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Saturday, May 11 - 10:00 a.m. CST
General Daniel "Chappie" James Center
Loretta Lynch

83rd U.S. Attorney General
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Image of Spring Commencement Program bookletSCHEDULED EVENTS


  • 10 a.m. -- College of Veterinary Medicine Graduation Ceremony, Tuskegee University Chapel
                      Speaker: Dr. Harold Davis '76  [read more]


  • 10 a.m. -- Graduation Rehearsal, "Chappie" James Center
                      Graduates should assemble in Foster Hall no later than 9:40 a.m.
  • 7 p.m. -- School of Education Induction Ceremony, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
  • 1 p.m. -- Senior Toast, Margaret Murray Washington Hall rotunda

  • 10 a.m. – Baccalaureate Service, Tuskegee University Chapel
                      Graduates should assemble outside the Tuskegee University Chapel no later than 9 a.m. 
  • 12:noon -- Graduates & Parents Reception, Grey Columns
  • 1 p.m. -- ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Tuskegee University Chapel [read more]
  • 3 p.m. -- School of Nursing and Allied Health Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony, Tuskegee University Chapel 
  • 3 p.m. – Order of the Engineer induction ceremony, Logan Hall
  • 6 p.m. – Social Work Pinning Ceremony, Tuskegee University Chapel


  • 10 a.m. – Spring Commencement Exercises, Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Center Arena
                      Graduates should assemble in Luther Foster Hall no later than 9 a.m. 



  • Doors to the James Center are scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. the morning of commencement
  • Students and faculty will receive information about their respective meeting/line-up locations by email.
  • Tickets will be required for entry to the spring commencement ceremony. [Extra Ticket Requests will be accepted through 12:noon on Wednesday, May 8th]
  • The processional is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. As a courtesy, please plan to be seated by then or limit your entry until the processional concludes.


Those who don’t have a ticket to enter the James Center may view the 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony at one of these satellite locations on campus:

  • University Chapel
  • Kellogg ballroom


  • Sections for those with disabilities will be indicated in the James Center. Since these spaces will be limited, it may be necessary to restrict seating to the individual requiring this accommodation and only one other family member.
  • Graduates should inform appropriate university personnel in advance of any special needs of family members or guests.


  • Designated guest parking will be located:
    • Behind Foster Hall
    • In front of Harvey Hall
    • Behind the Chapel
    • Beside Kenney Hall
    • Handicapped parking beside Foster Hall
  • Please consult the campus map for regular parking.
  • On-campus shuttle service will begin at 8:30 a.m. from these designated parking lots.


The Spring Commencement Ceremony will be Live-streamed on the University’s website on the day of Commencement beginning with the 9:30 a.m. processional -


THE CAP - The approved cap of the academic costume is the mortar board or Oxford cap- a stiff board nine inches square, usually covered in cotton poplin, Russell cord, or spun rayon, placed on a soft cap made of the same material and jointed in a pointed design in front and back. The front of the cap is shorter than the back, but the color is always that of the gown and is uniformly black for the four-year colleges. The use of velvet material has been reserved for the cap for the doctor’s degree. A silk cord with a tassel made of many strands of threads is attached to a button in the center of the board. The length of the cord and tassel may vary with the degree of the wearer.

THE GOWN - The basic design for gowns is similar for all degrees; the minor variations in fullness and length of sleeves and trimmings are indicative of degree levels. Cotton poplin fabric is used for the bachelor’s and master’s gown, and ribbed rayon or silk material is reserved for the doctor’s gown.

THE HOOD - No longer worn for warmth, the hood has become the colorful standard bearer of academic symbolism. It varies in length from three feet to three and a half feet, representing the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degree, respectively. The colors or colors of the lining of the hood is trimmed or edged in a border of velvet either two inches, three inches, or five inches in width for the bachelor’s, master’s and doctor’s degree. The border color represents the faculty or field of study in which the degree was awarded.
Information taken from The Admissions, Academic Records, and Registrar Handbook of Policies and Procedures, C. James Quann and Associates: 1979.

HONORS REGALIA - In recognition of scholarship of high quality, a student may graduate with distinction according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

  • Summa Cum Laude (3.75) - Gold shoulder stole/crimson letters 
  • Magna Cum Laude (3.50) - Gold shoulder stole/crimson letters 
  • Cum Laude (3.25) Cords - One gold and one crimson

Candidates for honors must qualify one semester prior to commencement. Regalia for honor students will be issued at graduation rehearsal. Students are permitted to keep honors regalia.
All seniors completing graduation requirements may place orders for graduation regalia with the Tuskegee Campus Bookstore. Deadlines to do so will be advertised in March. For more information (regarding regalia and invitations), call 334-727-8844.


Academic Terms: “Alumni” and Others

  • alumna - Use this singular term for a female graduate.
  • alumnus - Use this singular term for a male graduate.
  • alumnae - Use this plural term for a group of female graduates.
  • alumni - Use this plural term for former students or graduates, whether referring to a group of males or a group consisting of males and females.
  • alma mater - A term that may be used when referring to Tuskegee University, the university from which you have graduated.


  • Bachelor of Arts - B.A.
  • Bachelor of Science - B.S.
  • Master of Arts - M.A.
  • Master of Science - M.S.
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - DVM

Tuskegee University Alumni Associations:

  • Tuskegee National Alumni Association, Inc. (TNAA)
  • Tuskegee University National Athletic Association (TUNAA)
  • Tuskegee University Agriculture, Environment & Nutrition Sciences Alumni Association (TUAENSAA)
  • Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association (TACAA)
  • Tuskegee University Nursing Alumni Association (TUNNAA)
  • Tuskegee University Band Alumni Association (TUBAA)
  • Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (TVMAA)
  • Tuskegee University Engineering Alumni Association (TUEAA)


  • Personal photographers and videographers are not permitted on the floor of the James Center. Credentialed media requiring photography/videography passes should contact the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at for guidance and permission.
  • All graduates who took photos (off stage and on stage with degree) at Commencement can go to  to view and purchase images.
    • Enter your name and "Tuskegee University." Choose your photos and package(s). If you provided your email address/postal address to the photographer, you will also receive proofs from Grad Images.
    • You can also call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 ext. 1950 to order photos or to make other inquiries.
  • The ceremony will be Live-streamed on the University’s website on the day of Commencement beginning with the 9:30 a.m. processional ( The ceremony will also be available for viewing and sharing on the university's YouTube Channel, several days following the Commencement ceremony.  


A digital version of the commencement program in PDF format will be available for download on this page on the day of the Commencement ceremony.