to their seats as a group.
Spring/Summer 2020 graduates will receive an attendance request to their UNA email account. An RSVP is mandatory and must be received by Wednesday, July 22.
All graduates will receive confirmation of their ceremony attendance and times by Tuesday, July 28.
"The University actively considered and thoroughly vetted all campus and community venues for commencement. The six-ceremony plan using Norton Auditorium is clearly the best option," said Dr. Alexander. "This commencement plan conforms to ADPH and CDC protocols and recommendations and has been endorsed by the University's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force."
All commencement activities are subject to change depending on health orders issued by the Gov. Kay Ivey.
About The University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/