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Spring 2020 Commencement Announcements

April 16, 2020

Graduates,

We are very excited about how our virtual ceremonies are coming together to celebrate your graduation. Each graduate will be recognized individually, and we have several special guests who volunteered to help congratulate you!

While we are not yet able to announce the rescheduled date for the in-person ceremonies, we have finalized the dates and times of the virtual ceremonies, which will all be held by college:

  • Friday, May 8 at 9 am: Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
  • Friday, May 8 at 11 am: College of Arts and Humanities
  • Friday, May 8 at 1 pm: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Friday, May 8 at 3 pm: College of Education
  • Saturday, May 9 at 9 am: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Saturday, May 9 at 11 am: Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
  • Saturday, May 9 at 1 pm: Parker College of Business
  • Saturday, May 9 at 3 pm: Waters College of Health Professions

Each ceremony will be livestreamed on the university’s Facebook page and through our commencement website at www.GeorgiaSouthern.edu/Commencement. Each ceremony will also be archived on the commencement site.

Please join your fellow students and invite friends, relatives and others to participate in your virtual ceremony. We look forward to also welcoming everyone to a rescheduled, in-person, ceremony at a date-to-be-determined. Those who do not participate in the rescheduled ceremony are invited to participate in the regular Dec. 11 and 12 commencement exercises.

April 10, 2020

Graduating students:

We have extended the deadline to midnight on Sunday, April 12 to submit your photo and who you want to thank for our virtual commencement ceremony on May 8 & 9. This is an opportunity for you to really personalize this event. Look for a form on the MyGS portal.

Remember we want our graduates to participate in this virtual ceremony, AND also a rescheduled, in-person, ceremony at a date-to-be-determined or the regular Dec. 11 and 12 commencement exercises if they do not participate in the rescheduled ceremony.


Graduating students:

By now you should have seen the email we sent explaining our plans to celebrate your graduation. To reiterate, we want you to participate in:

— A virtual ceremony on May 8 & 9 (more about that below), and

— A rescheduled, in-person, ceremony at a date-to-be-determined, or the regular Dec. 11 and 12 commencement exercises if you do not participate in the rescheduled ceremony.

You will soon see a form in the MyGeorgiaSouthern portal, asking you to submit information for your Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement. Candidates will receive a MyMessage with instructions on how to access the Virtual Commencement Participation Form and will be able to make submissions or edit previous submissions through April 10.

We will be asking for:

  • Phonetic spelling of your name.
  • A message of thanks to someone you want to acknowledge
  • A headshot of yourself (4×6 aspect ratio jpg photo with a file size of up to 5mb)

We will be building a personalized slide for each graduate that will be shown during our ceremony. Each graduate’s name will be read by a faculty member, just as would happen if we were able to meet in person.

Be sure to update your diploma address (DA) in WINGS as soon as possible so we can mail your diploma and a special congratulatory package to you.While all graduates’ names will be read, there will be an opt-out option if you choose not to submit a picture or message of thanks. Hopefully, we can garner everyone’s participation so we can engage all our graduates in a very meaningful way until we can meet together again as a group. As usual, please continue to monitor https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/s20-commencement-announcement/ for updates and let us know if you have any concerns or questions.  

March 25, 2020

Graduating students,

As a follow-up to President Marrero’s email last week about alternative options for commencement, we are excited to let you know about some plans we are developing to celebrate your graduation.

We know the past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster as you try to finish out your last semester while navigating an unprecedented and challenging time. We shared in your profound disappointment about the need to cancel our commencement ceremonies following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to avoid large gatherings.

Nevertheless, we remain committed to properly recognizing your spectacular achievement. Here is what we are planning right now:

  • A virtual ceremony on May 8 & 9, 2020, the dates of our originally scheduled commencement ceremonies. We plan to create a memorable experience that recognizes each graduate in a personal way. We will organize each ceremony by college and make it available live online for graduates, friends and family members anywhere in the world. We might even have a surprise or two. Look for more information very soon.
  • A rescheduled in-person ceremony is being planned for all students who were scheduled to walk across the stage in May. Our plan is to again schedule ceremonies in Savannah and in Statesboro. Unfortunately, we cannot finalize a date until the situation normalizes, but we are committed to setting a date for students to walk.
  • The December 2020 commencement ceremonies will be open to any student from the Spring who would like to participate in a regularly scheduled graduation. The December graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12.

Even though we are providing alternative options for our students to walk across the stage, Georgia Southern is still refunding the graduation fee for each student who made their payment for the Spring semester. A full schedule of refunds was emailed to all students on March 24, 2020.

Many have also asked about the regalia you have ordered. Those are symbols of your academic achievement and should be cherished. We are making plans to mail regalia to each student who has already placed their order with Herff Jones. We would also like to create an online photobook of all our graduates this year. Stay tuned for more details. 

Through all of these challenges, Georgia Southern remains focused on student success. We are here for each one of you and want you to continue to reach out for help if and when you need it. Eagle Nation may not all be gathered together on our campuses at the moment, but we are all still connected in our vision — people, purpose, action: growing ourselves to grow others.

Stay healthy and safe, and we will continue to keep you informed.

Go Eagles!

March 18, 2020

Dear Georgia Southern faculty, staff and students,

In our continuing effort to keep you informed of developments as soon as possible, we wanted to pass along the latest direction from the University System of Georgia.

The University System of Georgia (USG) has directed all 26 USG institutions to cancel Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. Students will still graduate consistent with academic standards, but the actual ceremonies will not be held as originally scheduled.

The USG continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people.

“We don’t make this decision lightly, nor do we want to diminish all our students have achieved,” USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “Our institutions are working on creative, alternative ways to celebrate their students’ accomplishments, and I am grateful for the commitment and dedication our students have shown in the face of extraordinary times. They have worked hard and rightfully expect to celebrate and mark their graduation.”

This announcement follows a statement from President Kyle Marrero earlier today.

“As a follow-up to our initial announcement of spring commencement ceremony cancellation, we know that this decision is profoundly disappointing for many of our graduates and their families,” Marrero said. “This decision was made in adherence to CDC and DPH guidance that all University System of Georgia institutions are following. During these unprecedented and challenging times, the safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority. As an update, our commencement committee met this morning, and we are working on a plan for alternative options to celebrate our students’ achievements. All options are on the table, including rescheduling, and we will communicate the plan out as soon as possible.”

March 18, 2020

Statement from President Marrero on cancellation of scheduled commencement ceremonies on May 8 & 9:

As a follow-up to our initial announcement of spring commencement ceremony cancellation, we know that this decision is profoundly disappointing for many of our graduates and their families. This decision was made in adherence to CDC and DPH guidance that all University System of Georgia institutions are following. During these unprecedented and challenging times, the safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority. As an update, our commencement committee met this morning, and we are working on a plan for alternative options to celebrate our students’ achievements. All options are on the table, including rescheduling, and we will communicate the plan out as soon as possible.  

March 17, 2020

Georgia Southern Faculty, Staff, Students, and Families:

As we manage this ever-changing situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), our primary goal is to protect students, faculty, and staff. One of the most important preventative measures is to avoid having people in large groups as advised by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC. 

Accordingly, we unfortunately need to cancel all public events to include our planned commencement exercises on May 8 & 9. Students will still be able to graduate, consistent with academic standards, but the actual spring ceremony will be cancelled. We are beginning discussions now on what options we might still have to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments. We are exploring all options including rescheduling. Updates will be made available as they are confirmed