2021 SPRING COMMENCEMENT
Sunday, May 30, 2021 — 9:00 A.M. (CST)
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Speaker: Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst, attorney, activist
Update posted April 16, 2021:
The commencement registration link is now open, and you may register to confirm your intent to participate in the Spring 2021 Commencement Exercises. You must also register your four guests at this time. Please note, all tickets for your guests will be emailed to you for distribution.
The deadline to confirm your participation and register your guests is Friday, May 7, 2021. Please visit the following link to confirm intent to participate and register your four guests.
Update posted April 8, 2021:
We are pleased to announce that Tuskegee University will now host an in-person Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 30, at Cramton Bowl Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. The exercises will celebrate the students who earned degrees in the Fall 2019, Spring, Summer and Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.
All other commencement activities including the ROTC Commissioning, the Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony, and the School of Education’s Induction Ceremony will also have in-person ceremonies.
The University’s leadership reconsidered its decision to hold a virtual commencement after our graduating students expressed the strong desire to physically march across a stage to receive their degrees. Holding the ceremony at the Cramton Bowl not only fulfills students’ wishes, but also allows the University to adhere to current guidelines from the CDC as well as state and local public health officials to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
To help ensure that our commencement is safe and enjoyable, we will need everyone's cooperation in strictly following these requirements:
- Each graduate may have a maximum of four guests attend the ceremony
- All participants must submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test or present a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card
- All graduates, participants and guests must wear a mask/face covering during the entire event
- All graduates, participants and guests will be subject to a temperature screening at the gate
The University will release information about graduation logistics, ticket distribution and COVID-19 test result submission at a later date.
Please check back for updates.
Candidates are asked to adhere to the following procedures:
- All candidates are required to wear approved academic regalia --traditional caps and gowns. Persons who are not in compliance with approved academic regalia will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement Exercises. Decorating of caps and stoles will be permitted as long as they are kept within the Tuskegee University’s tradition of character and excellence.
- Candidates must wear the official University commencement face mask, which will be provided.
- Academic regalia is most appropriate when worn without jewelry such as bangles, large necklaces, or large earrings.
- Chewing gum is inappropriate and not permitted.
- Smoking is prohibited at all times.
- Behaviors that disrupt the Commencement (or, Graduation Ceremony) are prohibited. Ex. Gestures, dances, flips, and yelling.
- Black shoes and dark clothing should be worn with the cap and gown by all candidates. "Spiked" heels are not permitted on the Cramton Bowl field. Comfortable attire is recommended.
- Men should remove their hats during the Invocation, Benediction and the singing of the Tuskegee Song.
- All candidates will rise, as a group, when presented to the President by their respective deans.
- After receiving the diploma cover replica, candidates must return to their seats and remain until the conclusion of the Commencement Exercises.
- Only University authorized photographers are permitted on the field to take pictures during the Commencement Exercises.
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 should place orders for graduation regalia with the Tuskegee Campus Bookstore. Order should be placed early to receive regalia in time for the Commencement Ceremony. For more information (regarding regalia and invitations), call 334-727-8844.
- Transcript Request Form (TRF) - copies available from the Office of the Registrar's (OTR) service counter in Kresge Center (1st Floor).
- Electronic Request: electronic link
- You can request PDF copies which is sent with a secure pass code by the National Student Clearinghouse. The Office of the Registrar does not process PDF requests.
- You can request paper/mailed copies via the electronic link which is then processed by Office of the Registrar.
- Cost: $11.75 per copy
- Available: 72 hours (3 days) - |Except for any unexpected technological issues which the OTR does not control|
- Transcripts will not be issued if one or more of the following exists, nor can it be temporarily lifted to accommodate the request: Financial Hold | Judicial Hold |
- Complete the TRF
- Pay $11.75 per copy - (Cash or Credit Card) at the Cashier's window in Kresge Center.
- Submit your TRF with Receipt to the Office of the Registrar.
- Same day service is not available.
- We can Federal Express (with charges assumed by the requestor) or upon receipt of a pre-paid Two-priority or UPS Express package. Please contact our Transcript Processor Mrs. Barnes-Sheppard at email@example.com or 334-727-8505
- You cannot view your unofficial TU Transcript via Tigerweb if you have a Financial Hold.
- Speak (in person or via phone) with the Cashier in the Bursar's Office located in Kresge Center (1st Floor) to resolve Financial Hold issues.
- Speak with the Dean of Students in Tompkins Hall to discuss Judicial Hold issues.
- No one can pick-up a Transcript on someone else’s behalf.
- Graduates can request an Official Transcript with Degrees/Minors conferred 1 week after Commencement, assuming there is no type of Hold.
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)