Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Spring ceremonies being held at Jordan-Hare Stadium?

The university is hosting spring commencement ceremonies at Jordan-Hare Stadium to provide a venue large enough to support necessary safety protocols while allowing graduates to have guests. For those who are unable to attend the ceremony, Auburn will provide a livestream of the ceremonies at www.auburn.edu/commencement.

What is the Friday commencement address?

The Friday commencement address will include the elements of a traditional ceremony, including a commencement address, and the formal conferral of all degrees. For those who are unable to attend the ceremony, Auburn will provide a livestream of the ceremonies at www.auburn.edu/commencement.

Is attendance at the Friday Commencement Address required?

No. Undergraduates are encouraged to attend but not required.

What time do the 8 commencement ceremonies start?

Friday, April 30 - 5:30 pm

*Saturday, May 1- 8:00 am

Monday, May 3 - Pharmacy 1:00 pm and Veterinary Medicine 6:00 pm.

*Please see schedule for specific schools/colleges times on main page.

What time should graduates arrive at the stadium?

Graduates should arrive at the stadium no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of their school/college ceremony. Graduates will enter Jordan-Hare Stadium through Gate 10.

What time can guests arrive at the stadium?

Friday, Gates open at 4:00 pm • Saturday, Gates open at 7:00 am • Monday, doors open two hours prior.

What time will commencement end?

Commencement will end Friday, 8:00 pm • Saturday, 4:00 pm.
Each school/college will have a designated start time, please refer to the schedule on the commencement website.

Do graduates have to wear face coverings?

Yes. All graduates are required to wear a face mask upon entering Jordan-Hare Stadium. Graduates are only allowed to remove their mask when processing across the stage. All guests must follow the current AU policy regarding face coverings at the time of commencement. If not required, guests are highly encouraged to wear face coverings.

What gates do graduates and guests enter through?

Guests should enter the stadium through Gate 8, 7, 6, 5. Graduates should enter the stadium through Gate 10 next to the Harbert Recruiting Center.

Are graduates be limited to the number of guests they bring?

No. Graduates may have unlimited guests, in the stadium. Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis in the stands. There is no seating on the field. If the ceremony is moved to the Auburn Arena due to severe weather, guests are not be permitted. The ceremony can be viewed live on the Auburn University Commencement website at www.auburn.edu/commencement.

What safety measures are required for commencement?

  • Face Coverings: Required for all graduates. Guests entering Jordan-Hare Stadium/Auburn Arena must follow the current AU policy regarding face coverings at the time of commencement. If not required, guests are highly encouraged to wear face coverings.

  • Physical Distancing: Guests/groups of guests are asked to physically distance in the stands and on the field.
    Graduates will be spaced apart to allow for practicable physical distancing.

  • Hand Sanitizer: Stations are provided as students enter the field and walk to the stage. Stations are provided at main entrances for family and guest.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

The university will follow one of the following contingency plans in the event of inclement weather:

Plan A: If on graduation day there is light rainfall, the ceremonies will proceed as planned. Guests will be allowed to bring umbrellas.

Plan B: If the rainfall is more than “light,” the ceremony will be postponed until the rain lightens enough to continue with the ceremony. New start times will be announced on the commencement website and via social media/email to graduates.

Plan C: If more significant weather is forecasted, commencement will transition to Sunday, May 2. If Sunday’s weather is severe, ceremonies will move to the Auburn Arena. However, due to limited seating and the need for physical distancing, guests are not permitted in the Arena. An announcement will be sent to graduates and posted on the commencement website. All ceremonies will be livestreamed via the Auburn University Commencement website at www.auburn.edu/commencement.

Where can graduates and guests park?

The stadium deck provides access to the stadium gates 8, 7, 6, 5. The arena and coliseum parking lots are also available parking areas.

Is tailgating permitted?

No. Tailgating is not permitted prior to any commencement.

Will concessions be sold?

Yes. Concession stands will be open inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Guests are allowed to bring in one unopened, factory-sealed bottle of water (up to one liter in size).

What should graduates wear under their regalia?

Due to the ever-changing Alabama weather, all graduates are encouraged to wear weather appropriate, comfortable clothing under their regalia. However, please be mindful that all graduates will be asked to remove or lift up their gown upon entering the Harbert Recruiting Center.

Can graduates wear high heels?

Please wear flats or wedges, graduates will be processing the whole length of Pat Dye field, which is uneven in spots.

What should guests wear?

Guests should dress comfortably and be prepared for Alabama temperatures. Please check the weather forecast for the day.

Can guests go onto the field during the ceremony?

Yes. Guests are permitted on the Pat Dye Field. However, at Friday’s commencement address we are only allowing PhD and Master students and guests are permitted guests on the field during the ceremony.

Can guests and graduates bring an umbrella?

Yes. Guests may bring umbrellas into the stadium for commencement. Please be courteous of other guests when using umbrellas.

Will graduates be able to walk across the stage?

Yes. All graduates will walk across the stage and have their name called. However, no physical contact, including handshakes, is permitted with the stage party. Graduates will receive a copy of The Auburn Creed folder. Guests can see their graduates name on the stadium video board.

Will Photographic Services take photos during graduation?

Yes. Photographic Services will take pictures of each graduate as they process across the stage. Graduates will also have their photo taken with Aubie if they choose. Ceremony photos can be downloaded for free through the commencement website approximately two weeks after commencement. Personal pictures and videos can be taken anytime during the ceremony.

Can guests take photos, flash photography, and videos during the event?

Flash photography and large, free-standing cameras are permitted. Phones and cameras are allowed.

Will anything be handed to the graduates when they cross the stage?

Graduates will receive The Auburn Creed folder.

How do graduates get their diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately six-eight weeks following commencement. An email is sent to the graduate’s Auburn University email address once their diploma ships.

What can graduates and guests bring into Jordan-Hare Stadium?

All graduates and guests must adhere to athletic venue policies. With exception for umbrellas being allowed and clear bags are optional.

Will there be graduation programs?

Spring Commencement Programs will be available at entrance gates and exiting gate 9.

Other items to purchase or pickup?

Flowers will be available to purchase at Gate 8. Commemorative commencement buttons will be available to pick up at the entrance gates. The AU Bookstore will be open commencement day.

Will the #AUBURNGRAD sign be available for photos?

The hashtag sign will be on Samford lawn Saturday, May 1 from 8 am - 5 pm.

Anything else I need to know?

  • EMT’s will be on site during the ceremonies. For emergencies, please call 911.

  • Please dress appropriately for the weather in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

  • Smoking is not permitted inside Jordan-Hare Stadium or on university property.

  • Face coverings are required on university property at all times.

Last updated: February 26, 2021