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Spring 2014 Graduate Commencement Ceremony


Friday, May 9, 2014

Front Lawn of Main Campus

7 p.m.
Processional begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. All students should arrive no later than 6 p.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
Graduate students verified by the Office of the Registrar as potentially completing requirements by the end of the Spring or Summer 2014 semesters.

There is no rehearsal for the graduate commencement program.

No tickets are required for the graduate commencement.

Additional Seating
Guests are welcome to view the live broadcast of commencement from the satellite locations in Russell Auditorium and in the Magnolia Ballroom.

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

Physical or Sensory Assistance
The outdoor seating area in front of Terrell Hall and Atkinson Hall will be designated as handicap reserved seating.   Controlled climate, indoor seating will be available in Russell Auditorium and Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Center.   Hearing enhancement assistance can be provided upon request in Russell Auditorium. (See Map)

If you or any of your family or friends attending commencement require special assistance or need a sign language interpreter, please notify Disability Services at 478-445-5931 or by e-mail at

Guests requiring assistance may park at Bell Hall, the Old Courthouse and the Milledgeville Municipal parking lots. 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.

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

Herff Jones, GC's authorized vendor, will be taking regalia orders online, the deadline is March 7, 2014 for all on-line orders. Pricing for the graduate gown, cap, hood, and tassel is listed at $77 if ordered prior to the vendor's deadline.

Box Office Bookstore will be taking pre-packaged regalia orders beginning March 10, 2014.  All orders will be available for pick up at Box Office Bookstore beginning April 14, 2014. 
Delivery of regalia for out-of-town students can be requested for an additional fee.  Contact Cindy Purcell at Box Office Books for information.

You are not required to pre-order your regalia.  If not pre-ordered it will be available for purchase from Box Office Bookstore after April 14, 2014 (regalia is sized by height).      

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.

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. Graduate students are required to wear a cap, gown, hood and tassel.  Students will not be allowed to enter the ceremony line-up if they are not attired appropriately. 

Within each school, candidates will be lined up alphabetically within the degree designation they are receiving (MA, MEd, MBA, 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 6 p.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. 

Pronunciation of Names 
We want to pronounce your name correctly.  If you have a name that is routinely pronounced incorrectly, contact the reader that will be responsible for your name:

Readers will be a determined at a later date.

If leaving a message, indicate your school, degree, major, and then slowly and clearly speak the pronunciation. 

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 (doc) and mail to:

University Television
Georgia College
Campus Box 9
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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.

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.

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 permanent address, as stated on the graduation application, following verification by the Graduate Coordinators that all degree requirements were 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.

Please refer all questions to the Office of the Registrar at 478-445-6288 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?  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 the News & Events page, in other university publications or passed along to the news media.



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