Commencement for Spring 2016 Graduates

Summer 2016 GraduatesThe University of North Alabama does not have a summer commencement ceremony; however, if you are a summer graduating senior, you may choose to participate in the Fall 2016 commencement ceremony.  Please email no later than November 1st.

Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 14, 2016, and will be held in two separate ceremonies, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.. The graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing will participate in the first ceremony at 10:00 a.m.. The graduates from the College of Business and the College of  Education and Human Sciences will participate in the second ceremony at 2:00 p.m..

The final fall graduation list will be posted at 2:00 p.m. on May 13, 2016 (click on current term graduation list in the left column). The name you have chosen to be on your diploma will be the name used on all official listings for graduation. This name will be the name printed in the commencement program and the newspaper (the date it is printed is determined by each individual newspaper). If you signed the confidentiality request, your name will not appear on any lists or in the newspaper.

For those students attending the commencement ceremony see the schedule below.

  • In order to receive your diploma, all financial obligations must be cleared through the Business Office.
  • Invitations may be ordered through the Grad Fair and the University Bookstore, but should be ordered in sufficient time to assure delivery (4-6 weeks before graduation).
  • Academic regalia will be available in the University Bookstore approximately three to four weeks prior to graduation up to graduation day.
  • Career Planning and Development is available, without charge, to assist ALL graduates in preparing for the job search!  Your resume and LionJobs account should be created early; and, you should meet with a CPD staff member for individual guidance on planning your career!
  • Compliance with Federal regulations requires your signature on all requests for transcripts from the University of North Alabama. This information is submitted to you so the issuance of any transcripts you require will not be delayed. 
  • For transcript information call (256) 765-4981.
  • If you choose to postpone your graduation to another semester, you may transfer your application to another term by completing the Graduation Application Change Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office.

I. Schedule of Events

Friday, May 13, 2016
2:00 p.m. Graduation List Posted
3:15 p.m. Required Rehearsal - Flowers Hall
Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. Candidates for Ceremony 1 line up in Flowers Hall
10:00 a.m. Ceremony 1 Begins - College of Arts and Sciences and College of Nursing
1:30 p.m. Candidates for Ceremony 2 line up in Flowers Hall
2:00 p.m. Ceremony 2 Begins - College of Business and College of  Education and Human Sciences

II. Photographs

Photographs will be made of all candidates receiving their diplomas during the presentation of diplomas. At a later date, you should receive a proof and an order form from the photographer.

III. Gowns and Attire

Caps, gowns, and hoods may be obtained at the University Bookstore in The Commons on the ground floor ( It is suggested that women wear dark dresses, no jewelry, and low-heeled shoes. Both men and women should wear dark shoes.

IV.   Honors

Honor Cords for Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude will be available for purchase at rehearsal.  This information will be posted on the final graduation list mentioned above.

V. Special Assistance

Any student who is physically challenged and needs special assistance at commencement, please notify Cassie N. Morgan, Registrar, at 256-765-4319 by May 1, 2016. If graduates have family members who need help, please call Public Safety at 256-765-4357.

VI. Diplomas

All Diplomas will be mailed approximately 2 business weeks after graduation.  If your mailing address has changed since you applied for graduation, please contact the Office of the Registrar prior to May 1, 2016.

VII. Commencement programs will be in your seat.

PLEASE NOTE: The ceremony will be available at  on live Internet for friends and families that cannot attend in person.  The following day an archive of the event will be available at the same address. Also, Comcast Cable television broadcasts the commencement ceremony (times unknown).