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Spring 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Date
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Location
Georgia College Centennial Center
251 S. Clark St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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Time
The College of Arts & Sciences ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. with the processional beginning promptly at 8:45 a.m.  Students should arrive in the first-floor student line-up area no later than 7:45 a.m.  Doors will open for guests with tickets at 7 a.m.; guests without tickets may enter on a space-available basis beginning at 8:40 a.m. 

The College of Business, College of Education and College of Health Sciences ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. with the processional beginning promptly at 1:45 p.m.  Students should arrive in the first-floor student line-up area no later than 12:45 p.m. Doors will open for guests with tickets at noon; guests without tickets may enter on a space-available basis beginning at 1:40 p.m. 

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

Students may only participate in the ceremony for their respective college.  Students from the College of Business, College of Education or the College of Health Sciences who are unable to participate in their assigned ceremony as a result of the ceremony time change may petition the registrar to participate in the earlier ceremony.  These petitions must be received in the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Tickets
Each undergraduate degree candidate will be issued 6 tickets for the ceremony.  Degree candidates may pick up their tickets at the Graduation Fair on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.  Degree candidates may also pick up their tickets from the Registrar's Office, 107 Parks Hall, beginning Friday, April 31.  Students must present their photo ID to receive tickets.  Students should store their tickets in a secure location; lost tickets will not be replaced.

Guests without tickets will be allowed to enter the Centennial Center on space-available basis twenty minutes prior the start of the ceremony (8:40 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:40 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony). 

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

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 disability@gcsu.edu.

Parking
In order to avoid traffic, guests are encouraged to park in either the Irwin Street lot (Lot # 28) or the Depot lot (Lot # 2) 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.

Announcements
Herff Jones is GC's authorized vendor for graduation announcements.  Students will receive ordering information at their bobcats email address in early January. 

Regalia
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 will be available for purchase through Barnes & Noble at Georgia College beginning in January.  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.

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, to the ceremony. Students may bring a small camera or cell phone. 

Lineup and Name Cards
Candidates will line up by college and then alphabetically 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 
If you have a name that is routinely pronounced incorrectly, contact the reader that will be responsible for announcing your name at the ceremony.  Reader assignments will be posted on this page and distributed to students by email in late April.

Video
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.

Photographs
Degree candidates are photographed by professional photographers as they enter the stage area 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.

No one will be allowed on the Centennial Center floor to take pictures during the ceremony; however, families are welcome to take additional photographs of their graduates in this area after the ceremony. 

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 will not recess.

Reception
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 each ceremony.

Diplomas
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.

Questions
Please contact the Registrar's Office at 478-445-6286 or registrar@gcsu.edu.

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