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2021 Spring Commencement Information

Congratulations, Spring 2021 graduates! We are looking forward to celebrating your incredible accomplishments with you this upcoming May. With the health and safety of you and your family as our top priority, we have planned the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies in accordance with the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Commencement Details

Your Commencement Ceremony will take place in the UNG Convocation Center on the Dahlonega campus. Each graduate and up to four guests will be checked into the ceremony and remain together throughout the ceremony. This indoor ceremony has been purposefully designed to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines while ensuring a special celebration experience for you and your family.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

College of Health Sciences & Professions, College of Science & Mathematics, IESA

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

College of Arts and Letters, University College

  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

College of Education

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mike Cottrell College of Business

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Commencement Guidelines

All degree candidates should participate in the ceremonies on the Dahlonega campus.

Ticket and Check-In Information

  • You will receive your ticket upon registration confirmation in UNG Connect. You must print and bring this ticket with you.
  • You may bring up to four guests. Your guests do not need their own tickets. (Please note that regardless of age, all guests will be accounted for in your four guest limit.)
  • Graduates and guests should park in the Convocation Center Lot (L52) or the South Parking Deck (L51).
  • Graduates and guests will check in at the Convocation Center. Please plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot. Our Commencement Team will begin checking graduates and guests in at the time listed on your ticket.
  • Commencement staff will assist you to the correct place after you have parked your vehicle.

Commencement Instructions

  • Graduates and guests will remain together during the entire event. Please note that the experience will be semi-mobile. Our staff will be prepared to assist graduates and guests with special accommodations.
  • Masks must be worn by graduates and guests at all times when inside the Convocation Center.
    • Additional photo opportunities will be available on the plaza outside of the Convocation Center; graduates may remove their masks to pursue these photo opportunities outdoors with their family members.
  • The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

Regalia and Apparel

  • Undergraduate Students: Mortarboards should be worn centered on top of the head with the tassel to the right.
  • Graduate Students: Hoods should be draped neatly over the right arm; graduates will be hooded individually on stage.
  • Appropriate and encouraged attire under regalia is dark colored business attire with dark shoes or Class A uniforms (commissioning cadets only).
  • Only approved academic adornments, outlined in UNG's Regalia Policy, should be worn in addition to the gown.

In addition, all graduates and guests will be required to wear appropriate face coverings at all times while inside the Convocation Center. Masks will be provided to each graduate and guest upon their arrival to check in at the event. Social distancing mechanisms will be put in place for the health and safety of graduates, guests and event staff. Our team has worked extremely hard to ensure that all graduates and guests feel safe before, during and after the event. Be prepared to wear your mask and socially distance yourself to help us execute a successful event.

Graduation Regalia

If you did not pre-order your regalia before the March 18 deadline, the UNG Bookstore will be selling these items. Regalia will be available in the store and online for purchase shortly after the published deadline. Please note that if you elect to order regalia items online from the UNG Bookstore that you should submit your order no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled ceremony. Any orders made after this may not ship on time. If you choose to purchase your regalia items in person, check the bookstore hours for your local campus.

Graduate Students

Graduate students should not wear their hoods, but should drape them neatly over the right arm as they enter the commencement area. Graduate students will be hooded individually on stage immediately prior to receiving their certificates.

Marching Faculty

To follow health and safety guidelines, there will no processional or recessional during the commencement ceremonies. Therefore, there will be no marching faculty for these unique ceremonies. 

Special Accommodations
  • Graduates participating in the ceremony who need special accommodations should notify Student Disability Services at 678-717-3855 no later than April 21.
  • Guests of graduates who need special accommodations should notify University Events at 706-864-1950 no later than April 21.

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