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Spring 2015 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 8, 2015

Georgia College Centennial Center
251 S. Clark Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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The ceremony processional will begin at 6:45 p.m. Candidates should check in on the first-floor student line up area no later than 6 p.m. Doors will open for guests at 5:00 p.m. We ask all guests to use the building main entrance (next to the tennis courts) and to be seated before processional begins.

Who May Participate
Graduate students who will complete their degree requirements by the end of the Spring or Summer 2015 semesters and whose graduation applications have been accepted and verified by their graduate coordinators and the Registrar may participate in the ceremony.

No tickets are required for graduate commencement. There is no limit on the number of guests students may invite to the ceremony.  Seating is available on a first-come basis.

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 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

In order to avoid traffic, guests are encouraged to park in either the Irwin Street lot (Lot # 28) (pdf) or the Depot lot (Lot # 2) (pdf) and utilize a shuttle for transportation to the event. Shuttles will be running two hours prior to the event start and one hour after the event ends. Anyone requiring handicap assistance may park in the designated parking area in front of the Centennial Center. For any parking or shuttle questions please call the Parking and Transportation office at 478-445-7433.

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 by Friday, April 17.

Herff Jones is Georgia College's authorized vendor. Students will receive ordering information at their bobcats email address in early January.

In order to participate in commencement, graduate students are required to wear a master's gown, graduate hood with the appropriate color piping, cap and black tassel. U.S. military personnel may wear appropriate military dress uniforms in lieu of regalia. Regalia should not be worn over military uniform.  Students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony if they are not attired appropriately. 

Regalia will be available for purchase through Herff Jones beginning in January. The deadline for online ordering is March 16, 2015.  After March 16, regalia must be ordered directly from Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.  Delivery for out-of-town students can be requested for an additional fee.

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. 

The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Affairs also provide assistance for a limited number of students who would otherwise be unable to participate in commencement due to the cost of regalia.  For more information, email SGA at

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, to the ceremony. 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 and give the card to the reader as they step onto the stage to be recognized. 

Pronunciation of Names 
If you have a name that is routinely pronounced incorrectly, contact the reader that will be responsible for announcing your name at the ceremony. Readers for the graduate ceremony are:

College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education:
Dr. Steven Elliott-Gower,, 478-445-4025

College of Business and College of Health Sciences:
Professor Cynthia Orms,, 478-445-2414 or 478-232-4831

Degree candidates will be photographed by professional photographers as they enter the stage area, as they receive their graduate hoods, and as they cross the stage. GradImages, our graduation photographer, will provide proofs to each student at his or her bobcats email address approximately one week after the ceremony. To register your e-mail address prior to graduation for a $5 discount, visit GradImages.

Guests will not be allowed on the Centennial Center floor to take pictures during the ceremony.

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.

Guests are asked to remain at their seats while the platform party, faculty, and students recess from the building.  Guests should plan to meet their students at the reception following the ceremony.

Graduating students and their guests are invited to join the Georgia College faculty, staff, and administration for a reception on the reflecting pool lawn immediately following the ceremony.

Share Your Memories
Tag your tweets and Instagram photos with #GCgrad15 to share your favorite Georgia College experiences and your commencement photos. 

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that all degree requirements have been completed or that the student has graduated. Students will receive a diploma cover at commencement. Diplomas will be mailed to the address the student provided on his or her graduation application after the Registrar has received final grades and verified 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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