Commencement Ceremony


Graduates, except for doctoral graduates, should report to the arena floor at least 45 minutes before the start of your ceremony.  Please enter through the entrances on the “Student Entry” doors on the north side entrance of the arena and then proceed down the stairs to the right which leads to the arena floor.

Undergraduate degree recipients should seat themselves in the section for their college/school without regard to alphabetical order. Masters and Educational Specialists degree recipients should seat themselves in the Master’s section without regard to alphabetical order. Signs and rows will indicate the section for the college/school.

Doctoral degree recipients, should report to Room 2120 of the Auburn Arena at least 45 minutes before the start of your ceremony.  Enter the arena through the Scholarship Entrance adjacent to the parking lot.  Go directly up the stairs.  At the top of the first flight of stairs, go to the left, through the double doors and down a short hall.  Signs will direct you to Room 2120. Name cards will be distributed at this time. Doctoral graduates will march to the arena with their major professors.


Auburn University has implemented several policies designed to ensure the continued safety of guests at University events held in the commencement ceremony venue. Increased security is the focal point in the new entrance procedures. Guests will be permitted to bring small cameras (including small video cameras - no tripods or stands), small purses or equivalent handbags into the venue. Items that are prohibited in the venue include backpacks, umbrellas, coolers, alcohol, weapons and wrapped gifts. Guests are urged to arrive early to the ceremony and to limit the items they bring with them. Law enforcement personnel will search/screen all items that are brought into the venue, including purses, camera bags, strollers, diaper bags and ambulatory assistance devices (wheel chairs, crutches, canes, etc.).


Guests should enter through the “Auburn Arena” doors on the north side entrance of the arena. Seating for guests is on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets are required for guests to attend the ceremony.

Students are not limited as to the number of guests they may invite to attend graduation. The practice of families saving seats for multiple guests’ late arrival is discouraged. If access problems into the venue necessitate saving a few seats, we request that they be limited to no more than four seats in a single row. All guests are encouraged to be respectful and courteous to other guests. Everyone has a significant relative or friend in the ceremony that they want to see.


Name cards for all graduates, except for doctoral graduates, will be available for pickup in the Haley Center Lobby (by the inside entrance of the AU Bookstore) on July 31 and August 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Please bring the name card with you to graduation. (Doctoral graduates will receive name cards on the day of graduation.) The name card provides your name to the Announcer for individual recognition as you walk across the stage. You will hand this name card to the Announcer on stage. Only your first and last names will be read on stage. If you prefer a middle or maiden name to be read, please line through the other name listed and legibly write the name you want read.

It is important that graduates come to the commencement ceremony venue dressed in proper attire and be seated immediately so the ceremony may begin promptly. Staff from the Office of the Registrar will be available to assist you and to issue another name card if the previous one is not available.

We ask that cell phones and pagers be turned off or put in the silent mode when the processional begins and to refrain from using either of them during the ceremony. Each graduate has his or her time on the stage, and that time should be a happy one for each family and friend.

In order to maintain the dignity of the ceremony and ensure that each student is properly recognized, we ask for your cooperation in observing the following regulations:

1. No champagne or other alcoholic beverages are allowed in the venue.
2. No beach balls, airplanes, or other inflatable objects are allowed at the ceremony.
3. No silly string or other toys should be taken to graduation.
4. Do not leave the venue until the ceremony is over and the platform guests and faculty have recessed from the stage.


It is a very special day of celebration for students and guests and all are encouraged to be courteous to other guests. Students are also encouraged to exhibit behavior that is appropriate to recognizing the academic achievement of your degree and to demonstrate the spirit and words expressed in the Auburn Creed.

Graduates should rise as the faculty and administration march into the venue. Please remain standing during the National Anthem (male graduates should remove their caps).

After the graduation address, the President will confer degrees on graduates by colleges/schools. The graduates will be directed to come to the stage for individual recognition. Graduates will stand, as directed, one row at a time beginning with the Graduate School. Graduates will walk to the stage, present their name card to the Announcer for reading, receive the Auburn Creed from their Dean, be greeted by the President and return to their seats.

The ceremony will conclude with a recessional by the stage party and faculty only. If you choose to attend the commencement ceremony, you will be expected to remain until its conclusion.


Diplomas and a supplemental letter with miniature diploma will be mailed to the students about 6 - 8 weeks after graduation.  Diplomas are shipped by the United States Postal Service.  Please ensure that the diploma mailing address you provided on the Diploma Online Application will be a relevant address at the time of diploma shipment.  It is the student's responsibility to provide a sufficient/relevant address.  An e-mail will be sent to the student's AU e-mail address once the diploma ships.

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