Commencement: Graduating Students

Graduate shaking hands on stage at graduation ceremony.

Degree Completion/Graduation

Please make sure you receive your final degree audit or check sheet from your College Advisor. You may also view your degree audit by selecting the link below.

Degree Works


Join us during the commencement ceremony as we celebrate and recognize the academic achievements of our graduates!

▼   Ceremony Attendance

USA has commencement ceremonies in Spring and Fall semesters. Summer candidates participate in Spring Commencement with the exception of doctoral candidates. Summer doctoral candidates will have their degrees conferred at Fall Commencement. Students must have an active graduation application on file with the Registrar's Office in order to participate in commencement. Students must attend the ceremony for their college/school. Participation in the exercises does not mean that degree requirements have been completed or that academic honors have been awarded.

▼   Caps, Gowns, Hoods and Announcements

Regalia must be ordered from the university's approved vendor, Graduate Supply House, in order to participate in Commencement.

Summer 2021Online Regalia Orders Open 06/07/2021
Summer 2021 Online Regalia Orders Close 07/05/2021 at midnight CDT
Summer 2021 Regalia Distribution


9 a.m. - 5 p.m., USA Bookstore



Fall 2021 Online Regalia Orders Open October 2021
Fall 2021 Online Regalia Orders Close TBA
Fall 2021 Regalia Distribution Dates/times: TBA
Location: USA Bookstore
Fall 2021 Late Regalia Orders Close TBA
Fall 2021 Late Regalia Distribution TBA

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

Graduation announcements may be ordered through Herff Jones.
1. Enter "University of South Alabama" in the search bar.
2. Confirm the name of the institution. 
3. Select "May Ceremony" from the dropdown menu. 
4. Select the College or School associated with your degree program/major.
5. Select your degree type (i.e., Bachelor, Master, Doctorate).

▼   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 presented when the student receives their reader card at the college ceremony. 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.

▼   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, doctoral and professional level candidates wear their hoods.

Ceremony Etiquette:  Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the HKS Building and the Mitchell Center. Valuables should not be brought into the HKS Building or the Mitchell Center. Please arrange to leave purses, cameras and other personal items with family or friends. All cell phones must be turned off during the ceremony.  The ceremony staff may conduct bag checks/security checkpoints at public entrances to eliminate air horns and secure against firearms.  Please do not bring these items to 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.

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▼   Accommodations
Degree candidates who require accommodations  (i.e., mobility impaired, visually impaired, etc.) for the ceremony must contact the Registrar's Office at (251)460-6251 (option 4) two weeks prior to ceremony.  Handicapped parking will be limited but available at the Mitchell Center lot for students, family, and friends. Entrance to this lot will be from Old Shell Road only (behind the Mitchell Center). Proper tags must be visible for access to this lot.
▼   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. 

Reissued or Replacement Diplomas

To order a reissued diploma, either complete the online Reissued Diploma Order Form and pay the $25.00 fee online or mail the PDF version of the form to the Registrar's Office (University of South Alabama, Registrar's Office, 390 Student Center Circle, Suite 1100, Meisler Hall, Mobile, AL 36688) along with a check or money order in the amount of $25.00.

To replace a damaged diploma complete and return the Reissued Diploma Order Form to the Registrar's Office (University of South Alabama, Registrar's Office, 390 Student Center Circle, Suite 1100, Meisler Hall, Mobile, AL 36688). The original diploma must also be returned. Requests to replace damaged diplomas must be submitted within one calendar year of the date the original diploma was issued. Replacement requests submitted after one calendar year are subject to a $25.00 fee.

Diploma Frames

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


revised 06/08/2021