Information For BA Graduates

Ceremony Location

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 Day

10:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m.

Thursday - Saturday

Regalia distribution 

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. BA 2021 graduates robing (finishing touches)

9:00 a.m.

BA 2021 graduates group picture (TBC)

9:30 a.m.

BA 2021 graduates Line up

10:15 a.m.

Academic procession 2021 begins

10:30 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony
12:30 a.m.
Informal reception for all guests
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Regalia return

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. BA 2020 robing (finishing touches)
3:00 p.m. BA 2020 group picture (TBC)
3:30 p.m. BA 2020 Line up
4:00 p.m. Academic procession 2020 begins
4:15 p.m.  Commencement Ceremony
5:30 p.m. Informal reception
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Regalia return

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 in front of America for Bulgaria Student Center (TBC).

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.

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.

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