Commencement: Letter to Degree Candidates

Graduates at Commencement


Degree Candidate,

The following list contains important information concerning your upcoming graduation:


DEGREE AUDIT: Please make sure you receive your final degree audit or check sheet from your College Advisor.


COMMENCEMENT: Instructions for each Commencement will be posted on the Registrar website at the beginning of the current term.


DIPLOMA NAME: The presentation of your name as chosen on the graduation application will be the name used on all official listings for graduation. This name will be read at commencement and printed in the commencement program. If you signed a confidentiality request, your name will not appear in the commencement program.


INVITATIONS: May be ordered through USA Bookstore. To assure early delivery you should order invitations two months before your graduation term.


ACADEMIC REGALIA: Available at USA Bookstore approximately three to four weeks prior to graduation. For the graduation ceremony, candidates for the Bachelor’s degrees will be attired in bachelor’s gowns and caps; candidates for the Master’s degrees will be attired in master’s gowns, caps and hoods.


DIPLOMAS: Diplomas for Fall terms will be mailed 4 business weeks after Commencement, due to the university being closed 2 weeks for Christmas break. Diplomas for Spring terms will be mailed 2-4 business weeks after Commencement. If your diploma address changes after submitting your graduation application, please email In order to receive your diploma, all financial obligations must be cleared. Financial holds can be from various departments, not just Student Accounting. The degree (i.e, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts) is the only academic information on the diploma. Majors and minors are listed on the transcript.


TRANSCRIPTS: Compliance with federal regulations requires your signature on all requests for transcripts from the University of South Alabama. This information is submitted to you so the issuance of any transcripts you request will not be delayed. For transcript information contact or go to our webpage