Spring 2020 School of Computing Ceremonies

May commencement ceremonies are cancelled

We regret to inform you that Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled. The leadership of the University understands that the cancellation of our May commencement ceremonies is very disappointing to our graduating students, and the decision was not made lightly. We are particularly sad for our graduates and their families. This is an important time for them, and we thoroughly enjoy being a part of their big day.

Please know that if you are a graduating student, we will do our best to find a way to recognize your achievements in the future. All options are being considered, and more information will be sent to graduating students as soon as it is available. 

It is also important to note that degrees will be conferred to students who meet graduation eligibility. They will be mailed to students just as they are each fall and spring. Each graduate will also receive a printed copy of the commencement program.

FAQ’s Regarding Commencement Cancellation:

▼      I ordered announcements that have the May commencement date. Can I get a refund? 

 Please contact the Herff Jones customer service center at 1-800-837-4235. 

▼      How will I receive my diploma? 

Degrees will be conferred to students who meet graduation eligibility. Diplomas will be mailed to students just as they are each fall and spring. Each graduate will also receive a printed copy of the commencement program.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you need to update your diploma mailing address, please complete the Diploma Mailing Address Change Form by May 7, 2020. 

▼    When will I get my chance to walk across the stage at commencement? 

Spring 2020 graduates will have an opportunity to participate in a future commencement. More detailed information will be published at a later date. 

▼   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. 

If you will complete your degree requirements in Spring 2020, your graduation application fee will not be refunded. If you will complete your degree requirements in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, the graduation application fee you paid for Spring 2020 will be applied to your future graduation term.  

▼   I earned academic honors. How will I receive my honor cord? 

For students who earn academic honors, an honor cord will be mailed with the diploma. 

▼   When will I receive my copy of the commencement program? 
A program will be mailed to you with your diploma. Additionally, a PDF version of the program will be available online May 7, 2020. 
▼   How can I request a refund for the regalia that I ordered? 
If you ordered commencement regalia and would like to cancel your order, you may request a refund on the Graduate Supply House website
▼   I want to receive the regalia that I ordered. How can I ensure that happens? 
The vendor will ship regalia orders to the USA Bookstore. The bookstore will then ship the regalia to the address you provided on the order form. If you need to update your shipping address, please visit the Graduate Supply House website
▼   Can I come to campus to pick up my regalia? 
Campus access is limited to essential personnel until further notice. All academic and non-academic buildings are closed. Therefore, we are unable to offer regalia pick up at this time. If you have not done so already, please provide your shipping address by visiting the Graduate Supply House website
▼   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. 


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The School of Computing ceremonies are a part of the University of South Alabama’s Commencement Weekend. The school ceremonies are events that are held to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates of the School of Computing.  At the School of Computing Ceremonies, undergraduate and master’s students will receive individual recognition of their degrees and PhD graduates will be hooded.  All degrees will be conferred at the University Ceremony

School of Computing Ceremonies
Friday, May 8th, 2020
Department of Information Systems and Technology (IST) Ceremony:  1:30 PM
PhD in Computing and Department of Computer Science (CS) Ceremony: 3:30 PM
University of South Alabama
Student Center Ballroom

*** IMPORTANT NOTES: All students planning to participate in the School of Computing Ceremony must register using the following link, no later than Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.  If you have any questions concerning the School of Computing Ceremony, please e-mail Debra Chapman (dchapman@southalabama.edu)

LINK TO RSVP ATTENDANCE (Complete by April 1st, 2020)


▼   How Do I Participate in the School of Computing Ceremonies?
There are 3 steps needed to participate in the School of Computing Ceremonies:
  1. The student must have submitted their application for and been accepted for graduation.
  2. Students must RSVP for one of the School of Computing Ceremonies monies no later than April 1st, 2020
  3. Order Regalia (Between March 6th and April 10th, 2020)
▼   What is the School of Computing Ceremony?
The School of Computing Ceremonies are a part of the University of South Alabama Commencement Weekend.  It is hosted by the Dean and the School of Computing Faculty to individually recognize the accomplishments each undergraduate and graduate candidate of the School of Computing, which is not possible at the larger University Ceremony.  It is an opportunity for School of Computing graduates to celebrate their success with friends, family, and the School of Computing faculty and staff. 
▼   How Does the School of Computing Ceremony differ from the University Ceremony?

At the School of Computing Ceremonies, the names of all degree candidates will be individually announced, and each graduating student will walk across the stage. Bachelor and Master’s graduates will receive their diploma cover. PhD students will be hooded at these ceremonies. Students in IST will participate in the 1:30 ceremony. PhD in Computing and students in CS will participate in the 3:30 ceremony.

The University Ceremony will allow a celebration for the entire graduating class and their guests at the Mitchell Center. At the University Ceremony President Tony Waldrop will confer the degrees upon all graduating students, the commencement speaker will deliver an address, and doctoral students will receive their diplomas and diploma covers.

▼   How Long is the School of Computing Ceremony?
The School of Computing ceremonies will last approximately one hour each.  After students are admitted, the student will not be permitted to leave until the conclusion of the ceremony.
▼   Do I Have to Stay for the Entire Ceremony?
Yes, Students will be required to stay for the entirety of their ceremony.
▼   Is there a Dress Code for Commencement Weekend Ceremonies?
Yes, Participants should wear traditional business attire or business casual under the academic regalia (cap and gown). Please leave purses and other personal items with your guests. School of Computing faculty and staff cannot be responsible for students’ personal belongings.
▼   How to Order and Receive my Regalia (Cap and Gown)?

All participants must wear academic regalia ordered online through Graduate Supply House. Undergraduate and Master’s regalia is a keep-sake and will not need to be returned. PhD student regalia is rental only. Regalia must be ordered by Friday, April 10th, 2020.

Online ordering OPENS: Friday, March 6th, 2020 - https://gradsupply.com/usa/

Online ordering DEADLINE: Friday, April 10th, 2020 - https://gradsupply.com/usa/

Regalia will be distributed at the USA Bookstore on Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, April 29th, 2020.

▼   Are Invitations Required?
When they RSVP, Graduating students will be encouraged to invite family/guests to attend the School of Computing ceremony. However, the School of Computing does not issue formal invitations. Students may contact the USA Bookstore if interested in ordering official graduation announcements.
▼   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 final 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

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.

▼   When will PhD graduates receive their Hoods?
PhD graduates will receive their hoods at the School of Computing Ceremony held at 3:30 PM on Friday, May 8th.  They will individually be recognized and receive their diploma covers and their degree officially conferred at the University Ceremony. 
▼   How will I receive my Diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed by the university following Commencement Weekend.
▼   Where is the Student Center located?
 Student Center
University of South Alabama Student Center Ballroom - 350 Campus Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
▼   Where do I Park for the Student Center?

Parking is available in the parking lots adjacent to the Student Center and USA Bookstore.

▼   Special Accommodations.
Graduating students participating in the School of Computing Ceremony who require accommodations (i.e., mobility impaired, visually impaired, etc.) for the ceremony must contact the School of Computing Dean's Office two weeks prior to ceremony. Handicapped parking will be limited but available.
▼   How do I get Photographs Taken at Graduation?

A professions photographer will be taking official commencement photographs for the School of Computing ceremonies. Graduates will be photographed before, during, and after each ceremony. Copies will be available through the School of Computing website after graduation weekend.