Graduation Information

Applying for Graduation  |  Commencement  |  Diplomas 

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!  Follow the below step-by-step instructions below to ensure you meet all graduation requirements.

Step 1: Check your official Degree Audit
Step 2: Apply for Graduation - (Step-by-Step Instructions)

Degree candidates must apply for graduation by the specified deadline:

SPRING 2017: 5-1-2016 thru 8-31-2016 FEE $30
SUMMER 2017: 9-1-2016 thru 2-1-2017 FEE $30
FALL 2017: 2-2-2017  thru 6-1-2017 FEE $30
SPRING 2018: 6-2-2017 thru 10-1-2017 FEE $30
Step 3: Check your graduation application via your UNA Portal account. The link to your submitted application can be found in the Graduation area under Academics. You can verify your graduation term, diploma name, and diploma mailing address here.

Step 4: If there are any changes in your graduation information, complete the Graduation Application Change Form.
Changes made on any other form will not change your graduation information.


Fall Commencement will be Saturday, December 17, 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. Both ceremonies will take place in Flowers Hall. We welcome family and friends who are unable to attend to join us via webcast ( (available Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM)

*Summer 2016 GraduatesThe University of North Alabama does not have a summer commencement ceremony.  If you are a summer graduate, you may choose to participate in the Fall 2017 commencement ceremony.  Please email no later than November 1st.

I. Schedule of Events

Friday, December 16, 2016
3:00 p.m. Required Rehearsal - Flowers Hall
Saturday, December 17, 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 Images Kept Photography.

III. Announcements

Invitations may be ordered through the University Bookstore, but should be ordered in sufficient time to assure delivery (4-6 weeks before graduation).

III. Gowns and Attire

Caps, gowns, and hoods may be obtained thee-four weeks in advance at the University Bookstore in The Commons on the ground floor ( It is suggested that women wear dark dresses, no jewelry, and low-heeled dark shoes. Men should wear dark pants and shoes.  **Stoles and/or cap decorations are not permitted.**

IV.   Tassels

Baccalaureate degree candidates should wear the tassel on the right side of the cap.  All Master’s degree candidates should wear the tassel on the left side.  During the commencement ceremony, bachelor’s degree candidates will be instructed to move their tassels to the left.

V.   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.

VI. Special Assistance

Any student who needs special assistance at commencement due to physical challenges should notify the Office of the Registrar by December 1, 2016. If graduates have family members who need help, please call Public Safety at 256-765-4357.

VII. Commencement Programs

Commencement programs will be in your seat at the commencement ceremony.  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.

Diploma Information

Diplomas are mailed approximately 3-4 weeks after graduation. If your mailing address has changed since you applied for graduation, please contact the Office of the Registrar prior to December 1, 2016.  In order to receive your diploma, all financial obligations must be cleared through the Business Office.  If you need to request a replacement diploma, please print the Diploma Reorder Form.  Submit completed forms to the Office of the Registrar.