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General Commencement Questions

All guests must follow the CLEAR BAG policy. Bags must be CLEAR plastic and cannot exceed 12” X 6” X 12”. Small clutch purse is allowed (which does not need to be clear) no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”. Logo size on the clear bag cannot be larger than 4.5” X 3.4”.

The following list of prohibited items was established to protect the safety and best interests of Auburn University students, employees, and guests.
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Backpacks
  • Cameras with lenses over 4 inches
  • Food/beverage from outside the Arena (including alcoholic beverages)
  • Hover Boards
  • Pets (service animals are permitted)
  • Weapons (including pocketknives)

Please see the schedule for commencement ceremony times.

Doors open 90 minutes before the ceremonies start. See schedule for times.

Yes, visit our Ticketing Guidelines.

Yes, it varies by semester.

The duration of each ceremony is dependent on the number of graduates who participate.

No, tailgating is not permitted.

Yes, concessions are available for purchase.

Yes, programs and buttons are provided at the main entrances to Neville Arena.

Yes, professional photographers take photos of graduates as they cross the stage. Photos are available for download two weeks following commencement at

No, guests are not permitted to reserve seating prior to or during ceremonies. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yes, a limited number of accessible seating is available in Neville Arena on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are asked to ensure accessible seats are available to those who need them.

Flash photography is permitted. Phones and cameras are allowed.

Yes, students with family members who cannot attend the commencement ceremony can live stream video of the ceremony at The stream begins approximately 15 minutes before each ceremony begins.

Only students currently enrolled may submit a request to participate in the commencement ceremony during the summer or fall semester following the conferral of their degree. No students graduating in the summer or fall semesters are permitted to participate in spring commencement. Graduates from prior years are not permitted to participate in current or future commencement ceremonies.

Commencement Questions for Graduating Students

All graduates will receive an official commencement name card that includes RFID information used to display names during commencement ceremonies.

Please see the commencement schedule for ceremony start times. Graduates MUST arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to their ceremony. Graduates must be seated on the Arena floor 30 minutes before their ceremony starts. See the schedule for times.

Stoles, cords, and medallions. Any inappropriate stoles will be removed. In addition to the black robe, men should wear dress pants (preferably dark) and dark shoes. No jeans, athletic shoes, or sandals. Women should wear a dress, a top with a skirt, or dark pants (no jeans). Please wear flats or wedges.

Diplomas are shipped to graduates 6-8 weeks following commencement. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for questions regarding diplomas at

All graduates receive a copy of the Auburn Creed from their dean.

When posting to social media, please use the hashtag #auburngrad.

No, graduates do not need to attend to have their degrees conferred.

Prohibited Items

Clear Bag Policy

To assist with making graduation safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures in place for all commencement activities in Neville Arena:


  • All guests must pass through metal detectors upon entry to Neville Arena.
  • Doors open 90 minutes before each ceremony.
  • Guests may enter through the Main Arena Entrance or the Scholarship Entrance (for accessibility).
  • A clear bag policy is strictly enforced; guests who do not comply will be asked to return items to their vehicles.
  • Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reserved seating is not permitted.
  • Concession stands will be open inside Neville Arena.
  • For the safety and security of all attendees, Neville Arena must be cleared following each ceremony.
  • Please see the attached map for parking information.
  • Neville Arena parking lot is reserved only for ADA drop-off and ADA parking (hang tags must be visible).
  • After the ceremony, graduates and guests will be directed to the “meet-up tent” in the Arena parking lot.

Prohibited Items

The following list of prohibited items was established to protect the safety and best interests of Auburn University students, employees, and fans.

  • Weapons (including pocket knives)
  • Pets (service animals are permitted)
  • Artificial Noisemakers
  • Non-permitted bags
  • Outside food/beverages
  • Hover Boards, Scooters and Skateboards
  • Balloons


Smoking is prohibited inside Neville Arena and on the campus of Auburn University.

Security officers will search all bags before attendees are permitted to enter. Those with prohibited items will be turned away.

Clear Bag Policy

A clear bag policy is in effect to (1) enhance existing security measures and (2) expedite entry into Neville Arena. Approved bags include:

  • LARGE CLEAR BAGS: One clear bag or tote that does not exceed 12” x 12” per person.
  • SMALL CLUTCH BAGS: One small clutch bag or purse that does not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" per person. Small bags must not be larger than 4" x 6".

Prohibited bags include:

Non-clear bags that exceed 4” x 6” OR clear bags that exceed 12” x 12” are prohibited. Examples include grocery totes, mesh or straw bags, duffle bags, camera/binocular cases, and any other bags that do not meet the clear bag policy. Diaper bags are permitted but will be inspected.