Graduation Ceremony Information

Graduation Ceremony for Southern Union State Community College
Date:        See academic calendar
Time:       1:00 PM CST
Location: Wadley Campus/Sports Arena

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9:15 a.m.   Student Check-In (Check-in Front Lobby Sports Arena/Wadley Campus)
10:30 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m.   Required Graduation Rehearsal (Sports Arena Floor)
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Lunch  (Lunches will be available in the Dining Hall - Cost is $6.00 per plate)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Graduates must go downstairs in the Arena to dress for graduation.
12:30 p.m.   Graduation Line-up and Final Instructions (Weight Room)
1:00 p.m.   Graduation Ceremony


Graduation Attire:

WOMEN should wear a simple dark dress with a "V" neckline, or dark slacks, navy or black dress shoes and hair style to accommodate a mortarboard (flat).  No earrings except small studs are permitted.  Please do not wear flashy necklaces, however, simple gold chains are acceptable. 

MEN should wear WHITE shirts, solid dark ties, dark trousers, dark shoes, and dark socks.  Men should remove their mortarboards during prayers and Alma Mater.

Graduation Photos:   
For your convenience, a professional photographer will be on duty.  The $25 package includes 1 (8x10), 2 (5x7) and 4 wallets.  The photographer will be located in the weight-room downstairs in the Arena. 

Cap and Gown Information:
If you have questions about your cap and gown, please contact the Barnes and Noble bookstore at 334.745.6437, Ext. 5479.  

Important Phi Theta Kappa Graduation Information:
As a Phi Theta Kappa member, you are entitled to wear an honor stole at the upcoming commencement ceremony. If you wish to purchase a PTK stole for commencement, they are available for $24. You may purchase the stoles online by visiting The stoles are yours to keep and should be worn during graduation ceremonies. 

PTK members should wear honor stoles during graduation

Mu Alpha Theta members may wear their honor cords.

Directions to the Wadley Campus:
Southern Union Wadley Campus
750 Roberts Street
Wadley, AL 36276

From Montgomery to Wadley:
Wadley Campus:  Take I-85 N to exit 62 (Opelika). Turn left onto 280/431. Take an immediate right on Hwy. 431 N.  Continue to follow 431 for approximately 22 miles, into LaFayette.  (You will pass SU’s Opelika campus on the right.)  Turn left onto Highway 77 N/Pete Turnham Parkway.  Follow 77 about 18 miles.  Turn left on to Highway 22. Go 1.3 miles, turn right on AL 77 Turn right at the intersection downtown, continuing to follow Highway 77 N, travel approximately ½ mile.  Turn right on to Roberts Street.  Continue through the four-way stop and SU is just ahead.

From Birmingham to Wadley:
Wadley Campus: Head on Hwy. 280. Travel 280 until you reach Alexander City. In Alex City, turn left onto Hwy. 22 East. Stay on Hwy. 22 until you reach Wadley (Approximately 31 miles).  Turn left on to Roberts Street. Proceed through three stop signs and SU is just ahead.

Areas around Wadley, Alabama:

Roanoke, Alabama . . . . . .  .. 14 miles
Dadeville, Alabama . . . . . .  . 28 miles
Alexander City, Alabama . . . 32 miles
Opelika, Alabama . . . . . . . . . 42 miles