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UNG Commencement

UNG’s August 1, 2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies have been postponed.

In keeping with directives from the state and federal government as well as the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health to restrict large events and promote social distancing due to COVID-19, the University of North Georgia will postpone our summer commencement ceremonies to the weekend of September 18 – 20, 2020.

Students will still earn their degrees this semester, consistent with academic standards. Students who have applied for graduation this semester who meet the requirements for graduation will receive their diploma via the U.S. Mail.

These decisions are not made lightly, but with the best interests of our campus community and our students’ families and loved ones in mind. We realize that the postponement of Summer Commencement is disappointing. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests is of the utmost importance to us, and we are fully committed to celebrating you, the Class of 2020, when it is safe and practical to do so.

Please check this website for updates as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm graduating in August. How will I receive my pre-ordered regalia from Herff Jones?

Graduates who pre-ordered their regalia by the June 18 deadline will have their regalia shipped to the home address they provided during the regalia order process on the Herff Jones website. Graduates can expect their regalia to arrive to their home address prior to the postponed September ceremony. 

Graduates who will not be able to walk in the postponed ceremonies during the weekend of September 18 – 20, 2020 may be able to ship their regalia back to Herff Jones. If you would like to return your unused and unopened cap and gown for a refund, please visit the Herff Jones website for instructions. Returns must be made prior to the September ceremony.

I'm graduating, but I didn't pre-order my regalia from Herff Jones. How do I purchase it now?

Graduates have two options to order regalia for the postponed ceremonies tentatively scheduled for the weekend of September 18 – 20, 2020.

The UNG Bookstore will be selling regalia items online only from July 13 – July 24. Items for sale include: stoles, tassels, Honor Cords, caps and gowns. You can order these items from the UNG Bookstore website during the dates of July 13 – July 24. Please note that shipping costs will be charged to you and there will be a no return policy in place for online regalia orders.

If you miss the early-bird opportunity to order your regalia items, the bookstore will also be selling regalia items online and in-store during the dates of August 31 – September 18. This will be your last chance to purchase your needed regalia items before your commencement ceremony, so make sure to purchase what you need before it’s too late! If you choose to purchase your regalia items in person, please check the bookstore hours for your local campus.

If you have questions or experience issues with your online order, please contact the UNG Bookstore.

I'm eligible to purchase and receive an Honor Cord based on my GPA. How do I do that?

Graduates who are eligible to receive an Honor Cord have two options to order their cord for the postponed ceremonies tentatively scheduled for the weekend of September 18 – 20, 2020.

The UNG Bookstore will be selling Honor Cords and other regalia items online only from July 13 – July 24. In addition to Honor Cords, other items for sale include stoles, tassels, caps and gowns. You can order your Honor Cord and other items from the UNG Bookstore website during the dates of July 13 – July 24. Please note that shipping costs will be charged to you and there will be a no return policy in place for online regalia orders.

If you miss the early-bird opportunity to order your Honor Cord, the bookstore will also be selling Honor Cords and other regalia items online and in-store during the dates of August 31 – September 18. This will be your last chance to purchase your needed regalia items before your commencement ceremony, so make sure to purchase what you need before it’s too late! If you choose to purchase your regalia items in person, please check the bookstore hours for your local campus.

If you have questions or experience issues with your online order, please contact the UNG Bookstore.

Can I order other graduation swag, like alumni apparel and my diploma frame, when I order my regalia online?

YES, and you can even get a discount on your diploma frame!

The UNG Bookstore is offering a 30% discount code to all 2020 graduates. The code can be used for diploma frames only. The code is not valid on any imprinted items such as clothing or gift items, Honor Cords, stoles, tassels, caps or gowns. All items purchased will be charged shipping costs. Please note that if you order a diploma frame, you will need to physically pick that up at the campus bookstore closest to you. Due to the weight and fragile nature of the frames, the UNG Bookstore will not be shipping these items.

To use the code and receive a discount on your diploma frame, enter Grad2020 in the appropriate box at checkout. The code is valid July 13 – July 24 only. If you have questions or experience issues with your online order, please contact the UNG Bookstore.

What if I can't walk in the postponed ceremonies? Do I get a refund for what I've paid for already?

The $45 graduation application fee that you have paid will not be refunded. That fee covers the cost of your diploma and shipping.

Please contact Herff Jones customer service regarding your cap and gown pre-order.

If I choose to walk in the postponed ceremonies, how many tickets will I be given?

Allocation of tickets per graduate will be determined and posted after the June 12 application deadline.

How do I know if I'm on the list to walk in the postponed ceremonies in September?

Whether you graduated in May or are graduating in August, the very first step you should have taken was to complete your graduation application and pay your non-refundable graduation fee of $45 by the pre-determined deadline. If you are unsure whether you completed this step, you can log in to your Banner account to find out or contact the Registrar’s Office.

If you graduated in May, completed your application and paid your fee and you still plan to walk in the postponed ceremonies tentatively scheduled for September 18 – 20, 2020, you need to email the Registrar’s Office no later than Friday, July 3 to let them know of your intent to walk in the postponed ceremonies. You will need to email your full name, 900 number, degree and major to be placed on the walking list for the postponed ceremonies.

If you are graduating in August, submitting your application and $45 fee was the only step you needed to complete to secure your intent to walk in the postponed ceremonies.

Please note that in order to accurately capture our graduates’ intent to walk in September, a message to all 2020 spring and summer graduates is being scheduled to be shared with you on or around July 6. This message will be shared via your UNG email address and will ask you to re-confirm your intent to join us in September for the postponed ceremonies. In order to secure your intent to walk in those ceremonies, you will need to respond to that message no later than July 13.

Questions can be directed to the Office of University Events.

The Spring and Summer ceremonies have been canceled. I can't walk in the postponed ceremonies. Do I still get to graduate?

Yes, absolutely! All graduates originally scheduled to walk in the Spring or Summer ceremonies will still receive their diploma as long as they have successfully met all academic criteria set forth for their degree program. Your diploma will be shipped via the U.S. Mail to your home address. For further questions regarding your diploma or your graduation eligibility, please contact your campus’ Registrar’s Office.

I'm a cadet commissioning this summer. What about my commissioning ceremony?

At this time, planning for the summer individual commissioning ceremonies continues. The military science department is in close coordination with US Army Cadet Command and the University of North Georgia about planning and options to conduct the individual ceremonies on July 31, 2020. The location, scale/size and scope/who can attend of these individual ceremonies will be directed and limited. More information will be shared with commissioning cadets soon.

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