December 2015 Commencement Ceremony
Date Saturday, December 12, 2015
Location Centennial Center
251 S Clark St
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Time 1 p.m. Processional begins promptly at 12:45 p.m. All students should arrive no later than 11:45 a.m.; as a courtesy to your fellow students and marshals please be on time. We ask that all guests be seated before the processional begins.
Who may participate Students verified by the Office of the Registrar as potentially completing requirements by the end of the Fall 2014 semester.
Tickets Tickets are not required for Fall commencement. Seating is general seating. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m.
Live Internet Viewing The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet via web cast. You may view the ceremony from the GC main page at www.gcsu.edu.
Disability Services Handicapped reserved seating will be available around the rim of the Centennial seating area. If you or your guests require special assistance or need a sign language interpreter, please notify Disability Services at 478-445-5931 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Parking Guests are encouraged to park in either the Irwin Street lot (Lot # 28) or the Depot lot (Lot # 2) in order to avoid traffic and utilize a shuttle for transportation to the event. Anyone requiring handicap assistance may park in the designated parking area in front of the Centennial Center. Please review a current campus parking map by clicking here (pdf). Shuttles will be running two hours prior to the event start and one hour after the event ends. For any parking or shuttle questions please call the Parking and Transportation office at 478-445-7433.
Commencement Program If you submitted your graduation application prior to the posted deadline, your name will be included in the commencement program. Students who have requested a directory restriction will not have their names printed in the program, unless the Office of the Registrar receives the student's written permission before December 1.
Announcements Herff Jones is Georgia College's authorized vendor. Please contact them directly for information.
Regalia Herff Jones is GC's authorized vendor. Regalia will be available for pickup (if pre-ordered) or for purchase at Box Office Bookstore (date to be announced.)
In order to participate in commencement, students are required to wear approved regalia. Graduate students are required to wear a cap, gown, hood and tassel. Undergraduate students are required to wear a cap, gown, stole and tassel. Students may also borrow all or part of their regalia from recent GC graduates rather than purchasing their own items. If borrowing attire, master’s and specialist students need to ensure that their hood bears the appropriate color scheme for their discipline and that they wear a master’s gown, which has long, rectangular extensions on the sleeves. Students will not be allowed to enter the ceremony line-up if they are not attired appropriately.
U.S. military personnel who are candidates for degrees may wear appropriate military dress uniforms in lieu of regalia; regalia should not be worn over military uniform.
Attire Proper attire is required of all students participating in the ceremony. Ladies please wear dark shoes; low heels are strongly encouraged. Gentlemen please wear dark shoes and trousers. Please avoid wearing bright colors.
Lineup Within each graduate degree designation candidates will be lined up by school and alphabetically within the degree designation they are receiving. Undergraduate students will line up by school and degree designation and alphabetically. Each student will be handed a name card at check-in. Students will line-up in numerical sequence (as indicated on card). Students must keep the name card until it is handed to the reader on stage.
In order to insure your proper place in line PLEASE BE ON TIME! The faculty marshals will assist you in properly lining up for the ceremony beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Name Cards As you assemble, each student will be presented a name card. Give this card to the announcer as you step onto the stage.
Name Pronunciation The correct pronunciation of your name is important. If your name is routinely mispronounced please contact the commencement reader for your degree program. Readers for the December 2015 commencement ceremony are:
Graduate students (all) and Undergraduate College of Business: Professor Cynthia Orms firstname.lastname@example.org 478-445-2414
Undergraduate students (except College of Business): Dr. Jan Clark email@example.com 478-445-5556
Student Seating Arrangement
Undergraduate students receiving a Bachelor Degree fromCollege of Health Sciences
College of Business
Doctoral students receiving a
Graduate Students receiving a Specialist or a Master Degree from
College of Education
Undergraduate students receiving a Bachelor Degree from
College of Arts and Sciences
Video Georgia College Television will record the ceremony. You may purchase a copy of the DVD for $15. Order forms are available to print from university television (pdf) and deliver to:
University Television Georgia College Campus Box 9 Milledgeville, GA 31061
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Photographs GradImages, our graduation photographer, will provide a proof to each student at their bobcats email address approximately one week after the ceremony. Families are welcome to take additional photographs of their graduates after the ceremony; however, no one will be allowed near the stage or on the gymnasium floor to take pictures during the ceremony. To register your e-mail address prior to graduation for a $5 discount, visit GradImages.
Recessional The ceremony is not complete until the platform party and faculty recess. As a show of respect, students and guests are asked to remain standing at their seats until the recessional has ended. Students do not recess.
Diplomas Participating in the ceremony does not guarantee that all degree requirements have been satisfied nor that the student has graduated. Students will receive a diploma cover at commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the address listed by the student on the graduation application following receipt of final grades and verification of the completion of all degree requirements by the Registrar's Office. All requirements must be satisfied by the last day of the semester in which the degree is to be awarded. This process normally takes 1-2 weeks following the end of the term.
Questions Please refer all questions to the Office of the Registrar at 478-445-6286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a story to tell? We're looking for story ideas about the Class of 2015. Are you part of a family affair of graduates, e.g., a mother/daughter combo or assorted siblings? Did you create a one-of-a-kind major? Are you getting your dream job after graduation? Perhaps you overcame difficult odds getting to college and plan to make your life's work helping others who need a hand?
E-mail your story to University Communications at email@example.com and let us know the best times and ways to reach you. We can't guarantee you 15 minutes of fame or that we'll be able to use every suggestion, but we'll do our best to follow up on as many as possible. Stories may be used on GC's Front Page, in other university publications or passed along to the news media.