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Spring 2021 Commencement Announcements

May 12, 2021

We mostly dodged the rain today, and continue to closely monitor the weather forecast for graduation tomorrow in Statesboro. Rain is predicted, so candidates and guests are encouraged to be prepared for wet conditions. Please dress appropriately — including shoes that will be safe for slippery surfaces; take extra time for travel and finding your seat; and prepare appropriately for the weather.

For everyone’s convenience, umbrellas and rain ponchos will be allowed for guests and for candidates.

May 11, 2021

We have been closely monitoring the weather forecast for graduation tomorrow in Statesboro. Rain is expected, so candidates and guests are encouraged to be prepared for wet conditions. Please dress appropriately — including footwear that will be safe for slippery surfaces; take extra time for travel and finding your seat; and prepare appropriately for the weather.

For everyone’s convenience, umbrellas and rain ponchos will be allowed for guests and for candidates.

May 3, 2021

Georgia Southern is making several adjustments to its Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies following changes to public health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and an updated executive order from the Office of the Governor. 

  • For both ceremonies on Saturday at the Convention Center in Savannah, each graduate’s ticket allotment will be expanded from 4 to 6 guest tickets. Graduating students should receive guest tickets via email on Tuesday (5/4). Because these ceremonies are indoors, social distancing for guests will still be in place, and face-coverings will be required for all guests and graduates.
  • For the outdoor ceremonies at Paulson Stadium Monday-Thursday in Statesboro, no tickets will be required and there will be no limit on attendance. Face-coverings for guests are still encouraged, but not required. Graduating students must wear face coverings while in the official procession and while crossing the stage.
  • Guests are still encouraged to stay home if they do not feel well.

Georgia Southern looks forward to celebrating this important milestone while continuing to adhere to public health and safety guidelines. For more information and updates, please visit www.GeorgiaSouthern.edu/commencement. A downloadable copy of the commencement program will be available on the site later this week.

March 31, 2021 – COVID-19 Safety at Graduation

Face Coverings

All Georgia Southern faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear an appropriate face covering while attending commencement ceremonies because six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

The university will use messaging, signage and reminders to enforce the wearing of face masks or cloth face coverings. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you have no symptoms. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing and should be considered as just one precaution people should take to ensure our community remains healthy.

Acceptable face coverings must:

  • Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly against the side of the face and
  • Be secured to allow the face covering to remain in place independently.

Based on guidance from health officials, open-chin triangle bandannas and/or face coverings containing valves, mesh material, and/or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. Additionally, costume masks are also not considered appropriate face coverings and are prohibited from being worn inside the facility.

Safety

  • All guests, regardless of age and including currently enrolled students, are required to have a ticket for entry. Graduating students do not need a ticket.
  • Tickets will be delivered electronically to graduating students to share with guests. Guests will have the option to print tickets or present an electronic ticket on their mobile device. 
  • Ticket scanners will be used to cut down on touchpoints.
  • All attendees are required to wear a face covering in the facility. If they do not have a face covering, they will be provided a disposable mask. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility.
  • There will be no concession stands.
  • Social distancing will be maintained throughout the facility to the fullest extent possible.
  • As a best safety practice, water fountains will be unavailable. Attendees will be able to carry in a sealed bottle of water (up to 1L).
  • Social distancing guidelines apply to parking areas around the facility. Signage will be placed throughout parking areas to encourage guests to “Do Right” during the event.
  • In Statesboro, guests will not be allowed on the field.

Capacity

Attendance will be limited up to 25 percent of the facility’s full capacity. This allows for appropriate social distancing within the facility’s main seating areas. Tickets will be distributed in seating clusters of four to five seats with at least six feet of distance between clusters.

Cleanliness

Custodial staff will be present for all ceremonies to keep common areas and restrooms stocked and cleaned throughout the event. All restrooms will be disinfected prior to doors opening.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility.

Programs

To reduce contact during the event and to promote sustainability, commencement programs will be digital for guests. Printed programs will be placed in graduates’ seats, and guests can view the full program via a QR code that will be widely available on the day of the event.

Feb. 15, 2021

Commencement details finalized for May

Taking into consideration the continuing pandemic, all public health considerations, the weather, visitors’ comfort, as well as overwhelming feedback in favor of in-person commencement ceremonies, university officials have developed a plan to host a series of commencement ceremonies this spring.

The schedule for Spring 2021 graduation ceremonies is:

  • Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah for any undergraduate or graduate candidates who choose to graduate in Savannah from the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Science and Mathematics, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Engineering and Computing. (4 guest tickets per candidate)
  • Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m. in the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah for any undergraduate or graduate candidates who choose to graduate in Savannah from the colleges of Health Professions, and Public Health. (4 guest tickets per candidate)
  • Monday, May 10 at 9 a.m. in Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduate candidates who choose to graduate in Statesboro from the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Health Professions, and Public Health. (5 guest tickets per candidate)
  • Tuesday, May 11 at 9 a.m. in Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduate candidates who choose to graduate in Statesboro from the colleges of Business, Education, and Science and Mathematics. (5 guest tickets per candidate)
  • Wednesday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduate candidates who choose to graduate in Statesboro from the colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Engineering and Computing. (5 guest tickets per candidate)
  • Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. in Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for graduate candidates who choose to graduate in Statesboro from the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. (5 guest tickets per candidate)

As usual, all ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university’s Facebook pages and at https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/commencement/, and all ceremonies are rain or shine events. Ticket distribution information will be emailed later this semester to all candidates. There will be a ticket bank and a redistribution of unclaimed tickets as we get closer to each ceremony. Look for more information and updates at https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/commencement/.