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Spring 2014 Undergraduate Commencement

 

Date
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Location
Front Lawn of Main Campus

Time
9 a.m.
Processional begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. All students should arrive no later than 7:45 a.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 in Commencement
Students verified by the Office of the Registrar as potentially completing requirements by the end of the Spring or Summer 2014 semesters.

Rehearsal
The rehearsal will be held on the GC Front Lawn on Thursday, May 8 at 4 p.m.  In the event of severe inclement weather, rehearsal will be cancelled.  If you have a final during this time period, you may not miss your final to attend rehearsal.  If you are in this situation, 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.

Tickets:
6

Additional Seating
Guests without tickets are welcome to view the live broadcast of the ceremony from the satellite locations in Russell Auditorium and in the Magnolia Ballroom. 

Physical or Sensory Assistance
The outdoor seating area immediately 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 in the 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 disability@gcsu.edu.

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 www.gcsu.edu.

Parking
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 directory restriction will not have their names printed in the program unless the Office of the Registrar receives the student's written permission.

Announcements
Herff Jones is GC's authorized vendor.  Please contact them directly for information. 

Regalia
Herff Jones, GC's authorized vendor, will be taking regalia orders online.  The deadline for online ordering is March 7, 2014.  Current pricing for undergraduate regalia (including gown, cap, stole, and tassel) is $61.

Box Office Bookstore will be taking pre-packaged regalia orders beginning March 10, 2014.  

All regalia orders will be available for pick up at Box Office Books beginning April 14, 2014.

You are not required to pre-order your regalia. 

Attire
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.

In order to participate in commencement:
Undergraduate students are required to wear cap, gown, stole and tassel.

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.

Students may also borrow all or part of their regalia from recent GC graduates rather than purchasing their own items.  Students will not be allowed to enter the ceremony line-up if they are not attired appropriately. 

Lineup
Within each college, students will be lined up alphabetically within the degree designation they are receiving (BA, BS, BBA, etc.).  Each student will be handed a name card by a Marshal. Please 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.

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 announced at a later date.

Video
Georgia College Television will record the ceremony. You may purchase a copy DVD for $15. Order forms will be available at the ceremony or you may download the request (doc) and mail to:

GC TV
Campus Box 9
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Photographs

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 visit GradImages.

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 do not recess.

Diplomas
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 Office of 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.

Questions
Please refer all questions to the Office of the Registrar at 478-445-6288 or registrar@gcsu.edu.

Do you have a story to tell?
We are looking for story ideas about GC's Class of 2013. 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 gc.communications@gcsu.edu 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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