Recognition Ceremony - Fall 2020

  • Female student walking across stage shaking dean's hand at graduation.
  • Students in cap and gowns.
  • Two male students holding up their pinky rings.
  • A group of male students holding up their pinky rings.
  • Graduation crowd shot
  • Two male students holding up their pinky rings.
  • Engineering students standing in front of department.
  • Engineering students standing on stage in front of flag.

Recognition Ceremony - Fall 2020

The College of Engineering will be holding a (student-only) ceremony to celebrate commencement on Tuesday, November 17 at 4 pm in the Mitchell Center. This ceremony is not the actual commencement where diplomas are conferred, but an opportunity to be recognized by the college in a ceremony where you will wear your cap & gown, be inducted into the Order of the Engineer, and be recognized as a potential university graduate. Each student will walk across the front where they will pick up their diploma cover and Order of the Engineer certificate and ring. A photographer will take a picture of each student holding their diploma cover.

ONLY STUDENTS will be permitted to attend this ceremony, but it will be live streamed so others can take part in the event. The university will hold a virtual commencement to confer degrees to students that successfully complete all the requirements for their degree on Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m. CDT.

All candidates for engineering graduation must complete the form in the link below and order your regalia (if you are not participating, please fill out the form indicating no participation).

If you have any questions, contact Ronda Girardeau (  

Participation Checklist

Order Regalia 

▼   Graduation Regalia

All participants must wear academic regalia ordered online through Graduate Supply House. Undergraduate and Master's regalia is a keep-sake and do not have to be returned. Doctoral students regalia is rental only.

Students who have not purchased regalia, will not be allowed to participate.  

Any regalia purchases should require 6-8 weeks for processing as these orders are custom made.

  • Online regalia ordering deadline – Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020
  • Regalia Distribution: IF YOU CHOOSE IN-STORE PICK UP: Monday, November 16, 2020, through Tuesday morning, November 17, 2020, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM inside the USA Bookstore in the Student Center – Please bring your student ID or driver’s license with you when you come to pick up your regalia. If you have questions related to distribution, please visit our FAQ page.
  • IF YOU CHOOSE SHIP-TO-HOME: Your regalia order will be shipped to you for arrival the week of November 16, 2020. There is no guarantee regalia will arrive by Nov. 17, 2020.
  • IF YOU DID NOT ORDER YOUR REGALIA BY THE NOVEMBER 1 DEADLINE – You will need to visit the USA Bookstore starting November 16, 2020, to purchase your regalia from a limited number of extras. A $25 late fee will be assessed at that time.

USA Grad Supply Website

▼    Proper Attire and Etiquette

Attire:  Business casual attire is recommended. The event will be a combination of standing and sitting, so make sure you're dressed comfortably enough for both. If you're wearing pants, consider dark pants and shoes. Wear shoes that are comfortable. Secure your wallet or purse inside your vehicle or with your guests. 

Tassels are worn on the right side of the mortarboard (cap) before the degree is conferred.  You may need to bring bobby pins and/or safety pins with you to the ceremony.

Graduate or professional level students. The major professor for each Ph.D. candidate carries their candidate's hood in the processional and will hood the student during the ceremony.

Ceremony Etiquette: Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Valuables should not be brought into the building. Please arrange to leave purses, cameras and other personal items with family or friends. All cell phones must be turned off during the ceremony. It is important that each candidate receive recognition so be mindful that excessive and prolonged cheering and applause can drown out the name and the moment for the next candidate. Please be considerate.

▼   Honor Cords and Stoles

Tentative honors, based on the student's academic record through the end of the last term completed, will appear in the printed commencement program. Final official honors will be computed after all grades are processed at the end of the term for the last term of attendance, and will appear on the student's diploma and transcript.

Undergraduate students who have at least 60 GPA hours in residence with a grade point average of 3.50 or better at the University of South Alabama are graduated with distinction. Transfer credit hours are not included in the determination of academic honors. Academic honors are not awarded for graduate degrees or professional degrees.

Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.69
Magna Cum Laude 3.70 - 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00

Academic honor cords will be available for pick up in the Dean's Office the week before graduation.  

Cords and stoles from various student organizations may be worn during the commencement ceremony.  Students must contact their organization for availability and pick up information. Tau Beta Pi stoles can be rented or purchased in the Dean's Office.

▼   Diplomas

The undergraduate and graduate diplomas are 11” (wide) by 8 ½” (high).  Doctoral candidate’s diplomas are 15” (wide) by 12” (high). 


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 (251)460-6251 or 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 will be mailed approximately 2-4 weeks after the commencement ceremony.  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. 

Duplicate or Replacement Diplomas

To order a duplicate diploma complete and return the Reissued Diplomas Form to the Registrar's Office (University of South Alabama, Registrar's Office, 390 Alumni Circle, Suite 1100, Meisler Hall, Mobile, AL 36688). Please include the $25.00 processing fee.

To replace a damaged diploma complete and return the  Reissued Diplomas Form to the Registrar's Office (University of South Alabama, Registrar's Office, 390 Alumni Circle, Suite 1100, Meisler Hall, Mobile, AL 36688). Please include the $25.00 processing fee. The original diploma must also be returned.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames are available for purchase on the USA Bookstore's website.

▼   Photography

Michael Dumas, MDIA, will be at the ceremony taking pictures as students cross in front of the stage.