Why is Commencement being held
at Georgia Tech?
With the closing of the Georgia Dome in March 2017, the fall 2016 university-wide ceremony was the last one held in the Dome. The Commencement Committee did an exhaustive search to determine options available in the Atlanta area for future ceremonies. Most facilities were either unavailable on the dates requested, not large enough to accommodate our ceremony or unwilling to arrange for our ceremony because of possible scheduling conflicts. The only space available that met our needs is McCamish Pavilion at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Are tickets required?
Because of limited space, tickets will be required for guest entry into the bachelor’s degree ceremonies at McCamish Pavilion. Degree candidates will be allotted six (6) tickets but they must register for attendance. There will also be an overflow area for viewing the livestream of the ceremonies. The bachelor’s ceremonies will also be streamed live at gsu.edu. The Commencement staff will continue to monitor the number of tickets available to each degree candidate based on attendance numbers in the hope we will be able to increase the ticket allotment for students.
Do I have to RSVP to attend commencement?
Yes. It is important that all students planning to attend RSVP for the ceremony. The number of tickets allotted to each student is based on the number of students planning to attend the ceremony.
Why are tickets required?
The Georgia Dome is the only venue in Atlanta that would allow open access to guests without tickets and is large enough to host our entire graduating class in one large university ceremony. Other venues such as Philips Arena, the Georgia World Congress Center and AmericasMart were researched. They were either too small, not convenient to downtown Atlanta, not available on our ceremony days or had limited capacity that would require us to further restrict the number of tickets per student.
How can I get additional tickets?
To request additional tickets, degree candidates must fill out the request form on the Commencement website. The form will be posted March 30 and an email will go out directing students there. Requests for additional tickets are on a first come, first served basis. We will try to equitably accommodate as many requests as possible. The deadline to request additional tickets is April 17, and any additional tickets will be distributed May 2 by way of your student email address.
Are there any additional options for bringing more than 6 (six) guests?
Overflow seating will be available in the O’Keefe gymnasium adjacent to McCamish Pavilion, where guests can view the ceremony via live stream. If open seats are available at the start of the event, guests from the overflow area will be invited to enter McCamish Pavilion to view the ceremony.
Why can’t Commencement be at Georgia State Stadium (Turner Field)?
Georgia State Stadium will be under construction and the work will not be completed in time for Commencement.
Why can’t Commencement be at the Georgia Dome?
The final event at the Georgia Dome will be held on March 5. Because of contractual obligations, the Georgia Dome is unable to remain open beyond that date.
Why can’t Commencement be at Philips Arena?
Spring Commencement is during the National Basketball Association playoffs. If a playoff game was scheduled on one of our ceremony days, priority would be given to the Atlanta Hawks.
Why can’t Commencement be at Bobby Dodd Stadium?
Georgia Tech is hosting the Atlanta United soccer team throughout the spring, as well as their own football team. While neither team has a game during our Commencement week, a ceremony on the field would destroy the turf, meaning they would not be able to fulfill their obligations to Atlanta United and to their own football team. Georgia Tech hosts their own ceremonies at McCamish Pavilion for this reason as well as others.
Why is commencement on Monday and Tuesday instead of the weekend?
Our ceremony must be scheduled, first, after final exams and, second, based on availability of the facility. McCamish Pavilion is unavailable the weekend prior to the ceremonies. And although spring commencement frequently takes place on a Saturday, our fall commencement is usually held on a weekday.
Will my college or school still hold a separate ceremony?
All bachelor’s-level ceremonies will be held at McCamish Pavilion and bachelor’s degree candidates will be individually acknowledged. The colleges and schools will not hold separate ceremonies. Perimeter College will hold ceremonies for associate degree candidates on the Clarkston campus. Graduate-level ceremonies will be managed by each respective college or school. The Ph.D. Commencement and Hooding will take place separately, as always.
For more information visit commencement.gsu.edu or contact the commencement staff at 404-413-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.