All baccalaureate ceremonies will be held at Georgia State Stadium and 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.
Degree candidates participating in Commencement are expected to wear the custom Georgia State regalia. The last day to order regalia was March 26. For assistance with regalia call the University Bookstore at (404) 413-9700 or email email@example.com.
Click here for more information: www.commencement.gsu.edu/cap-and-gown/
The Commencement staff is unable to confirm degree conferrals. Please contact the Graduation Office (404) 413-2248 to confirm.
There is no Commencement rehearsal. Upon arrival staff, volunteers and signage will direct degree candidates on where to check-in and sit.
Yes, degree candidates may decorate their caps. However, profane or derogatory language is not permitted.
Yes, candidates may wear their organization’s stoles or cords but they must not interfere with the custom Georgia State regalia.
Diplomas are not awarded at the ceremony. Upon certification of satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, your diploma will be mailed to you at the address listed on your PAWS account. If you have a change of address, you must update your diploma address via your PAWS account. Financial obligations to the university must be cleared before your diploma is mailed. Allow 6 – 8 weeks following degree conferral for delivery. Diplomas mailed internationally may require additional time.
Undergraduate candidates who have achieved academic honors can pick up their honor cord from the Graduation Office. Honor cords will also be available at Commencement once candidates have checked in.
75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1150
Atlanta, GA 30303
NO tickets are required and candidates may invite as many guests as they like. Ceremonies will occur rain or shine.
To ensure the safety of degree candidates, guests and faculty, and to comply with relevant laws and regulations, all individuals and bags are subject to inspection prior to entry, all individuals will walk through metal detectors upon entry.
Stadium Clear Bag Policy
Bags carried into the stadium must be clear plastic and not exceed12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. No backpacks are permitted.Small clutches, about the size of a hand, are permitted with proper inspection.
- Outside food or drink
- Alcoholic beverages
- Animals (except for certified service animals)
- Bicycles, rollerblades, scooters & skateboards
- Confetti or silly string
- Artificial noise makers
- Explosives, fireworks & items deemed hazardous
- Large signs, banners or flags judged to be offensive
- Laser pointers
- Weapons of any kind
- Wrapped gifts
Commencement is held rain or shine and will only be rescheduled in the event of severe weather. Severe weather is defined as rain accompanied by high wind, thunder and lightning. If it is raining on the morning of Commencement, but severe weather has not been declared, the ceremony will be held as planned in the stadium. Any changes to Commencement will be announced the evening before the ceremony by 9 p.m., and details will be placed on the Georgia State homepage.
If weather is a concern for you or a member of your party, you may wish to consider a different viewing option.
*Umbrellas are not allowed in Georgia State Stadium. Ponchos will be provided to degree candidates.
Yes, guests with a valid handicap parking tag may park in the front of the Green Lot. All parking is complimentary. Click here for the Georgia State Stadium Parking Map. Golf cart shuttles will pick-up at the Green Lot.
Complimentary wheelchair services can be requested at the Guest Service booths located inside Gate 6 and 7. Wheelchairs are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Personal wheelchairs are also permitted inside the stadium.
Americans with Disabilities Act seating is available in the top row of each 100-level and 200-level section. Because of high demand, this area is strictly reserved for our ADA patrons and one companion. Additional party guests are encouraged to use the seating in front of ADA section.
Yes, a Communication Access Realtime Translation reporter will generate captioning for the video screens.