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Undergraduate and graduate students will graduate together.
Students can choose which ceremony to attend based on the location where they would like to graduate.

Log into MyGeorgiaSouthern to make your selection. Please remember that you can make changes to your selections until 11:59 p.m. on November 8.

Award-winning journalist Laura Harris (‘08) will help to commend the academic accomplishments of students as the speaker for Georgia Southern University’s Fall 2019 commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13 and 14.

Harris, an alumna from the university’s School of Health and Kinesiology, has been a rising star in broadcast news since leaving Georgia Southern as an Honors Program Scholar with a degree in sport management. The Atlanta native co-anchors the morning and midday newscasts at NBC5 in Dallas/Fort Worth. She previously worked with the ABC affiliates in Tampa, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina. Before her time in Charleston, she worked for WNEG-TV in Athens, Georgia, CNN Sports and TNT Sports in Atlanta.

As a journalist, Harris garnered an Emmy Award for her breaking news coverage of a massive sinkhole that opened up in the Tampa community. She has been recognized with an award for her work by the Associated Press. 

Harris covered historic news stories including Pope Francis’ and President Barack Obama’s historic visits to Cuba in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She also has extensive political reporting experience covering both the Republican National Convention from Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.

While at Georgia Southern, she played Division I soccer for four years. She graduated summa cum laude in 2008.

Commencement is a special and significant occasion in your life. Many of your family and friends will come from a long distance to witness this memorable ceremony. Our faculty, staff and administrators have planned the program and arrangements with every consideration to make this an impressive and enjoyable event for all candidates and spectators.

Please follow these decorum guidelines for Commencement:

  • Arrive an hour or more before the ceremony.
  • Remain quiet and in your seat except when going to the stage or being recognized by your dean and the President. You are not allowed to leave before the ceremony concludes.
  • No smoking.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • No silver mylar balloons.
  • Wear proper graduation attire. Candidates should wear dark, flat shoes and dress attire with graduation gowns.
  • A stole associated with an honor society, a student organization/group represented on campus, or a department of Georgia Southern University may be worn at the commencement ceremony.
  • Cell phone ringers must be turned off during the Commencement ceremony and only text messaging is allowed during the ceremony.
  • No gathering for group photos during the ceremony.
  • No use of selfie sticks or noisemakers such as cowbells, horns, megaphones, etc. will be allowed.
  • Do not engage in other disruptive behavior during the ceremony.

Diploma frames and other commemorative items are available at the Armstrong Campus Bookstore. You may purchase merchandise online at the Armstrong Campus Bookstore’s website. Commemorative items will be available for sale at the Armstrong Campus Bookstore on Friday, Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Invitations, thank you notes and certificates can be ordered through Printing and Postal Services, corner of Arts and Science Drive, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on the Printing and Postal Services website and follow the links to the online store.

Diploma frames and other commemorative items are available at the University Store. You may purchase merchandise online at the University Store’s website. Commemorative items will be available for sale at the University Store on Friday, Dec. 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Invitations, thank you notes and certificates can be ordered through Printing and Postal Services, in the Main Dining Commons, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on the Printing and Postal Services website and follow the links to the online store.

Caps and gowns are required, and only academic attire approved for the ceremony may be worn.

The University Honors Medallion as well as stoles—which include, but are not limited to, Honors Society scarves/cords and Sorority/Fraternity scarves—are approved graduation attire. We suggest candidates wear dark flat shoes, dark dresses or dark pants with their graduation gowns.

Students may reserve their cap and gown online through Herff Jones. Please give your height, weight, degree and major. Measurements must be received by Herff Jones by Monday, Nov. 4, or a $25 late fee may apply. Cap and gown fees can be paid directly to the Herff Jones Company when you place your order. Any questions about cap, gown and tassel color should be directed to Herff Jones at teamroderick@herffjones.com.

Cap and gown pickup will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Statesboro Campus at the Recreation Activity Center. Cap and gown pick up will also be held on Thursday, Dec. 12 on the Armstrong Campus at the Armstrong Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may pick up your cap and gown at either location.

For undergraduate students, tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap hanging over the right eye. At the ceremony, the President will ask you to move your tassel to the left side of the cap during the ceremony. For graduate students, tassels should be worn on the left side of the cap hanging over the left eye. The mortarboard of the cap should be parallel to the ground.

A professional photographer from GradImages will take a picture of you as you cross the stage. A proof of this picture will be emailed to you at your Georgia Southern email address and mailed to your home address so that you may decide if you wish to purchase these photos.

If you preregister, you can get 20% off of your purchase.

The commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on the university’s Facebook page. All ceremonies can also be viewed on the Georgia Southern website. The Facebook Live event will begin approximately 5-15 minutes before the ceremony. Due to technical constraints, some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) do not permit the use of their systems to transmit such broadcasts. Should you not be able to view the broadcast, please contact your local ISP.

While there is no charge for any tickets, we are requiring tickets to ensure the size of the audience does not exceed the size of the venues. Students can log into their MyGeorgiaSouthern portal to make their decisions about attendance, location and tickets. Please remember that you can make changes to your selections until 11:59 p.m. on November 8. The university will offer livestreaming to accommodate those who do not get tickets.

The deadline for requesting tickets is Nov. 8. After that deadline has passed, officials will be able to assess the availability of waitlist tickets. Students will hear by the end of the day on Tuesday, Nov. 12 if, and how many, waitlist tickets they can claim. That notification will come by email.

Tickets will be required for all guests at both ceremonies. Each candidate participating in the ceremony will receive twelve guest tickets. Candidates do not need a ticket to attend the ceremony.

Relatives and friends may enter the Savannah Convention Center through the entrances near Bryan Square (near the ferry landing). Guests and candidates will not be allowed to hold or reserve seats for other guests. Please note that the ceremony begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Relatives and friends may enter Paulson Stadium through Gates 1, 5, 7, 8, 12 or 13. Guests and candidates will not be allowed to hold or reserve seats for other guests. Please note that the ceremonies begin with a processional promptly at 1 p.m., and that there is no seating allowed during the processional.

Additional/indoor seating will be located at the Russell Union at 85 Georgia Ave, Statesboro, GA 30458.

Concession carts will be available at the Savannah Convention Center for food and drink purchases.

The concession stands in Paulson Stadium will be open for purchasing food and drinks. Please note that candidates will not be allowed to carry food or drinks into the designated seating area for the ceremony.

For the Savannah ceremony, parking is available around the Convention Center at no charge. Please see the map below. Carpooling is encouraged.

For the Statesboro ceremony, parking is available at Paulson Stadium and other locations on campus. The shuttle route will begin at Paulson Stadium at 11:30 a.m. and travel stops 1-3 in sequence prior to the ceremony. Post ceremony, the shuttle route will run in the same direction, for one hour. 

  1. Russell Union/The University Store
  2. Engineering Building/Performing Arts Center
  3. RAC

Police officers are available for directions for additional parking. Carpooling is encouraged.

Handicap seating for people utilizing wheelchairs is available on the right-hand side of the Exhibit Hall near the front. Wheelchair-accessible seating is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of one person will be allowed to accompany the person with a disability in any handicap seating area. A designated handicap parking area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A state handicap parking permit is required. Please limit handicap seating and parking to those who truly require special accommodations.

Visitors with accessibility concerns are strongly encouraged to arrive early to the ceremony. Wheelchairs will not be available at the venue. For those requiring a wheelchair, we suggest you make arrangements with a private rental company. Pickup and drop off of wheelchairs should be arranged directly with the rental company.

Handicap seating for people utilizing wheelchairs is located on the upper level of Paulson Stadium which can be accessed from the front of Paulson. Wheelchair-accessible seating is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional handicap seating for people who do not utilize wheelchairs is available on the upper level of the Paulson Stadium and can be accessed through the front/main entrance. Reservations are not required and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of one person will be allowed to sit with the person with a disability in any accessible seating area. A designated handicap parking area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A state handicap parking permit is required. Please limit handicap seating and parking to those who truly require special accommodations.

Visitors with accessibility concerns are strongly encouraged to arrive early to the ceremony. Wheelchairs will not be available at the venue. For those requiring a wheelchair, we suggest you make arrangements with a private rental company. Pickup and drop off of wheelchairs should be arranged directly with the rental company.

American Sign Language interpreting is available. Guests who need access and desire close proximity to the ASL interpreter may choose to sit near the stage on the left side of the Exhibit Hall which will be reserved until 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of one person will be allowed to sit with the person with a disability in any accessible seating area.

Student Accessibility Resource Center: 912-478-1566

American Sign Language interpreting is available. Guests who need access and desire close proximity to the ASL interpreter may choose to sit in Section J which will be reserved until 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Additional handicap seating for persons who do not utilize wheelchairs is available on the upper level of the Paulson Stadium and can be accessed through the front/main entrance. Reservations are not required, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of one person will be allowed to sit with the person with a disability in any accessible seating area.

Student Accessibility Resource Center: 912-478-1566

A commencement program listing the names of all candidates will be placed in the candidates’ seats at the ceremony. Guests will receive a program as they enter the Commencement venue.

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduates at their diploma mailing address or their permanent home address. Please remember to update your diploma address in WINGS to an address that will be valid eight weeks after completing all degree requirements. If there is no diploma address, the diploma will be mailed to the current mailing address. Diplomas should be mailed six to eight weeks after graduation for students who have applied for graduation and completed all requirements.

When applying for employment, transcripts should be used instead of diplomas. Three weeks after graduation, if requirements are complete, graduates may request a transcript with the degree conferred.

Following the singing of the Alma Mater, the platform party, faculty and candidates will recess. Guests should remain standing at their seats until the recessional is complete.

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