UAH Commencement

Spring 2016 Commencement

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Spring 2016 Commencement will take place Sunday, May 1, 2016 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.


The Panoply Art Festival will be held in Big Spring International Park the weekend of Commencement. The Von Braun Center recommends parking in the South Hall Parking Garage (P2 on the map), the North Hall Parking Lot (P1), or the City Parking Garage (P4). You can view the Von Braun Center parking lots at their site:

Due to Panoply, there will be street closures around the Von Braun Center. The street closures include:

Lowe Avenue closed from Church Street to the northern entrance to the former Holiday Inn. Monroe Street closed south of the intersection at Williams Avenue and before the entrance to the old Holiday Inn parking lot, north to the south side of the exit from the VBC ticket office. Williams Avenue closed from Church Street to Monroe Street.

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 2016 Commencement Speaker

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United States Senator Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama on December 24, 1946, and grew up in Hybart (pronounced Hib-ert), the son of a country store owner. Growing up in the country, Sessions was instilled with the core values – honesty, hard work, belief in God and parental respect. Sen. Sessions, elected to his fourth term in 2014, has focused his energies on maintaining a strong military, and is known throughout the country as a strong advocate for the rule-of-law and an unwavering supporter of America's men and women in uniform. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he has been a dedicated and loyal supporter of Alabama's four major defense installations -- Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville; Fort Rucker, near Ozark; Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery; and the Anniston Army Depot. Sen. Sessions earned a bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomer, and he received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama. Session served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1973 to 1986 ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. He still considers that period to be one of the most rewarding chapters of his life. His interest in law led to a distinguished legal career, first as a practicing attorney in Russellville, Alabama and then in Mobile, the place he now calls home. He was the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama for two years and nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama's Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state's chief legal officer until 1997, when he entered the United States Senate. Sessions and his wife, Mary Blackshear Sessions, originally of Gadsden, Alabama, have three children, Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Ruth Sessions Walk, and Sam. They have seven granddaughters, Jane Ritchie, Alexa Gracie, Sophia, Hannah, Joanna, and Phoebe and three grandsons, Jim Beau, Lewis, and Nicholas. 


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

Fall 2016 Commencement: December 11, 2016.