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.
Because of limited space, tickets will be required for guest entry into the baccalaureate ceremonies at McCamish Pavilion. Degree candidates will be allotted six tickets but they must register for attendance. There will also be an overflow area for viewing the livestream of the ceremonies. The bachelor’s degree ceremonies will also be streamed live at commencement.gsu.edu.
To request additional tickets, degree candidates must fill out the request form on the Commencement website. The form will be published Friday, Nov. 2 and an email will go out directing candidates 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 Friday, Nov. 16, and any additional tickets will be distributed Wednesday, Dec. 5 through of your Georgia State email address.
Overflow viewing will be available in the O’Keefe Gymnasium behind McCamish Pavilion, where guests can view the ceremony via live stream.
Yes. It is important that all candidates 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. To register for Commencement, click the link here: https://commencement.gsu.edu/registration-for-attendance/
All baccalaureate ceremonies will be held at McCamish Pavilion 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.
The Commencement staff is unable to confirm if a candidate has fulfilled all graduation requirements. Please contact the Graduation Office (404-413-2248) to confirm.
Degree candidates participating in Commencement are expected to wear the custom Georgia State regalia. The last day to order regalia was Thursday, Nov. 1. For assistance with regalia call the University Bookstore at (404) 413-9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information: http://commencement.gsu.edu/cap-and-gown/.
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 guest entry will be permitted without a ticket.
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.
- Bags that exceed 10” x 14” x 5”
- 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
Because of the potential for inclement weather, fall ceremonies are not feasible at Georgia State Stadium at this time.
Mercedes Benz Stadium is not accepting bookings from external organizations at this time.
Fall Commencement is during the National Basketball Association regular season. Priority would be given to the Atlanta Hawks and previously scheduled events.
Guests with a valid handicap parking tag may park on Fowler Street. Guest drop-off and pick-up is at the Louise and Leo Benatar Entrance off 10th Street.
Wheelchairs will not be available at the venue. Guests requiring a wheelchair, contact one of the private rental companies:
- Accucare Medical Equipment, 770.512.0090
- Complete Home Medical Equipment, 404.292.6525
- Enterprise Medical Services, 770.788.1505 or 866.607.1612
Americans with Disabilities Act seating is available in the top row of each 100-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.