College of Education and Professional Studies Commencement Ceremony

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The College of Education and Professional Studies will honor its graduation candidates at the College Commencement Ceremony.  All Spring 2021 candidates and Summer 2021 candidates for bachelor, master, and educational specialist degrees are eligible to attend. Spring 2021 doctoral candidates are also eligible to attend. Summer 2021 doctoral candidates will participate in 2021 Fall Commencement.  At the ceremony, students will be recognized by name, walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover, and have their photo taken. The College Ceremony is held twice a year in fall and spring semester at the USA Mitchell Center.

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
USA Mitchell Center – 5950 Old Shell Road

The event will be streamed live for those that do not attend. More information to come. 

College Commencement Ceremony Registration

All candidates must complete the online Spring 2021 College Commencement Ceremony Registration Form by April 1, 2021 to let us know if you plan to attend the ceremony. If you do not plan to attend the college ceremony, but want to be recognized during the live stream, we ask that you also complete the registration form.  Click the button below to complete this task. The deadline and information to order regalia will be announced soon.

Candidates will receive additional information about the ceremony and guest ticketing in the coming weeks via emails to their University Jag Mail account and should check their emails often and manage them appropriately.

Ceremony Registration Form

Each student will be able to invite up to four guests to attend the ceremony. The ceremony will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend. Students will be recognized by name, walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover, and have their photo taken. Social distancing protocols will be observed, and guests will be seated with sufficient distance between groups. All attendees, students, and guests will be required to wear a mask at all times. While every attempt will be made to hold commencement as planned, this event is subject to change at any time due to COVID-19 requirements and regulations. Students and guests should plan accordingly, as the University cannot be responsible for changed or canceled travel plans.

Spring 2021 College Commencement FAQs

▼   Can I bring guests to the College Ceremony?
Each student will be able to invite up to four guests to attend the ceremony. The ceremony will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend. Students will be recognized by name, walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover, and have their photo taken. Social distancing protocols will be observed, and guests will be seated with sufficient distance between groups. All attendees, students, and guests will be required to wear a mask at all times. While every attempt will be made to hold commencement as planned, this event is subject to change at any time due to COVID-19 requirements and regulations. Students and guests should plan accordingly, as the University cannot be responsible for changed or canceled travel plans.
▼   Where is the Mitchell Center located?

For detailed directions to the Mitchell Center, please visit the Mitchell Center's website or see Google Map for the Mitchell Center.

▼   How long is the College Ceremony?

The ceremony lasts approximately one to one and a half hours.

▼   Is there a dress code for the College Ceremony?

Yes. Participants should wear traditional business casual under the academic regalia (cap and gown).

▼   When will my degree be awarded?

More information to come soon.

▼   How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the diploma mailing address listed on your graduation application. If corrections are needed, you must complete and return the Diploma Mailing Address Change Form to the Registrar's Office by the posted deadline. After the deadline, you must contact the Registrar's Office at (251) 460-6251 or graduation@southalabama.edu to make any changes. Changing your mailing address on PAWS does not update your diploma mailing address. Your diploma will not be sent if you have any outstanding financial obligations to the University. You can check your PAWS account for any holds. Once the holds are cleared, contact the Registrar's Office and your diploma will be sent.

Diplomas are shipped by the United States Postal Service and tracking of the package is not available. The diploma mailer may not fit into your mail box so the USPS may leave a slip in the box and the student will have to go to the local post office location to pick up the diploma. Please be aware that the post office may not deliver a student’s diploma if their name is not listed on the lease in an apartment complex.

▼   When will I receive my diploma?
More information to come soon.
▼   Will my graduation application fee be refunded?
The graduation application fee is not related to commencement. This fee is assessed for the official evaluation of the student’s completion of degree requirements.
▼   I earned academic honors. How will I receive my honor cord?
Honor cords will be provided at the event for you to wear.
▼   When will I receive my copy of the commencement program?
A copy of the commencement program will be available at the event. Additionally, a PDF version of the commencement program will be available online.
▼   How will I receive the stole for my honor society, student organization, etc.?
Stoles are distributed by the honor society, student organization, etc. Please contact the organization that you are a member of for distribution details.