Spring 2017 Commencement The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Spring 2017 Commencement will take place Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Von Braun Center in the Propst Arena. The ceremony will include students who have completed degree requirements in the Spring semester. Doctoral, Masters, and Bachelors degrees will be presented. Graduating students may begin checking in at the East Hall at 1:00PM. The Arena will open at 1:00PM for guests to find seats. The Commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00PM. Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker Eileen Drake has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Aerojet/Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. since June 2015. She served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company from March 2015 to June 2015. Ms. Drake was previously with United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”) where she served as president of Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s auxiliary power unit and small turbojet propulsion business. She also served as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Achieving Competitive Excellence for UTC’s Carrier Corporation, as well as for Pratt & Whitney. Prior to joining UTC, Ms. Drake managed production operations at both the Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation where she was Ford’s product line manager for steering systems and plant manager of Visteon’s fuel system operation. During her military career, Ms. Drake served on active duty for seven years as a U.S. Army aviator and airfield commander of Davison Army Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She is a distinguished military graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Officer School. She received a Master of Business Administration from Butler University and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Rochelle. She also holds commercial and private pilot’s licenses in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Information Apply to GraduateDiploma InformationCountdown to Cap and Gown Graduation ChecklistHonors and Honor SocietiesParticipants List (Fall 2016) Schedule of Events TimeEventLocation 1:00 p.m. Students check-in East Hall 1:00 p.m. Doors open for guests Propst Arena 2:00 p.m. Ceremony begins Propst Arena Note: If there is an event at the same time as Commencement, please arrive 15-20 minutes before doors open. Candidate Instructions Guests No tickets are required for guests. Please notify family and friends that the doors will open exactly one hour prior to the scheduled ceremony time. Guests, family members and spouses are not permitted in the assembly or robing areas and should go directly to the arena. Commencement Guide Download Hyperlinked PDF Candidates Candidates will need to arrive at the Von Braun Center one hour prior to the scheduled ceremony time. See the Von Braun Center Propst Arena Layout Map for student seating locations. Line-Up and Procession Students should report to their college line-up area in the Von Braun Center East Hall no later than one hour prior to the ceremony. You will receive a line-up card indicating your number in line and be instructed by University staff about when and where to line up. Your line-up card is the key to get you across the stage. Commencement in 2 minutes! Student perspective (click here) Participation in Commencement Fall Commencement - Students who have completed degree requirements in the Summer semester, as well as those who have applied for graduation and will complete all degree requirements for the Fall semester.Spring Commencement - Students who have applied for graduation and will complete all degree requirements for the Spring semester. Doctoral candidates must notify Graduates Studies in order to participate in the ceremony. What to Bring to Commencement Degree candidates should purchase their caps and gowns from the UAH Campus Bookstore prior to the ceremony and must bring them, along with their tassels, to Commencement. Students should not bring purses, cell phones, etc., into the Von Braun Center. Personal items may not be left in the assembly or robing areas during the ceremony. Academic Regalia Commencement is an occasion marking a special time in a student's academic career. Appropriate attire for the occasion is a black academic gown and mortarboard with no personal accessories or messages. Undergraduate student members of academic honor societies may wear the insignia or honor cord of that academic honor society. Flowers, personal jewelry, pins or cords from social fraternities and sororities are not to be worn on academic robes. All graduates participating in the ceremony must wear their academic regalia. Caps and Gowns Caps and gowns may be purchased at Countdown to Cap and Gown or in the UAH Campus Bookstore Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Doctoral candidates should pre-order your cap and gown at least one month prior to the ceremony. Tassel Colors Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences - White Business - Drab Education - Light Blue Engineering - Orange Nursing - Apricot Science - Gold Professional Studies - Black Doctoral - Old Gold Future Commencement Dates Fall 2017 Commencement: December 10, 2017.