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December 2014 Commencement Ceremony


Date Saturday, December 13, 2014

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 attendance. 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

Disability Services Handicapped reserved seating will be available around the rim of the Centennial seating area. In addition, controlled climate, indoor seating will be available in Russell Auditorium. Hearing enhancement assistance can be provided upon request in Russell Auditorium. (See map.) 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

Parking Guests requiring assistance may park in the designated parking area in front of the Centennial Center. Please review the handicapped parking map (pdf). All other guests may park in any GC parking lot. There will be shuttle bus services available from the outlying lots before and after the ceremony.

Commencement Program If you submitted your graduation application prior to the posted deadline, your name will be included in the graduation 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.

Announcements Herff Jones is Georgia College's authorized vendor.  Please contact them directly for information.

Regalia Herff Jones is GC's authorized vendor. The deadline for online ordering has passed. Regalia will be available for pickup or purchase at Box Office Bookstore beginning November 24, 2014.   

In order to participate in commencement: Graduate students are required to wear a cap, gown, hood 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 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 remember to wear dark shoes; low heels are strongly encouraged. Gentlemen please remember to wear dark shoes and trousers. Please avoid wearing bright colors.

Lineup Within each school, candidates will be lined up alphabetically within the degree designation they are receiving (DNP, MA, MPA, MBA, BA, BS, etc.). Each student will be handed a name card by a marshal.  Line-up in numerical sequence (as indicated on card) by school and degree program.

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.

Student Seating Arrangement





Undergraduate students receiving a Bachelor Degree from

College of Health Sciences
 College of Business

Doctoral students receiving a
Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Graduate Students receiving a Specialist or a Master Degree from

College of Education
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Health Sciences
College of Business

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 will be available at the ceremony or you may download the request form and mail 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 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 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. Students will receive a diploma cover at commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the address listed by the student on the graduation application, following 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

Do you have a story to tell? We're looking for story ideas about the Class of 2014. 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 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.

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