Protocol

Commencement marks the pinnacle of academic achievement, and the university proudly celebrates the occasion with formal pomp and circumstance. Please help us provide a memorable event for all involved.

  • Guests should be seated before the procession begins. Guest seating is first-come, first-seated.
  • No guests are permitted in the graduates' seating area.
  • Guests will not be seated during the processional; late arrivals must wait until the procession ends.
  • Cell phones should be placed on silent mode.
  • Dress appropriately for the occasion (and the season).
  • Please remain for the entire ceremony as a sign of respect for all graduates.
  • Photographs are encouraged, but please remain in your seat when photographing or recording any portion of the ceremony. Photographs of each graduate as they cross the stage are available from professional vendors who will contact all graduates with purchasing information. Family pictures with the graduate in full academic regalia are generally taken before the ceremony.
Graduates

Prohibited Items

For the safety and courtesy of all graduates and guests, the following items are prohibited in all graduation ceremonies:

  • Bottled Water or any Bottled Liquids
  • Food Purchased Outside the Facility
  • Balloons
  • Wrapped Gifts
  • Air Horns
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol

Photography

Photographs are encouraged, but please remain in your seat when photographing or recording any portion of the ceremony.

Photographs of each graduate as they cross the stage are available from professional vendors who will contact all graduates with purchasing information. Color photographs are available from University Photography, P. O. Box 2454, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2454, 205-391-9500. Graduation proofs are usually mailed from the vendor within 7-10 days of graduation. There is no obligation to purchase these photos. Family pictures with the graduate in full academic regalia are generally taken before the ceremony.