Fall 2017 Commencement The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Fall 2017 Commencement will take place Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Von Braun Center in the Propst Arena. The ceremony will include students who have completed degree requirements in the Summer and Fall 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. Fall 2017 Commencement Speaker - Stanton J. Rowe Stanton J. Rowe has been chief scientific officer of Edwards Lifesciences since 2008 and also serves as corporate vice president, advanced technology. He joined Edwards Lifesciences in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies, a company he helped found in 1999 and of which he served as president and chief executive officer. Previously, Rowe was corporate vice president of business development and strategic planning for Datascope and was vice president of business development for Johnson & Johnson’s interventional systems division (JJIS) in Warren, New Jersey, responsible for the company’s coronary stent development efforts. At JJIS and the related Cordis Corporation, Rowe held a variety of positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including heading the company’s business development, advanced technology, worldwide clinical research and marketing groups. Rowe joined Cordis after previously holding several positions in product management for a number of medical device companies. Rowe is on the board of directors of InSeal Medical, Ltd. and Neural Analytics. He is also on the board of directors for the Discovery Science Center in Orange County, California as well as on the advisory boards for the engineering or biomedical engineering schools at UC Irvine, Georgia Tech and Brown University. Rowe received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in Biological Sciences. Information Apply to GraduateDiploma InformationCountdown to Cap and Gown Graduation ChecklistHonors and Honor SocietiesParticipants List (Fall 2017) Schedule of Events Time Event Location 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 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. Spring 2018 Commencement: May 6, 2018.