More than 2,600 students will graduate from UAB this spring. Approximately 1,600 students will participate in one of the university’s three ceremonies.
The in-person debut from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at Bartow Arena.
More than 2,600 students will graduate from UAB this spring. Approximately 1,600 students will participate in one of three university ceremonies:
There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend. Parking will be free.
There will be no handshakes with the President or Deans, but graduates will have their photo taken. Students are requested to wear flat shoes. Full details are available on the UAB launch website.
For spring 2022, the UAB Graduate School will confer the university’s highest degrees to 107 students from 16 states and nine countries, representing 31 disciplines.
The mace bearer for Friday night’s ceremony will be Professor Robin AJ Lester, Ph.D., of the Department of Neurobiology at the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine. Lester is the recipient of the 2021 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for lifetime achievement in teaching. Lester’s research focuses on uncovering the physiological roles of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain and how exposure to nicotine can promote persistent changes that may contribute to nicotine addiction.
The mace bearer for Saturday’s ceremonies will be Professor Emeritus Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, of the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Bhatia is the 2022 Faculty Distinguished Lecturer. She is the Gay and Bew White Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Director of the UAB Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survival, Vice Chair of Outcomes in the Department of Pediatrics, and Senior Advisor for the cancer outcomes research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. She is an internationally renowned leader in cancer survivorship research and outcomes.
In recognition of his exemplary service to UAB and the community of Birmingham, the State of Alabama and the nation, the 2022 President’s Medal will be awarded to Mr. Miller Gorrie, Chairman of Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC , during the 9:30 a.m. April 30 ceremony. Gorrie is one of Alabama’s most successful and respected businessmen. Under his leadership, Brasfield & Gorrie became one of the nation’s leading general construction contractors, serving clients in 23 states. Brasfield & Gorrie has had a tremendous impact on the UAB campus, having constructed the new Collat School of Business, UAB Hospital North Pavilion, Women and Infant Center, Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Building , UAB Campus Dining’s Commons on the Green, and more. A member of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, Alabama Business Hall of Fame, Birmingham Business Hall of Fame-Downtown Kiwanis Club, Alabama AGC Construction Hall of Fame, and Alabama Academy of Honor, Gorrie has received the Cornerstone Award from the Builders and Contractors Association for lifetime achievement in the construction industry in 1998.