Commencement Ceremonies

Important Updates:
  • Weather Update:
    Weather forecasts for April 30 and May 1 predict minimal chances of rain and a high temperature of 80 degrees on Saturday. All ceremonies will proceed as planned. Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably for warmer temperatures.

  • Face coverings are required when entering and exiting Jordan-Hare Stadium. Masks must be worn at all times, except when seated.

  • Accessibility drop-off is located on the bottom level of the stadium parking deck. The lower level is also reserved for accessibility parking. If the parking deck is full, golf carts will be available to shuttle those guests with accessibility needs from the Arena and Coliseum parking lots to the gates. ADA seating is available in the stand in sections 25, 33, 35 and 37.

  • The Commencement Address is open to all graduates and guests. Regalia is not required for undergraduates. Honors recognition will be a group recognition, individual names of student will not be called.

  • For weather updates as they affect the ceremonies, please refer to this page. Dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Those entering Jordan-Hare Stadium will be required to go through a metal detector and have bags checked.


Commencement Q&A Video

Commencement Countdown
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Friday, April 30
Commencement Address and Graduate School ceremony

  • Commencement Speaker - Kenneth Kelly 1990 Auburn alumnus
  • Recognition of Academic Honors
  • Degree Conferral
  • Doctoral Candidates Hooding
  • Masters Candidates

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jordan-Hare Stadium

(Unlimited guests)


Saturday, May 1
Undergraduates
(Scroll down to view your college or school time)
8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Jordan-Hare Stadium
(Unlimited guests)

Monday, May 3
1:00 p.m. - Harrison School of Pharmacy
6:00 p.m. - College of Veterinary Medicine
Auburn Arena

Commencement Speaker
Kenneth Kelly '90
(read bio)

"Auburn University provided a foundation for me that was life-changing, and having the opportunity to share this impact is an honor and tribute to all my family, instructors, classmates, peers and administrators who believed in me. My goal will be to ensure that the Class of 2021 knows that I believe in them."

- Kenneth Kelly

Spring 2021 - Saturday, May 1

Students should plan to arrive no later than 20 minutes beforehand.

College
Dean
Welcome Remarks
Education
Jeffrey Fairbrother
8:00 am
Agriculture
Paul Patterson
8:45 am
Liberal Arts
Joe Aistrup
9:15 am
Architecture, Design and Construction
Vini Nathan
10:30 am
Sciences and Mathematics
Nicholas Giordano
11:00 am
Business
Annette L. Ranft
11:40 am
Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Janaki Alavalapati
1:10 pm
Human Sciences
Susan Hubbard
1:30 pm
Nursing
Gregg Newschwander
2:00 pm
Engineering
Christopher Roberts
2:20 pm
* Time subject to change

Graduation Information

What to Expect

Friday, April 30

  • PhD students must arrive at Gate 10 no later than 4:30 p.m. Master’s students should arrive by 4:45.
  • Graduates will pick up their preprinted RFID name card from the tables located inside the Harbert Family Recruiting Center Gate 10 Entrance. 
  • Graduates will proceed to the Tiger Den for a photo with Aubie (optional).
  • PhD students will meet their professor in the Tiger Club area and receive a briefing from Dean Flowers.
  • Master’s students will be escorted to the stands to sit in sections 4-11.
  • For the processional, all gradates be led from the stands by members of the Graduation committee. Beginning with PhDs, students will process down the center of Pat Dye field to the stage. 
  • Graduates may remove their face covering once they reach the top of the stage ramp.
  • Once at the top of the ramp, they will scan their RFID card and their name will be called by the announcer. 
  • PhD students will hand their hood to their major professor for hooding. Once hooded, they will proceed to Dean Flowers, who will hand them their copy of The Auburn Creed and pose for a photo.
  • Master’s students will proceed to Dean Flowers, who will hand them their copy of the Auburn Creed and pose for a photo.
  • Graduates will process across the stage. Face coverings must be replaced after procession.
  • Graduates will then either continue on to Gate 9 to pick up a program or meet friends and family on the field or in the stands.

Saturday, May 1

  • Graduates must arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled college or school time.
  • Graduates will enter the Harbert Family Recruiting Center through Gate 10. Graduates with accessibility needs must enter through the Harbert Family Recruiting Center main entrance.
  • Graduates will pick up their preprinted RFID name card from the tables located inside the Harbert Family Recruiting Center Gate 10 Entrance. 
  • Graduates will proceed to the Tiger Den for a photo with Aubie (optional).
  • Graduates can then proceed to the field sections 1 - 11.
  • At the designated start time of each school/college, the dean will offer brief remarks.
  • The ceremony will be livestreamed throughout the building and in the courtyard.
  • Graduates will be led from the stands by members of the Graduation committee to the side of the field to walk to the stage. 
  • Graduates may remove their face covering once they reach the top of the stage ramp.
  • Once at the top of the ramp, graduates will scan their RFID card and their name will be called by the announcer. 
  • Once their name is called Graduates will proceed to their dean, who will hand them their copy of the Auburn Creed and pose for a photo.
  • Graduates will process across the stage. Face coverings must be replaced after procession.
  • Graduates will then either continue on to Gate 9 to pick up their program or meet friends and family on the field or in the stands.
Commencement Checklist

Congratulations!

Your steps toward graduation begin during the first few weeks of the semester you plan to graduate. Download the commencement checklist now and stay on track throughout the semester.

Click here for the Commencement Checklist
Introducing the Spring Class of 2021
3,522
Undergraduate Degree Applicants
822
Masters Degree Applicants
403
Doctoral Degree Applicants
1,261
Applicants with Minor
73
Applicants with Multiple Majors
3.31
Average GPA
43
Countries Represented
44
States Represented
63
63 Counties Represented
Last updated: April 30, 2021