Information For BA Graduates
The AUBG Commencement Ceremony will take place on AUBG Skaptopara campus between the Balkanski Academic Center and the America for Bulgaria Student Center.
In the event of light rain, the ceremony remains outdoors, and guests and participants are advised to be prepared for such weather.
Should there be severe weather, the ceremony will take place in the America for Bulgaria Student Center Sports Hall.
If there is any uncertainty as to the ceremony location because of
unstable weather announcements regarding the place of the Ceremony will be posted around campus and in AUBG Main Building, in the graduating class Facebook group, and shared via email and the AUBG app on Commencement morning.
BA Graduates’ Activities on Commencement Morning
10:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m.
Thursday - Saturday
|7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.||BA graduates robing (finishing touches)|
BA graduates group picture
BA graduates Line up
Academic procession begins
||Informal reception for all guests|
|12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
You can stop by the robing area in the Skaptopara I Residence Hall Lobby for finishing touches (if you need a safety pin, bobby pin, assistance with your cap, etc), then go out to your friends and family, and have pictures taken.
You will then line up for your group class picture at the stairs between Balkanski Academic Center and America for Bulgaria Student Center facing the river. In case of rain the group picture will be taken at the America for Bulgaria Student Center Sports Hall.
Once ready you should go back and be lined up in alphabetical order for the academic procession. Please be patient with this process as it will take some time.
As diplomas are arranged in the same alphabetical order, it is of crucial importance that you stay in line the entire time. This will ensure that you get your own diploma on stage and not somebody else's.
BA Graduates' Academic Regalia: Gowns, Caps & Tassels
All BA graduates can borrow gowns from the university stock for the commencement ceremony and keep their caps and tassels as a memento of the University. To determine your gown size, please submit this form to the Commencement Team.
BA graduates who want to purchase their own gown can do so for 75 BGN. The purchasing procedure is as follows: you pay 75 BGN in the Business Office during the last two weeks of classes and then take the receipt to the Conferences & Events Office (ABF 6303). Thus they will be informed which gowns will not be returned.
Please be sure that you bring your borrowed gown back to the Welcome Center (ABF Aspire) no later than one hour after the ceremony is over. Keep in mind that we rely on your responsibility, and hope that all borrowed gowns will be returned.
Information for Parents
Invitations to Parents
Invitations to the parents of all graduating seniors who plan to attend Commencement were sent in mid-March to the addresses provided in the Application for Graduation Form. Please note that the commencement invitational mailing to the parents will consist of an invitation and an explanation insert, which is not a pass for the ceremony.
Important: International guests who need a visa to enter Bulgaria might need a personal letter of invitation to apply for one. Here AUBG international graduates can find more information regarding their guests' visit to Bulgaria.
Accommodation for BA Graduates' Parents
All graduating seniors have the opportunity to reserve a room for their guests in of AUBG Residence Halls. Priority is given to seniors whose permanent addresses are further than 150 km from Blagoevgrad. The room fees and reservation details are available here. All reservations are done through the Office of Residence Life and Housing. The room fee should be paid in cash to the Business Office prior to guest arrival. Receipts must be given to the Residence Hall Directors at check-in.
Note that if you are not with your family members at the time of their check in, your guests should show their commencement guest tickets to the security at the halls' entrance to be admitted to the building. If you have any questions regarding Commencement Weekend Housing procedure, or if your parents will arrive on campus after 8:00 p.m., please contact Ms. Kristina Stamatova in advance.
Tickets for BA Graduates' Parents
A special reserved seating area has been designated for graduates’ family members, VIP guests, and AUBG University Council members. Reserved seating is provided by guest tickets, coded with different colored dots.
Commencement guest tickets are free of charge and are limited. Students should pick them up from the Commencement Welcome Center (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Aspire Hub) on Friday and Saturday before the ceremony. On Commencement Day all guests without tickets will be directed to take a seat in the area designated for the general public.
In case of rain the guest tickets grant access to the America for Bulgaria Student Center Sports Hall and Dr. Carl Djerassi Theater Hall, where the ceremony will be broadcasted live.
The same guest tickets will provide entrance to the President's Reception on Saturday.
Please NOTE that students bear the full responsibility for not having their guests accommodated if they misplace their tickets. Additional tickets will NOT be issued.