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Information for Graduating Students

Watch AUM Commencement online live! 

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

Clicking the link above will take you to a new page. Once there, click on the current semester in the list on the left.

The live feed will begin when the ceremony begins.

Spring and Summer 2020: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

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

Instructions for the Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the Garrett Coliseum: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Graduating students will receive an email to their AUM email address with commencement instructions when the commencement date nears. Read it carefully. All attendees must perform a health check at home prior to the event. If you are sick, have a fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, you should stay home. We recommend those of you that are highly susceptible to illness due to underlying conditions to watch the ceremony online at 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. Graduates, guests, faculty, and staff are required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing of six feet among non-household members at all times.

Appropriate Dress for the Ceremony

Black clothing under the gown and black shoes are preferred. Your cap and gown must be picked up before the day of graduation. Please pick them up in the AUM Bookstore.

The gown for a candidate receiving a bachelor’s degree should fall to the knee and has long bell sleeves.

The gown for a candidate receiving a master’s degree should fall to the knee and has a sleeve that requires the wearer to poke the arms out through a slit at the elbow. The rest of the sleeve dangles to about the knee.  

hood is worn over the master’s gown. Registrar’s Office staff will assist with its placement.

The cap for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees is the mortarboard with tassel. 

Wear comfortable black shoes since graduates will be doing a lot of standing and walking.

Undergraduate students qualifying for academic honors cords (summa, magna, cum) may pick up their cords at the pre-ceremony prior to the ceremony. (If a candidate, graduate or undergraduate, is to receive a cord from any other organization, such as honor societies and Panhellenic, these cords must be picked up from the sponsor before the day of commencement.)

Special Needs

If a candidate for graduation has a disability that may require specific materials, services, or assistance, please contact the Registrar's Office by August 1st at

Photos and Video

Village Photographers will take a professional photograph of each graduate as he or she leaves the stage. Village Photographers will take pictures of every graduate. There is NO FEE for this service and NO OBLIGATION TO ORDER.  Free proofs will be sent by mail and email about a week after the ceremony. To ensure that Village Photographers has the correct address information, please sign up online. Multiple e-mail and mailing addresses may be registered. Just go to to register. You may also contact Village Photographers by email at or by phone at 334-821-9196. Each graduate will receive information directly from the company or its representatives on how to purchase their photo. Videos may be viewed and downloaded for free after the ceremony at For more information about the videos, please call 334-244-3124.

Graduation Information 

Registration: All graduating students must be registered at AUM during the term of graduation. You should be registered for “REGL - Registration Only” if:

  • you are not taking coursework at AUM this term; or 
  • you are only resolving a grade of incomplete in a course and not taking any other courses; or 
  • you are taking a comprehensive examination only. 

Incomplete Grades: Resolve all incomplete grades and ask your instructor to please submit a grade change to the AUM Registrar’s Office by 12 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020 for the Summer.

  • You may not graduate with an incomplete on your record.  
  • Grades will be changed to “F” or “U” if not resolved before graduation.  
  • No grades can be changed after the degree is awarded.​

Final Grades: All grades for Summer graduating students are due by 12 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Please remind your instructors that you are planning to graduate. All AUM faculty members are notified of the requirements for early grade reporting and the possible necessity for early final examinations.

Transfer Work: If you are graduating and taking coursework at another institution during the Fall term, the AUM Registrar’s Office must receive official verification of the course(s) and grade(s) from the other institution(s) by 12 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

If you cannot get an official transcript mailed to us before the deadline, please have a school official fax the grade to AUM Registrar's Office, Attn: Registrar's Office at 334-244-3993.

  • Your diploma will be placed on hold until we receive the official transcript. 
  • We must receive the official transcript from the school within 10 working days after graduation to award the degree.
  • You may be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and receive a blank diploma cover.

Honors: Undergraduate 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.
  • We will determine honors after all current grades are received. 

AUM Residency Hours: Candidates for graduation must complete at least 30 hours at AUM to meet the graduation requirement.

Graduation Confirmation:  Confirmation of degrees does not begin until all Summer grades are submitted. Candidates should not call the AUM Registrar’s Office to inquiry about graduation qualifications being met. Please contact your advisor if you have concerns.  

Diplomas: 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. Students who participate in the commencement ceremony will receive a diploma case.