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Spring 2014 Graduate Commencement Ceremony


Friday, May 9, 2014

Graduate Commencement will be held indoors in the Centennial Center, located at 251 S. Clark Street (Campus Map).

The Graduate Ceremony processional will begin at 6:45 p.m. Candidates are requested to arrive at the Centennial Center no later than 6 p.m.  We ask that all guests be seated before processional begins.

Who May Participate
Graduate students who will complete their degree requirements by the end of the Spring or Summer 2014 semesters, and whose graduation applications have been accepted and verified by their graduate coordinators and the Registrar, may participate in the ceremony.

There is no rehearsal for the graduate commencement ceremony.

No tickets are required for graduate commencement.  There is no limit on the number of guests who may attend.

Additional Seating
Guests are welcome to view the live broadcast of commencement from the satellite location in Russell Auditorium.

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.

Physical or Sensory Assistance
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

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
Students who submitted their graduation applications prior to the posted deadline 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 Registrar's Office receives the student's written permission prior to the print deadline.

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

In order to participate in commencement, graduate students are required to wear a master's gown, hood, cap and black tassel.  Students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony if they are not attired appropriately. 

Regalia is available for purchase from the Box Office Books. Delivery for out-of-town students can be requested for an additional fee. Contact Cindy Purcell at Box Office Books for information.

Students may also borrow all or part of their regalia from recent GC graduates rather than purchasing their own items.  If borrowing attire, students need to ensure that their hood bears the appropriate color for their discipline and that they wear a master’s gown, which has long, rectangular extensions on the sleeves. 

U.S. military personnel may wear appropriate military dress uniforms in lieu of regalia.  Regalia should not be worn over military uniform.

Personal Attire and Articles
Ladies, please wear dark shoes; low heels are strongly encouraged.  Gentlemen, please wear dark shoes and trousers.  Please avoid wearing bright colors. 

Students should not bring any bulky items, like purses or bags. Students may bring a small camera or cell phone. 

Lineup and Name Cards
Candidates will line up alphabetically by college and then by degree (MA, MEd, MBA, etc.).  Each student will be given a name card.  Students should line up in numerical sequence as indicated on card.  In order to insure your proper place in line, please be on time. 

Students should keep their name cards during the ceremony.  Students will give this card to the reader as they 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:

College of Education: Dr. David de Posada, 478-445-4504

Colleges of Health Sciences, Arts &Sciences, Business: Dr. Judy Malachowski, 478-445-1795

If you leave a message, state your college and degree,  and then say your name slowly and clearly.  It is helpful if you repeat your name once or twice. 

You may purchase a copy of commencement ceremony on DVD for $15. Download the request (doc) and mail it to:

University Television
Georgia College
Campus Box 9
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Degree candidates are photographed by professional photographers as they enter the stage area, when they are hooded, and when they receive their diploma cover from their dean. GradImages, our official graduation photographer, will provide proofs 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 to approach 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 will not recess.

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that all degree requirements have been satisfied. Students will receive a diploma cover at commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the student's permanent address, as listed on the graduation application, following verification by the Graduate Coordinators and the Registrar 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 Registrar's Office at 478-445-6286 or

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