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Summer Ceremonies Information

Saturday, August 1, 2020

9:00 a.m. - College of Arts & Letters, University College
2:00 p.m. - Mike Cottrell College of Business, College of Science & Mathematics, IESA
7:00 p.m. - College of Health Sciences & Professions, College of Education

Ceremony Guidelines
  • All degree candidates from all campuses planning to graduate in summer 2020 should participate in the ceremonies on the Dahlonega Campus.
  • All candidates must report to the Check-In table one hour prior to the scheduled time for their commencement ceremony. They should enter at the second level doors across the street from the Alumni House. There will be directional signage posted on the day of the event. Graduates should NOT use the main entrance of the Convocation Center.
  • When you check-in, you will be given your reader card. YOU MUST fill this card out and keep it with you throughout the ceremony. It will be used to announce your name as you walk across the stage.
  • Ushers will be available to help with seating and guiding graduates to and from the stage. There will be no commencement rehearsal.
  • The mortarboard hat should be worn centered on top of the head with the tassel to the right for undergraduate degree candidates.
  • Appropriate attire for graduates is business attire. Only approved adornments may be attached to the outside of the gown.
  • The photographer will be off the stage to the right of the President. Please pause when receiving the certificate for a photograph.
  • Students are encouraged not to bring any personal items, bags, purses, etc. with them. Bags and personal items will not be allowed on the event floor and there are no locations to store your belongings.
  • Students should check to be sure that cell phones are turned off during the ceremony.
  • All fees, fines and other debts to the university must be paid three working days prior to commencement or the diploma will be withheld and transcripts will not be mailed.
  • Students who arrive late will be placed at the end of the graduation line. Students are encouraged to avoid this possible embarrassment by arriving on time. If you arrive at the Convocation Center after roll is taken for your degree, you MUST notify the faculty marshal for your school. Failure to do so will result in your name not being called during the ceremony.
Commissioning Ceremonies
A group ceremony to commission new Second Lieutenants will be conducted at the commencement ceremony of the degree-granting school. In addition, individual commissioning ceremonies will be held at a specified time for each commencement. The Office of the Professor of Military Science will disseminate the individual commissioning dates and times to each Cadet scheduled to be commissioned. A reception will be held simultaneously with the individual commissioning ceremonies in the Military Leadership Center Conference Room.
Graduate Students
Graduate students should not wear their hoods for the processional but should drape them neatly over the right arm as they enter the Convocation Center arena. Graduate students will be hooded individually on stage immediately prior to receiving their certificates.
  • Tickets are required by guests to attend all ceremonies.
  • Allocation of tickets per graduate will be determined and posted after the June 12 application deadline.
  • Graduates will be able to claim their allotment of tickets starting June 30 at 9:00 a.m. by visiting the online ticketing system. (Please do not try to access link prior to June 30 at 9 a.m. or you will receive an ineligible message.)
  • Tickets must be claimed by graduates through the online system by July 17. If not claimed by this date, the tickets will not be available to the graduate.
  • Graduates who do not need all of their tickets will be allowed to donate back their unneeded tickets through the online ticketing system.
  • Graduates who need additional tickets are able to sign up for the waitlist after claiming their allotted tickets. Waitlist requests are not guaranteed to be filled.
  • On July 21, unclaimed tickets will be allocated to the graduates who have signed up to be on the waitlist until supply is depleted. Graduates receiving the waitlist tickets will be notified by email on July 21.
Commencement Flowers and Graduation T-Shirts

Flowers and graduation t-shirts with all of the graduates’ names on the back will be available for purchase during Commencement Weekend from kiosks conveniently located around campus.

Pre-order your t-shirt or flowers to reserve your graduate’s favorite color.

Where Should I Park?

For everything you need to know about parking for Commencement, please view the Parking Information Page.

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