Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the venue?
The Auburn University Graduation/Commencement Ceremonies are held in the Auburn Arena located on Heisman Drive.  (Auburn Arena, 250 Beard-Eaves Court, Auburn, AL)

Are tickets required to attend the ceremony?
No – Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Is there a limit on the number of guests that a graduate may bring?
No – Auburn University does not limit the number of guests that graduates can invite.

How long does the commencement ceremony last?
The ceremonies typically last between 1 ½ - 2 hours.

When do the doors open to the Auburn Arena on graduation day?
Doors open two hours prior to the start of the ceremony.

Can we reserve seats in the Arena?
Unfortunately, we do not allow guests to reserve seats.  Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis.  Doors open two hours prior to the start of the ceremony.  (If access problems necessitate saving a few seats, please limit them to no more than four seats in one row.) 

Where can I park?
Please visit and click on “Driving Directions and Parking” located in the left-hand links.  You can click on and download a parking map.

Are there any special accommodations at the ceremony for individuals needing assistance?
Please visit and click on “Special Accommodations” located in the left-hand links.

What if I or my family member needs first aid during the ceremony?
EMTS and the Auburn Fire Division will have personnel in the Auburn Arena to assist with any medical emergencies.  The First Aid Station is located on the west side of the main concourse area.

Is there a rehearsal for the ceremony?
No – Students should arrive to the ceremony at least 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

  • Once you arrive on the arena floor, locate where your college/school is sitting on the floor and sit within that section without regard to alphabetical order.
    • Undergraduate degree recipients should seat themselves in the section for their college/school.
    • Masters and Education Specialists degree recipients should seat themselves in the Masters' section (Graduate School).
    • Doctoral degree recipients should report to Room 2120 in the Auburn Arena to line up for the processional with their major professor.
  • Signs and rows will indicate the section for the college/school.
  • You will need your NAME CARD to walk across the stage.
  • Staff members from the Registrar’s Office will guide students to the stage during the ceremony.

What should I wear with my black robe?

  • Men:  Dress pants, preferably dark, and dark shoes (please, no jeans, athletic shoes or sandals).
  • Women:  Dress, or top with skirt or dark pants (no jeans); the robe’s separate white collar is optional.
  • Undergraduates:  As you put on your mortar board, remember that the tassel is worn on the right; it will be switched to the left side near the end of the ceremony.

***Please note that graduates will be asked by security personnel to either remove your robe or raise it up upon entering the Auburn Arena.  This is done for the safety of all guests.***

Why was my name not printed in the commencement program (booklet)?

  • On your Diploma On-Line Application, you requested that your name not be published in the program OR
  • You did not fill out your Diploma On-Line Application by the commencement program printing deadline

Do you take a picture when my graduate walks across the stage?
Commencement photos are taken by Auburn University’s Photographic Services and will be available online at  A proof will also be mailed to the domestic mailing address of each graduate within three weeks after graduation.  Photos are available for purchase.

Some of my family members cannot attend the ceremonies.  Is there a way they can still watch it live?
Students with family members who cannot attend commencement exercises can direct them to for live streaming video of the ceremony.  The broadcast requires the free RealPlayer software.  The video stream will begin at approximately 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Can I tailgate?
Auburn University does not discourage tailgating during Graduation/Commencement; however, only certain areas are open for tailgating.  These areas include the Student Center Greenspace and the Nichols Center Lawn.  Samford Hall Park is NOT a tailgating site due to the number of graduates who would like to have their photo taken in front of Samford Hall.

Where can an RV or bus park?
All buses or RVs must park in the West Village Parking Lot located on the west side of campus.  Buses and RVs are allowed to drop off passengers at the bus turn-in on War Eagle Way prior to parking in the West Village Parking Lot.  Buses and RVs may not park in the Auburn Arena Parking Lot or the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Parking Lot.



When will I receive my diploma?
You will receive your diploma about 6 – 8 weeks after graduation to the mailing address you indicated on your Diploma On-Line Application.  An e-mail will be sent to your AU e-mail address once the diploma ships.

Note:  Diplomas are ordered after the degree audit is complete.  The degree audit occurs after the graduation ceremonies.

What is the size of the diploma?
Diplomas are 17” (wide) by 13” (high).

Is a minor printed on the diploma?
No.  Minors are printed on the transcript only.

Diploma Questions about Double Majors or Concurrent Degrees:

Double Major – one diploma with two majors indicated

  • However, if the secondary major is in a different college/school than the primary major or is in the same college/school as the primary major but has different degree titles, then only the primary major information will be reflected on the diploma.

  • Note:  The transcript will reflect both majors.

Concurrent Degrees – two diplomas (one for each degree)

I walked on Sunday during the Spring graduation ceremonies; however, my diploma shows Saturday’s date.  Is this a mistake?
No.  Due to the increased volume of graduates during the Spring term, Auburn University has four ceremonies over a two day period.  Auburn University’s records reflect one official graduation date for each term.  This particular date will appear on all diplomas and transcripts as the official graduation date.

How can I obtain a Replacement Diploma?
Please visit and click on “Replacement Diplomas” located in the left-hand links.



Honor Information:
The university issues a gold honor cord to any undergraduate student who is potentially eligible for Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude.  Being issued an honor cord does not represent a final certification of graduation honors on the student’s diploma or transcriptOfficial honor certification is finalized after the commencement ceremonies once the degree audit is complete.

Please visit and click on “Honor Information” located in the left-hand links for additional details regarding honors.

What fees are associated with graduation?

UNIV4AA0 - University Graduation
Students must register for this administrative course (non-graded, no coursework) in the term in which graduation is to occur.  Enrollment in this course provides Auburn University with a list of expected degree candidates so that all administrative work can be processed in plenty of time for graduation.

UNDG4900 – Clearing for Undergraduate Graduation
The undergraduate student who is registered for no credit hours at Auburn University in the term of graduation will be registered for this administrative course (non-graded, no coursework).

Cap & Gown
A cap and gown is required to participate in the commencement ceremony.  Please visit and click on “Caps and Gowns” located in the left-hand links for additional information regarding cap and gown information.

Graduation Announcements
Announcements are optional.  Please visit and click on “Announcements” located in the left-hand links for additional information regarding announcements.

Graduation Photos
Photos are optional.  Please visit and click on “Photos and Videos” located in the left-hand links for additional information regarding graduation photos.


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