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Spring 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Georgia College Centennial Center
251 S. Clark St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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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.

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 in the Magnolia Ballroom (Student Activities Center).  Degree candidates may also pick up their tickets from the Registrar's Office, 107 Parks Hall, beginning Friday, May 1.  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

Due to high traffic the day of the event, guests are encouraged to park at the Irwin Street parking lot (Lot # 28) or Depot gravel lot (Lot # 2) and take the shuttle.  Shuttles will run every five minutes. Centennial Center parking lot spaces are limited and usually fill up an hour prior to the event start time. Shuttles will be running two hours prior to the event start and one hour after the event ends.
ADA parking will be available in the front of the Centennial Center lot, entering through the N. Clarke Street/Washington St. entrance. Graduates can be dropped off at the back of Centennial, entering through the N. Clarke Street/Washington St. entrance.  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 GC's authorized vendor for graduation announcements.  Students will receive ordering information at their bobcats email address in early January. 

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

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 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 and give them 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.  Readers for the undergraduate ceremonies are:

College of Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Arts Candidates:
Dr. Jan Clark,, 478-445-5556

College of Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Science Candidates:
Dr. Scott Dillard,, 478-445-3182

College of Business
Professor Cynthia Orms,, 478-445-2414 or 478-232-4831

College of Education and College of Health Sciences
Dr. Judith Malachowski,, 478-445-2633

You may purchase a copy of commencement ceremony on DVD for $15. Download the request (pdf) 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 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.

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

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 contact the Registrar's Office at 478-445-6286 or

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