Georgia College is committed to providing a traditional ceremony for the Class of 2020 when public health conditions allow. The rescheduled date will be announced far enough in advance for families and friends to plan and make necessary arrangements. If you are a December 2020 Georgia College graduate, please complete this short survey to provide your current contact information so we have a way to communicate with you as decisions are made.
In the meantime, Georgia College will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for December 2020 graduates on Saturday, December 12, at 1:00 PM, when we would have gathered for this important tradition.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
The ceremony will premiere as a YouTube Live event at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You may view the ceremony then or at a later time. The ceremony will remain live online for two months.
The December commencement ceremony is a combined graduate and undergraduate ceremony. All students who have submitted a December 2020 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 2020 semester will be included. Because final grades for the Fall semester are not received until after commencement, inclusion in this ceremony does not guarantee that all degree requirements have been completed or that the student will graduate.
Participating in the virtual commencement will not affect a student’s opportunity to participate in a later, traditional ceremony.
How to Participate
On Wednesday, November 11, graduation candidates received an invitation at their bobcats email address inviting them to upload a photo, a comment (such as a quote or a thank you), and a short, 10 second video clip that will be shown as the student's name is read. This email was sent from StageClip and had the subject line “Participate in your virtual celebration ceremony!” If students missed the first email, StageClip will send two reminders; graduation candidates may also request a new link at https://upload.stageclip.com. Students have until Tuesday, December 1 to upload their materials. We cannot accept late submissions.
We encourage students to be creative with their video clips. Students may choose to wear regalia, or they can use our GC SnapChat regalia feature. Some examples of what students did this past May are available here. Student submissions will also be available for personal download and to upload to social media following the commencement ceremony.
For students who do not upload these items, a slide with only their name and major will be displayed when their name is read.
Balfour is Georgia College's authorized vendor for announcements. Students received ordering information at their bobcats email address in mid-September. Additional information is available from Barnes & Noble at Georgia College.
Students may desire to purchase regalia for pictures, professional use, or participation in later in-person ceremonies. Regalia is available for purchase through Oak Hall. The deadline for online ordering is November 24. Regalia will be sent to the student’s address within two weeks of the order.
Cords, Stoles, and Medallions
Undergraduate students may wear cords, stoles, or medallions that were received for their participation in various Georgia College organizations, activities, and programs as part of their regalia. All cords, stoles, and medallions should be arranged under the blue or green collar stole that will be included in the student's regalia order.
Graduate students do not wear cords, stoles, or medallions that were received as an undergraduate, nor do they traditionally receive cords or stoles at the graduate level. The graduate hood alone 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.
Photos on Campus
We hope you will take advantage of the weeks before and after commencement to take pictures on our beautiful Milledgeville campus. As you do, please be respectful, practice appropriate physical distancing, and be environmentally conscious by not leaving confetti, glitter, or other debris behind after your photo shoot.
Student Recognition Order
During the virtual ceremony, students will be recognized alphabetically by degree. Doctoral degrees will be recognized first, followed by master’s and specialist degrees, followed by bachelor’s degrees. After the ceremony has aired in full, you will have the opportunity to look up individual students’ names and clips and watch them as individual segments.
Students who submitted their graduation application by November 6 will have their name included in the commencement program. During the ceremony, student names will be read in the order listed in the commencement program. All names will be read.
Students will receive four programs at their diploma mailing address the week of the ceremony. Students can check their diploma mailing address in PAWS using the view addresses link on the Personal Information tab. If your address is incorrect or has changed, you must contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your correct address no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Be sure to include your GCID number and use your bobcats email account.
Programs will also be posted online in pdf format to assist viewers during the ceremony.
Future Traditional Ceremonies
Students will be invited to return and participate in a traditional, in-person ceremony as soon as circumstances allow. Our graduates always have the option to join us for a later ceremony, and we will ensure that this opportunity is offered to each member of the Georgia College Class of 2020. Since we will need to remain in touch to allow us to share dates and other information as it becomes available, please complete this short survey to ensure we have a way to contact you after this semester ends.
Share Your Memories
Tag your tweets and Instagram photos with #GCSU20 and to share your favorite Georgia College experiences and your commencement photos. If you choose to watch the ceremony as a YouTube Live event, you will also be able to use the chat feature to interact with others during the ceremonies.
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 after the Registrar has received final grades and verified that all degree requirements were satisfied by Friday, December 4. This process normally takes one week following the end of the term. Diplomas will be mailed to the address the student has provided on his or her graduation application. Students can check their diploma mailing address in PAWS using the view addresses link on the Personal Information tab. If your address is incorrect or has changed, you must contact the Registrar’s Office at email@example.com with your correct address no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Be sure to include your GCID number and use your bobcats email account.