Graduation and Beyond

Graduation Ceremony and Reception

Just like the many generations of previous University of Alabama graduates, you will be invited to participate in commencement and other scheduled activities on campus alongside fellow students during graduation weekend. This includes a live reception hosted by UA Online exclusively for our distance learning graduates. Here are some other important facts to note:

  • Degrees are conferred at the end of each semester. To cover the expense of the commencement exercises and diploma, a fee is charged to each person applying for graduation.
  • Each candidate for graduation is expected to file an application for degree one term prior to the term of graduation. Go to UA’s Commencement website for complete details.
  • Once you have applied for graduation, be on the lookout for save-the-date and invitation information via email regarding the UA Online Distance Graduation Reception!

The University of Alabama Online Society

The UA Online Society creates opportunities for alumni to connect with fellow graduates, support current and future students by investing in OTIDE programs, and engage with the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education to promote lifelong learning initiatives. All UA Online alumni and supporters are invited to participate in the Society.

Membership in the UA Online Society is $50 annually and includes the following benefits:

  • Receive a welcome gift.
  • Gain exclusive access to Dean Halbesleben at biannual virtual events.
  • Attend virtual and in-person networking opportunities with fellow Society members.
  • Receive an invitation to the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education Homecoming Tailgate.
  • Stay informed with quarterly newsletters.
  • Earn recognition in our annual report.
  • Get 10% off select online professional development, training, or certification programs.

National Alumni Association

You don’t have to wait until graduation to join the UA National Alumni Association. You can join NAA as a current student! To learn more about the great benefits you receive by being a member of the UA National Alumni Association, visit

Professional Development Opportunities

Another resource available to help you continue to sharpen your skills now or after graduation is the Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning team at the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education. They offer both virtual and in-person trainings to help you with personal or workforce needs. They can also customize trainings to meet unique organizational requirements. Their current portfolio focuses on:

  • Accounting, Finance and Taxation
  • Automotive Industry
  • Community Development Institute
  • Environmental Resources
  • Government
  • Health and Human Services
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership/Team Building/Emotional Intelligence
  • Management and Workplace Training
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Social Work

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