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Graduation FAQs

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Family and friends unable to attend the ceremony can watch AUM graduation live online.

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The live feed will begin when the ceremony begins.

Spring and Summer 2020: Saturday, August 15, 2020

Spring/Summer 2020 Walking Order

The College of Business

The College of Education

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Sciences

Fall 2020: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Commencement and Graduation?
Graduation is the completion of all graduation requirements and official posting of a student's degree to his/her academic record. Commencement is the ceremony in which students who are eligible to graduate participate.

I will be finishing up my program during the summer. When will I be able to participate in the commencement ceremony?
While degrees are awarded three times during the year (May, August, and December), there are only two formal commencement ceremonies (May and December). Typically, the December commencement program includes those students who had graduated during the previous August as well as those students finishing their program in December. However, this year the Spring 2020 AND Summer 2020 graduates will have a commencement ceremony on August 15, 2020.

What do I need to do before I graduate?
Students nearing completion of their degree requirements should apply for graduation when registering for their final term.

How do I apply to graduate?

Application Process:

  1. Meet with your advisor and confirm that you are on track to graduate at the end of the term.
  2. Complete the online Graduation Application through MYAUM/Webster account by the deadline to apply for the current semester. A confirmation page will be displayed showing your application has been accepted. It is highly recommended that you print this page for your own records.               
  3. Pay the non-refundable graduation fee ($85 for undergraduates and $98 for graduate students). This fee will be posted to your student account. 
  4. All relevant information concerning graduation will be sent to you by email. Please be sure to frequently check your AUM email. All graduation communication will go through AUM email addresses only. 

When do I apply to graduate?
Summer 2020 online graduation application window: 3/27/20 – 6/19/20
Fall 2020 online graduation application window: 3/27/20 – 8/28/20

How do I get a cap and gown for the ceremony?
You must pick up your cap and gown before the graduation ceremony from the AUM Bookstore. (Caps and gowns are in stock at the AUM Bookstore; therefore, you do not have to pre-order.) There is no additional charge for the cap and gown.

Where may I order graduation invitations?
You may order invitations to the commencement ceremony from a vendor through the AUM Bookstore.

How many guests may I invite?
Due to the larger than normal graduating class this Spring/Summer 2020 and the current State Health Order requiring six foot social distancing, graduates may invite no more than five guests. All graduates, guests, faculty, and staff are required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing of six feet among non-household members at all times.

When should my guests arrive?
Guests should arrive between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Where should my guests park?
All guests should park by and enter through the South Gate.

What is appropriate dress for the ceremony?
Candidates are encouraged to wear black clothing under the gown. Comfortable black dress shoes are recommended since you will be doing a lot of standing and walking. The tassel on your mortar board hangs on the right of the cap as you enter the ceremony. During the ceremony when the degrees are conferred, you will move it to the left.

When and where should graduates go on August 15th?
Graduating students will receive an email to their AUM email address with commencement instructions when the commencement date nears. Read it carefully. Graduates are to park by and enter through the North Gate. Student check-in will begin at 7:15 a.m. and graduates will receive further instructions upon check-in. Graduates should arrive wearing their regalia and should not bring any personal items, such as purses, inside.

Spring/Summer 2020 Walking Order

The College of Business

The College of Education

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Sciences

How do I get honor cords?
If you qualify, academic honor cords and/or military honor cords will be distributed during the check-in process. (Please contact the specific organizations for honorary scholastic cords. If you are receiving a cord from another organization, pick it up from the sponsor in advance of commencement.)

How are academic honors determined?
Undergraduates are eligible for academic honors. Graduate students do not receive academic honors.

  • A minimum of 50 resident hours at AUM is required to be eligible for academic honors.
  • All undergraduate coursework, including repeated and  forgiven courses, is counted in honors determination.
  • Honors are based on both the AUM and OVERALL GPA.  The lower of the two GPAs determines the honors designations.
  • Honors will be determined after all current grades are received.
  • Summa Cum Laude - minimum overall GPA of 3.8; Magna Cum Laude - minimum overall GPA of 3.6; and Cum Laude - minimum overall GPA of 3.4
  • Academic honor cords (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude) and military honor cords will be distributed during the pre-ceremony.  (Please contact the specific organizations for honorary scholastic cords in advance of the ceremony.)

What if a candidate or a guest of a candidate needs special accommodations?
If a graduate has a disability and requires assistance, contact the Registrar's Office by August 1, 2020 at 334-244-3125 or email Guests who need wheelchair access and may sit in sections I, J, and K near the South Gate entrance. While there will not be any preceding seating reservations, there will be staff to assist with guest seating.

How much is the graduation fee and when is it assessed?

The non-refundable graduation fee ($85 for undergraduates and $98 for graduate students) will be posted to your student account. You will be notified by email when the fee has been assessed to your account.

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to Summer graduates on August 7th to the address provided on the graduation application. Graduates may email to confirm or change the mailing address.

What if I do not complete degree requirements or need to change my graduation date to a later semester?

University regulations require that all degree candidates be enrolled during the term of graduation. If a student fails to graduate in the term for which application is made, the applicant must reapply in a subsequent term. (The graduation fee will not be assessed for reapplication.)

To re-apply, please contact

I applied for graduation but haven't received any information?
Contact or the Registrar’s Office at 244-3125.

Can I get a replacement copy of my diploma?
Complete the Request for Replacement Diploma (located on the Registrar’s page of the AUM website) along with $35 and mail to:

          Auburn University at Montgomery
          Registrar’s Office
          114 Taylor Center
          P O Box 244023
          Montgomery, AL 36124-4023