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Fall 2020 Commencement Announcements

Georgia Southern University’s fall 2020 commencement ceremonies will be in-person* on the following schedule.
Each ceremony also will be live-streamed on this page and on the university’s Facebook pages.

  • Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Savannah Convention Center for any undergraduate who registered to attend.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduates from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduates from the Waters College of Health Professions and the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduates from the Parker College of Business, College of Education and College of Science and Mathematics
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for all graduate students from the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies

*Georgia Southern is following all CDC and GDPH guidelines and all participants are expected to wear a face covering and remain socially distant from anyone not in their immediate household. Each venue has a reduced occupancy and seats for graduates, faculty, guests and stage party are spaced apart. Staff monitors will assure social distancing in entrance lines, restrooms, and other areas prone to gatherings of people. We will have hand sanitizer stations at entrances and throughout the venues.  We have added additional signage to direct people and to remind them of the social distancing and face covering requirements.

December 15, 2020

Guests CAN bring in umbrellas to commencement ceremonies this week

We have been keeping an eye on the weather this week for our commencement ceremonies in Paulson Stadium. Current forecasts for Statesboro say Wednesday should have a high of only 53 degrees with a 60 percent chance of rain. Thursday looks better, with a predicted high of 54 degrees and only a 10 percent chance of rain.

Our ceremonies will go on as scheduled, rain or shine, but since the stadium seating is already set up to allow for social distancing, guests WILL be allowed to bring umbrellas into the stadium this week. This is for guests sitting in the stands only, and not for candidates, faculty or the stage party. If you do bring an umbrella, please be considerate of sight lines to allow those around you to still view the ceremony.

Especially for candidates walking on the mat that covers the field, visitors should remember that rain could make ramps and walkways slippery. Please be cautious when walking and consider what shoes would be appropriate for the conditions.

Also, as cold weather is predicted, please remember that COVID-19 protocols prevent us from selling coffee or hot chocolate in the stadium, and guests will not be able to congregate together to warm up or stay dry.

Dress warm, prepare for the worst, and we’ll hope for the best. See you soon!

Oct. 14, 2020

Georgia Southern is planning in-person graduation ceremonies in December with health and safety modifications due to COVID-19

After consultation with local and state health officials, Georgia Southern University is planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies at the end of the fall 2020 semester.

In order to implement social distancing guidelines for the safety of everyone in attendance, Georgia Southern will host multiple ceremonies. Additionally, since COVID-19 has caused the rescheduling of several football games this year, Paulson Stadium is no longer available on the first three weekends in December, which was when the Fall 2020 commencement ceremonies were originally scheduled.

Georgia Southern is now planning five separate ceremonies, spaced out over three days:

  • Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Savannah Convention Center for any undergraduate who wishes to attend. (maximum expected number of guest tickets per candidate: 4)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduates from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (maximum expected number of guest tickets per candidate: 8)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduates from the Waters College of Health Professions and the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing (maximum expected number of guest tickets per candidate: 8)
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for undergraduates from the Parker College of Business, College of Education and College of Science and Mathematics (maximum expected number of guest tickets per candidate: 8)
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro for all graduate students from the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies (maximum expected number of guest tickets per candidate: 8)

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding that COVID-19 has once again forced us to change our plans, but we believe the importance of honoring our graduates through in-person ceremonies outweighs the challenges brought on by the unexpected date change and other adjustments necessary during this pandemic,” said Scot Lingrell, vice president for enrollment management. “Each ceremony will again be streamed live for anyone who cannot attend the ceremonies in person. We look forward to recognizing the academic accomplishment of each graduate and celebrating with their families.”

Scheduling in-person ceremonies also will allow the university to host graduates from the spring and summer 2020 semester. Spring 2020 ceremonies were moved to a virtual event in May in response to the pandemic.

All graduating students, including those who would have walked in the spring ceremony and would like to participate in December, are asked to RSVP by clicking here. Students need to respond by Nov. 9 with the number of guest tickets they are requesting.

For those who do attend in person, several protocols will be in place to protect the safety of attendees, guests and staff. Requirements include:

  • Appropriate face coverings are to be worn by all in attendance.*
  • Social distancing between groups that are not in the same family.
  • Reduced seating capacity to accommodate social distancing.
  • Modified procedures for logistics such as distribution of diploma covers and photographs.

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

More detailed information is forthcoming and will be posted at https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/commencement/

Oct. 8, 2020

We are aware of the conflict the rescheduled football game could present to our scheduled commencement weekend. Planning has been underway to determine the best way to host fall commencement ceremonies in adherence to health and safety protocols. Alternative date considerations are part of our planning process, and we expect to announce our fall commencement plans soon. 

Sept. 9, 2020

Fall 2020 commencement activities are tentatively scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12. University officials are evaluating all options for this year’s ceremonies; plans should be announced by mid-October.