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Commencement FAQ

When are the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies?

Georgia Southern University is planning five separate ceremonies, spaced out over four days:

  • Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m. – Paulson Stadium in Statesboro
    Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate candidates in the College of Arts and Humanities, Waters College of Health Professions and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
  • Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. – Paulson Stadium in Statesboro
    Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate candidates in the Parker College of Business, College of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics
  • Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. – Paulson Stadium in Statesboro
    Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate candidates in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
  • Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. – Savannah Convention Center on Hutchinson Island*
    Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate candidates in the College of Arts and Humanities, Parker College of Business, College of Education, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
  • Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. – Savannah Convention Center on Hutchinson Island*
    Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate candidates in the Waters College of Health Professions and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

* Graduates and guests driving to the Savannah Convention Center should be aware that parking is limited at the facility as construction is ongoing for an expansion project.

How do I get my regalia (cap and gown) and from where?

Students may reserve their cap and gown on the Herff Jones website. Details on cap and gown will be posted on the Office of the Registrar website.

How long will each ceremony last?

We anticipate most ceremonies will last no longer than 120 minutes each.

Will there be a commencement speaker?

Yes. There will be a different speaker for each ceremony.

Will there be a practice for any ceremony?

No. Participants need to arrive at least one hour before the ceremony begins for line up and directions.

Do graduates need a ticket to get into the ceremony?

No, your cap and gown is your ticket.

Do guests need tickets to enter the venue and if so, how many will I receive?

Students who choose to graduate in either Savannah ceremony at the Savannah Convention Center will be able to reserve up to eight tickets for their guests. Students will receive more information about tickets through their Georgia Southern email account closer to the ceremony date. Each guest, regardless of age and including currently enrolled students, will need a ticket to enter the Convention Center.

Tickets will not be required for guests of graduates who choose to participate in the ceremony at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

Graduates will not need tickets. Their cap and gown is their ticket.

Will I get my diploma at the ceremony?

You will receive your diploma cover at the ceremony. You will receive your diploma in the mail approximately six to eight weeks after the semester you complete degree requirements.

So, what are my options if I’m graduating with a master’s, specialist or doctorate degree?

Graduate students can choose to graduate in Statesboro May 9-11 or in Savannah on May 13. The choice of which ceremony to attend in Statesboro or in Savannah depends on the college associated with your degree.

What do I need to know about parking for the Savannah ceremony?

Graduates and guests driving to the Savannah Convention Center should be aware that parking is limited at the facility as construction is ongoing for an expansion project.

One major lot next to the convention center is closed. Georgia Southern will have a shuttle running from a remote parking lot on Hutchinson Island, but visitors should plan to carpool, plan for extra time, or consider parking in downtown Savannah and taking a free ferry across the Savannah river to the convention center. Shuttles will begin running from the parking area to the convention center one hour prior to the ceremony start time.

Please note that each bus has a wheelchair/scooter ramp and is capable of transporting anyone with mobility issues. Drop offs will not be allowed in front of the Convention Center.

Does the stadium’s policies apply to the commencement ceremony in Paulson Stadium?

Yes, for commencement, both graduates and guests must comply with the policies that are required by Paulson Stadium fan code of conduct. Those guidelines are available at the Fan Code of Conduct page. Clear bags will not be required.

Will face-coverings be required?

Individuals are encouraged to wear masks based on their preferences and assessment of personal risk. Public health guidelines and protocols ensure Eagle Nation stays safe. Please pay attention to signage at the venue or visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/commencement for more details.

What about inclement weather?

The ceremonies at Paulson Stadium are outside events and will take place rain or shine unless the weather is threatening and compromising safety. There will be no rain plan.

If rain is in the forecast, graduates and guests are strongly encouraged to bring appropriate rain gear. Umbrellas are permitted.

If I have a disability and have concerns about participating in the ceremony, what should I do?

Contact the Student Accessibility Resource Center at 912-478-1566.

Are pets or animals allowed at the ceremonies?

Only service animals will be allowed at any Commencement ceremony.

Can the ceremonies be viewed online?

All ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university’s Facebook page and on the university’s commencement page.

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