Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Friday University Commencement?

The University Commencement includes the graduation traditions, including a commencement address and the formal conferral of all degrees. Graduates will recieve a commemorative cord (only available Friday) For those who are unable to attend the ceremony, Auburn will provide a live stream of the ceremonies at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.

Is attendance at the Friday Commencement required?

Yes. All Fall graduates are required to attend in order to receive their name cards for the Saturday ceremony.

What time do the commencement ceremonies start?

Friday, December 9th - TBD – University Commencement
*Saturday, December 10 - TBD – Individual College Ceremonies Begin
*Please see the schedule for specific colleges times on the main page.

What time should graduates arrive at the arena?

Friday graduates should arrive no later than 4:00 pm and enter the arena through the main student entrance doors. Saturday all undergraduate college and Graduate School ceremonies will be held in the Neville Arena, with the first ceremony beginning at TBD. Graduates must enter through the Student Entrance Arena doors at designated times (see the ceremony schedule times on the main page).

What time can guests arrive at the arena?

Friday, Doors open at TBD • Saturday, doors open at TBD

What time will commencement end?

Commencement will end on Friday, TBD • on Saturday, TBD.

Each college will have a designated start time, please refer to the schedule on the commencement website.

Are graduates limited to the number of guests they bring?

Guest are not limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. ADA seating section is located at the top of the seats. Accessibility guests will need to take the elevator to that level.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Any updates or changes due to weather will be posted on the commencement website home page. All ceremonies will be live-streamed via the Auburn University Commencement website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.

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.

Can graduates wear high heels?

Please wear flats or wedges..

What should guests wear?

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

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 on Saturday and have their names called. Graduates will receive a copy of The Auburn Creed folder. Guests can see their graduate’s name displayed on the video board Friday night following the ceremony.

Will Photographic Services take photos during graduation?

Yes. AU Photographic Services will take pictures of each graduate as they process across the stage. 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. NOTE: Spring graduates receive their diplomas approximately six to eight weeks following commencement. An email is sent to the graduate’s Auburn University email address once their diploma ships.

Will there be graduation programs?

Spring Commencement Programs will be available at entrance gates.

Other items to purchase or pickup?

Flowers will be available to purchase on the stadium concourse. Free commemorative commencement buttons will be available to pick up at the entrance gates. The AU Bookstore will be open on commencement day.

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.

Last updated: August 10, 2022