UAH Commencement

UAH Commencement

Fall 2016 Commencement

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Fall 2016 Commencement will take place Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Von Braun Center in the Propst Arena.

The ceremony will include students who have completed degree requirements in the Summer and Fall semesters. 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.


Fall 2016 Commencement Speaker

Dr. Willie E. May

Dr. Willie E. May, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

On May 4, 2015, Congress confirmed Dr. Willie E. May as the 15th Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also serves as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Dr. May had served as Acting NIST Director and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology since June 2014. Prior to that assignment, he was Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, where he was responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's seven laboratory programs and served as the principal deputy to the NIST Director.

As NIST Director, Dr. May provides high-level oversight and direction for NIST. The agency promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST's FY 2016 Appropriation is $964M. In addition, NIST receives an estimated $50 million in service fees and approximately $120 million for services rendered to other federal and state agencies on a cost reimbursable basis. NIST employs about 3,400 federal scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and administrative personnel at two main locations in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO. NIST also hosts approximately 3,500 Associates from academia, U.S. industry, and other government agencies, who collaborate with NIST staff and access user facilities. NIST also partners with more than 1,300 manufacturing specialists and staff at more than 400 Manufacturing Extension Partnership locations around the country.

Dr. May led NIST's research and measurement service programs in chemistry-related areas for more than 20 years. Prior to that, his personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds, where his work was described in more than 85 archival publications.


Schedule of Events

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


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


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

  Science - Gold

  Engineering - Orange

  Nursing - Apricot

  Business - Drab

  Education - Light Blue

  Doctoral - Old Gold

Future Commencement Dates

Spring 2017 Commencement: May 7, 2017.