Auburn University graduation on Monday to be final ceremony in coliseum

AUBURN – Auburn University will award 1,207 academic degrees during its summer graduation ceremony Monday, Aug. 9, in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony will be the final official function in the coliseum, which is being replaced with a new facility.

At the 2 p.m. ceremony, the university will award 834 bachelor’s degrees, 291 master’s degrees, 69 doctorates, 13 specialist degrees and one professional degree. The College of Liberal Arts will award the most degrees with 289, followed by the College of Business with 172 and the College of Human Sciences with 97. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will award 81 degrees; College of Architecture, Design and Construction, 60;┬áCollege of Education, 49; College of Sciences and Mathematics, 44; College of Agriculture, 28; School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 12; and the Office of the Provost, one degree in interdisciplinary university studies. The James I. Harrison School of Pharmacy will present one doctor of pharmacy degree.

The ceremony can be viewed live through the university’s website at

Future graduations will be in the new Auburn Arena. The first official event in that building will be the convocation of new students on Aug. 17, and the fall graduation is slated for Dec. 13.

Graduations have been held in the coliseum since the facility was completed in 1969, replacing a converted military aircraft hanger that had served as the basketball arena since the late 1940s.

Originally named in memory of Auburn graduates serving in the armed forces who were killed in the nation’s wars, the building was later renamed to also recognize two men who became legendary in the annals of Auburn athletics during the 1950s and ’60s: Basketball Coach Joel Eaves and Athletics Director Jeff Beard.

(Written by Roy Summerford and Charles Martin.)

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