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Spring 2014 Undergraduate Commencement

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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

The College of Education, the College of Business and the College of Health Sciences ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with the processional beginning promptly at 9:45 a.m.; students should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.  The College of Arts & Sciences will begin their ceremony at 2 p.m. with the processional beginning promptly at 1:45 p.m.; students should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m.

Who May Participate
Undergraduate 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 department chairs and the Registrar, may participate in the ceremony.

Each undergraduate degree candidate will be issued 6 tickets for the ceremony.  Tickets are available from the Registrar's Office in Parks Hall 107, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Students may also pick up tickets beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 10.  Photo ID is required. 

Guests without tickets will be allowed to enter the Centennial Center on space-available basis fifteen minutes prior the start of the ceremony (9:45 for the morning ceremony and 1:45 for the afternoon ceremony).  Overflow seating with a live video feed will also be available in Russell Auditorium.  Overflow seating will not be available in Magnolia.

Students who are not using their allotted number of tickets may give their tickets to other students.  Students are advised that buying or selling tickets is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. 

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.

The rehearsal will be held in Centennial Center on Thursday, May 8 at 4 p.m.  If you have a final during this time period, you may not miss your final to attend rehearsal.  If you are unable to attend rehearsal, please speak with a fellow graduate about information you missed.    

Senior Sendoff
All students are encouraged to attend the Senior Sendoff picnic sponsored by University Advancement immediately following the rehearsal.

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 GC's authorized vendor.  Please contact them directly for information. 

In order to participate in commencement, undergraduate students are required to wear a bachelor's gown, green stole, 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.

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 (BA, BBA, BMEd, BS, BSN, 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 Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Education degrees:
Dr. Jan Clark, 478-445-5556

College of Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Science degrees:
Dr. Judy Malachowski, 478-445-1795

Colleges of Business and Education:
Professor Cynthia Orms, 478-445-2414

College of Health Sciences:
Dr. Kirk Armstrong, 478-387-2135

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 and when they receive their diploma cover from their dean.  GradImages, our 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 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 provided on the graduation application, following verification by 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 Office of the Registrar at 478-445-6286 or

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