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Commencement FAQ

When are the Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies?

Georgia Southern University is planning two separate ceremonies:

  • Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. at Enmarket Arena in Savannah for all colleges
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 2 p.m.  at Allen E. Paulson Stadium for all colleges

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?

With approximately 2,100 total graduates, we anticipate each ceremony will be about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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 Enmarket Arena will be able to reserve up to nine 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 Enmarket Arena

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 a 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 Savannah on Dec. 10 or in Statesboro on Dec. 13. Georgia Southern University is planning two separate ceremonies:

  • Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. at Enmarket Arena in Savannah for all colleges
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 2 p.m.  at Allen E. Paulson Stadium for all colleges

Where is the Enmarket Arena and what do I need to know about parking for the Savannah ceremony?

The address for the Enmarket Arena is  620 Stiles Ave, Savannah, GA 31415

View directions and parking information on the Enmarket Arena website.

Do Enmarket Arena’s policies apply to the commencement ceremony in Savannah?

Yes. Please visit Enmarket Arena’s A-Z guide for complete information on the venue’s policies.

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?

No. 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 ceremony at Paulson Stadium is outside 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.

The ceremony in Savannah is indoors.

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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