Winter Commencement

Congratulations to our December 2022 degree candidates!  We look forward to celebrating with you and your guests.

Commencement stage during the December 2021 ceremony.  Stage is decorated with poinsettias for the holiday season.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Georgia College Centennial Center
251 S. Clark Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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The ceremony processional will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m., with the ceremony beginning immediately after. 

Doors will open for guests with tickets at 11:00 a.m.  Ticketed guests are strongly encouraged to be seated by 12:30 p.m.  Stand-by ticket holders will be able to enter the facility at 12:35 p.m.  More information on tickets is included below.

Bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degree candidates must check in on the first floor of the Centennial Center no later than 12 noon.  Family and guests may not accompany their student in this area. 

The December commencement ceremony is a combined graduate and undergraduate ceremony.  Students who have submitted a December 2022 graduation application and who have been verified by the Registrar’s Office as on track to complete all degree requirements by the end of the Fall 2022 semester are invited to participate. Graduation applications were due Friday, September 16, 2022.  Late applications will be accepted; however, students must submit their application by Wednesday, November 23, 2022, to ensure inclusion in the commencement program.

Graduates from prior terms who were not able to attend their commencement ceremony may also choose to participate in this event.  These students are asked to complete the request to participate in a later commencement ceremony form by Wednesday, November 23, 2022, to ensure inclusion in the commencement program.

Because final grades for the Fall semester are not received until after commencement, participation in the ceremony does not guarantee that all degree requirements have been completed or that the student will graduate.

Tickets are required for the ceremony.  Each degree candidate will be issued 8 electronic tickets.  Children under the age of two who sit on an adult's lap for the ceremony do not need a ticket.

Graduation candidates will receive an email at their bobcats email address on Monday, November 21, 2022, to notify them that their tickets are available. Candidates must claim their tickets by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 6, or their tickets will be converted to standby tickets. Graduation candidates are responsible for retrieving and distributing their tickets to their guests. Detailed instructions for downloading commencement tickets are available on our website.

Additional tickets will not be issued by any campus office.  If a candidate desires additional tickets, they are encouraged to reach out to friends and classmates in the graduating class who do not plan to attend or who are not using all of their tickets.  While candidates may donate tickets to or accept tickets from another graduating student, buying or selling commencement tickets is a violation of the Student Conduct Code and may result in the student's exclusion from the ceremony. 

For individuals without tickets, standby tickets will also be available on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The number of standby tickets available for distribution will be determined by the number of electronic tickets that remain unclaimed by the December 6 deadline.  Standby tickets are not guaranteed. Standby ticket holders will be able to enter the Centennial Center beginning at 12:35 p.m.  Seats in the Centennial Center may not be held for standby ticket holders.

Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on a video feed at our overflow location in the Student Activities Center Magnolia Ballroom, or they may watch the ceremony online. A link is provided below.

Guests may park in the Centennial Center lot.  Centennial Center parking spaces are limited and may fill prior the event start time. 

Overflow parking will be located in the Irwin Street lot (Lot # 28) or the Depot lot (Lot # 2), and a shuttle will provide for transportation to the event.  Shuttles will run every five minutes, beginning two hours prior the event start and ending one hour after the event ends. 

ADA parking will be available in the front of the Centennial Center lot, entering through the N. Clark Street/Washington St. entrance. 

For any parking or shuttle questions, please call the Parking and Transportation office at 478-445-7433.

Ceremony Guest Seating
All guests must enter the Centennial Center through the main entrance on the upper-floor of the building.  

Seating in the Centennial Center is general seating; both stadium and bleacher seats are available.  All seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  All building occupancy restrictions will be enforced.

Individuals requiring handicapped accessible seating are encouraged to arrive early, as space for individuals using wheelchairs and individuals with mobility issues is limited.  Additional information for individuals with disabilities is included below.

Guests are asked to remain at their seats for the entire ceremony. 

Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
Anyone requiring handicap assistance may park in the designated parking area in the front of the Centennial Center parking lot. Families may also drop off guests with disabilities at the front entrance of the Centennial Center.  Georgia College will provide assistance with golf carts and ADA accessible shuttles from each of the parking lots.

The ramp accessible entrance is located on the right side of the front entrance, near the tennis courts.  Once inside, there will be two rows of handicapped seating available on both sides of the seating area.  There are twelve wheelchair accessible spaces along the top row of seating.  We ask that one individual in your party remain with the person requiring accessible seating. In order to accommodate all who require accessible seating, all other members in your party will need to sit in the general seating areas. 

A sign language interpreter will be available and signing from the left side of the stage; reserved seating for individuals who use an interpreter will be available directly in front of this area. 

If you or your guests require special assistance or use a sign language interpreter, please notify Disability Services at 478-445-5931 or by e-mail at so we can be prepared to best assist you. 

Live Internet Viewing
The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet via web cast. You may view the ceremony from the Georgia College graduation web page.

Balfour is Georgia College's authorized vendor for announcements. Students will receive ordering information at their bobcats email address.  Additional information is available from Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.

In order to participate in commencement, master's and specialist students are required to wear a master's gown, graduate hood with the appropriate color piping, cap and black tassel; there is no difference in Georgia College's master's and specialist regalia.  Undergraduate students are required to wear a bachelor's gown, green collar stole (or a blue collar stole if they are receiving Latin honors), cap and black tassel. Students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony if they are not attired appropriately.

Students will order regalia from Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.  Students received ordering information at their bobcats email address on Thursday, October 20.  Regalia can be shipped to the bookstore for pickup free of change or shipped to another location for an additional fee.  The last day to order regalia online is Friday, November 18.  After this date, students must purchase regalia directly from the bookstore. 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.  

Proper attire is required of all students participating in the ceremony.  We strongly encourage low-heel shoes during the ceremony, as degree candidates will be walking up and down ramped walkways, sometimes at a fairly quick pace.  The temperature in the student line-up area can also be warm once all students arrive.  Please plan for this when you select your attire for the day.

Cords, Stoles, and Medallions
Undergraduate students may wear cords, stoles, or medallions that signify their participation in various honor or co-curricular organizations, affiliation with certain identity groups, or academic achievement.  All cords, stoles, and tassels should be worn under the green or blue collar stole that is a part of all baccalaureate students' regalia.  

Graduate students traditionally do not wear cords, stoles, or medallions that were received as an undergraduate, nor do they receive cords or stoles at the graduate level.  The graduate hood represents the significant accomplishment of completing a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree.  Graduate students who are members of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi may wear the medal they received at induction with their graduate regalia.  

Latin Honors Collars
Undergraduates who currently have an institutional, Regents' cumulative, and cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.60 (truncated) will be recognized as potential Latin honors recipients during the ceremony.  These students may trade the green stole they receive with their regalia for a blue honors stole at Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.  

Because final grades for the Fall semester are not received until after commencement, recognition as a potential Latin honors graduate in the ceremony does not guarantee that that a student will be awarded Latin honors. 

Cap Decorating
Bachelor's, master's, and specialist students are encouraged to decorate their cap.  Inspirational messages, celebrations of achievement, university pride, and expressions of gratitude are particularly appropriate.  Decorations should be limited to the top surface of the cap and should lay flat to the mortar board to prevent obstructing the view of others.  For master's and specialist students, the decoration also must not interfere with the hooding portion of the ceremony.  Decorations should be consistent with Georgia College’s Code of Conduct and reflect our commitment to the 3Rs.  The university reserves the right to require graduates to change their cap if it is deemed inappropriate.  If you have questions about whether or not your decoration is appropriate, you may email a picture of your cap to in advance of the ceremony.  

Pre-Ceremony Photos on Campus
We hope you will take advantage of the time between regalia pick-up and commencement to take pictures on our beautiful Milledgeville campus.  As you do, please be respectful and environmentally conscious by not leaving confetti, glitter, or other debris behind after your photo shoot.

Prohibited Items
Although Georgia College does not anticipate any security problems during commencement, we are constantly monitoring the events to protect the safety and security of our guests. All who enter the Centennial Center for commencement are subject to search, as are all carried items. Students and their guests attending the ceremony are asked to leave behind certain items that are prohibited because of security reasons:

  • No large bags, back packs, large purses or items larger than 12 x 12, except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care
  • No firearms, knives, explosives or other weapons
  • No artificial noise makers, air horns or megaphones
  • No large signs or flags that may obstruct views, poles, banners, balloons or laser pointers
  • No food or drinks
  • No drones or any unmanned flying vehicles allowed in the commencement venue or anywhere on the GC campus during commencement weekend without prior approval from GC Public Safety and in coordination with University Communications 
  • No animals, other than service animals as outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Please refer to the ADA for common questions relating to service animals.  Please note that emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA.

In addition, graduates should not bring any personal items, like drinks, purses, bags, or umbrellas, to the ceremony.  Students may bring a small camera or cell phone.  Water will be provided for graduation candidates in the line-up area.

GC Public Safety has the authority to prohibit any other items deemed to be a security risk. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, and any unlawful items are subject to confiscation.

Tobacco-Free Campus
Guests also are reminded that all facilities of Georgia College are tobacco, electronic cigarette and vaping device-free. The use of all tobacco products including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and devices that simulate the use of tobacco are prohibited anywhere on GC grounds.

Student Seating Arrangement
A map of the student seating arrangement will be posted inside the main doors of the Centennial Center.  Guests may sit on either side of the stage.  

Commencement Program
Students whose graduation applications were received in the Registrar's Office by Wednesday, November 23, 2022, will have their name included in the commencement 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 before Wednesday, November 23.

During the ceremony, student names will be read and projected onto the video screens in the order listed in the commencement program.  The names of individuals not in attendance will not be read.

Lineup and Name Cards
Candidates will be lined up alphabetically by college within the degree designation they are receiving.  

Each student will be given a name card at check-in.  Students will line-up in numerical sequence as indicated on the name card.  In order to ensure your proper place in line, please be on time. 

Students will keep the name card with them during the ceremony and bring it with them when they approach the stage.  They will show it to the staff member at the end of the stage ramp so the card can be scanned, and then they will give the card to the reader before they cross the stage.  Students should begin to cross the stage as soon as their name is read. 

Name Pronunciation
If your name is routinely mispronounced, please see your commencement reader when you receive your name card during line-up and provide the correct pronunciation of your name.  

Faculty Participation, Line Up, and Processional
We encourage members of the faculty to join us for this important celebration and for the reception following the ceremony.  To ensure adequate seating and parking, faculty who plan to participate will be asked to confirm their participation using a survey link distributed the week prior to the ceremony.  No name or other information is required on the survey; its purpose is solely to obtain a count of participating faculty so we are better prepared for the event. 

Faculty should arrive no later than 12:15 PM and park in a designated faculty area behind the Centennial Center.  Faculty will line up for the ceremony in the downstairs hallway by the swimming pool.

Faculty with mobility concerns, should either contact the Registrar in advance or alert one of the faculty marshals when they arrive to gain earlier access to the Centennial Center or other accommodations. 

Degree candidates will be photographed by professional photographers 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.

Guests will not be allowed on the Centennial Center floor to take pictures at any point before, during, or after the ceremony. 

Following commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones. The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they will be highly visible and easy to locate.

Media Representatives
Members of the media should contact Cindy O’Donnell in University Communications to obtain a press pass for the event.

The ceremony is not complete until the platform party, faculty, and students recess.  Guests are asked to remain standing at their seats until the recessional has ended.

Degree candidates should plan to meet their guests at the outdoor reception with Georgia College faculty, staff, and administration immediately following the ceremony. 

Share Your Memories
Tag your tweets and Instagram photos with #GCSU22 and 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.  Diplomas will be mailed to the address the student has 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. 

Diploma Frames
Church Hill Classics is Georgia College’s authorized vendor for diploma frames.  Students may order online, or obtain more information from Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.

Additional Questions
Please contact us at 478-445-6286 or