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Frequently Asked Questions

IS COMMENCEMENT MANDATORY?
Yes, participation in the Commencement Ceremony is mandatory. If you truly cannot be present for it, you must fill out the Request to Be Excused from Commencement form and submit it to the Office of Academic Affairs (Patton Hall, room 108).

DO I NEED TICKETS?

Yes, to ensure seating. For Fall 2016 Commencement, tickets will be given to each candidate for their guests. Tickets will ensure seating for the guests of candidates until 12:45 p.m. After 12:45, general admission will be in effect with no need for a ticket but  seating cannot be guaranteed. Once the Propst Arena has reached capacity, guests will be directed to an overflow room in the East Hall to view the Commencement Ceremony live on a screen. Once the overflow room has reached capacity NO entrance will be allowed into the Von Braun Center.


Tickets will be given out to candidates at Commencement Practice on Thursday, December 8, in the Elmore Gym.

 

IS THERE A PARKING FEE?
Yes, parking rates for downtown Huntsville will apply (usually about $5).

 

WHAT TIME SHOULD GUESTS BE THERE?
Guests with tickets should arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony (which begins at 1:00pm). All others (without tickets) should arrive after 12:45pm.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE CEREMONY USUALLY LAST?
We expect the ceremony to last no longer than two hours.

 

IS THERE HANDICAPPED PARKING?
Yes.  Handicap parking is available but on a first-come/first-serve basis.

 

WHERE DO I GET MY DIPLOMA?
Diplomas will be issued immediately after Commencement in the VBC Arena Lobby Pre-Function Room. Proper identification will be required.

 

HOW CAN I GET AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT THAT SHOWS MY DEGREE?
Requests can be submitted in person, by mail, or online.  A request for an official transcript made in writing must include all applicable names, social security number, date of birth, complete address, student’s signature and purpose of request. The request should include student’s full name, valid ID with social security number, dates of attendance, current addresses and the complete address to which the transcript should be sent.  Transcripts cannot be produced for students that have a financial obligation to the university.  More information is provided here.


WHERE DO I GET MY CAP, ROBE, ETC.?
These can be picked up in the AAMU Bookstore if you have ordered them. See the checklist to make sure you have everything else in order as well.

 

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