The University of West Alabama’s commencement ceremony is an unparalleled culmination of academic achievement and personal growth. It stands as a proud testament to the dedication, perseverance and intellectual curiosity that have defined the journey of each graduate. Amidst the sea of caps and gowns, the ceremony serves as a beacon of inspiration and a moment to reflect on the transformative power of education.  

The stage becomes a symbolic threshold where students transition from eager learners to empowered leaders, ready to shape their futures and impact the world. Surrounded by the support of faculty, families and friends, graduates step forward into the next phase of their lives, carrying with them not just a diploma but a profound sense of purpose and the indomitable spirit of their alma mater. 

Graduates or Guests requiring ADA Accommodations or Assistance for the ceremony or other events should email to make arrangements.  

Apply for Degree

You must apply for a degree to get a degree audit or graduation checklist from your college dean. Your coursework will be compared to a departmental checklist or a degree audit generated by the Office of the Registrar to determine if you are on track for graduation.

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Event Details

We are happy for your accomplishments, whether you choose to attend graduation exercises or celebrate on your own. If you indicated participation on your degree completion application, we look forward to welcoming you to campus and celebrating and honoring all of your hard work with people who have supported you along the way. 

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Regalia is the ceremonial attire you will wear during the Commencement ceremony. Find all the details about ordering your Regalia in person or online here, the UWA Grad Fair, Honor Cords and stoles and more.  

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Diploma Information

All information regarding the delivery of the commencement ceremony, delivery of diploma, international shipping, returns and shipping schedule can be found here. 

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Annual Commencement Honors 

UWA’s annual commencement honors recognize outstanding faculty, staff and students.

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How to Watch

Unable to attend your child’s or family member’s commencement ceremony? The University of West Alabama offers Livestream events, so you can celebrate their milestone from just about anywhere!  

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Directions to UWA

Whether traveling from North/East (from the Mississippi Area), South/West (from the Tuscaloosa area), West on US-80, North on AL-17 or AL-43, we provide the road to UWA and the last stop on your child’s road to a promising future.  

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For many people, attending the commencement ceremony represents achieving a lifelong dream. Questions about the policies and processes governing graduation may come up when students get closer to finishing their specific degree programs and we’re here to help answer them. 

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Faculty Information

Faculty play an integral role in the commencement process. They attend both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies and commit to a full day of event activities. As Marshalls, they volunteer to help students march on the day of the ceremony and receive awards, along with students and staff, at the annual Commencement Honors.  

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