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Friday, December 9, 2016 - Storm Dome

Commencement Schedule

2:00 p.m.: All graduates should be in the Intramural Gym in the Student Success Center for instructions and to ensure you are in the correct place. When you lineup for the procession, you will be given a small card with your name on it. This is the only item you may carry into the ceremony. You will hand this card to the name reader just before you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover (you will receive the actual diploma after the ceremony). A graduation program will be placed in your chair; you may take it with you when you recess out of the ceremony.

You'll have the opportunity to take pictures with faculty and your classmates during the lineup before the ceremony. You may not bring any phones or cameras into the ceremony, however. Make sure you leave all personal items, including phones and cameras with trusted family or friends before the procession begins. The Intramural Gym will not be secure after you leave.

2:55 p.m.: The doors to the Convocation Hall will close. Seating for graduation is open with no tickets needed, but Convocation Hall will fill quickly. We recommend family arrive early for the best seats. Late entry is not allowed as it will disrupt the procession of students and faculty. Late-comers and overflow guests will be directed to a room where they can watch the ceremony streaming live, but they cannot enter the Convocation Hall after 2:55 or after it has filled to capacity. Remember that there will be lots of people on campus, so guests will need to allow time to park and walk to the Convocation Hall, plan accordingly. It is the one day of the year you can expect a traffic jam in Americus!

3:00 pm. Fall Commencement Procession begins

Immediately following the Commencement: Graduates will be led back into the intramural gym where the Registrar’s Office will have all the official diplomas. You will need to provide a photo ID in order to pick up your diploma. Please tuck your ID into your pocket before the ceremony. The only items you should have with you when you process into the ceremony are your name card and your picture ID.

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What do I need to bring on Graduation Day?:

  • Buisness Attire
  • Your Cap and Gown
  • Your Photo ID

Leave all personal items, including phones and cameras with trusted family or friends before the procession begins.

Appropriate Dress

Graduates must wear cap and gown. To make sure you have the right regalia please order from http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_gsw/ All candidates wear the tassel on the right side until your degree is awarded.

Do not attach anything to your cap. You will not be allowed to march if your cap has anything on it. Only stoles and cords from recognized GSW student organizations and honor societies may be worn. (See list of approved organizations and societies.) Contact your organization's adviser for information on receiving your cord or stole.

Under your cap and gown, nothing is to be worn high on the neck nor should you wear a collar overlapping the robe.

  • Women can wear neutral or dark hose and dark shoes with dresses and skirts, or dark pants with dark socks and shoes. Any jewelry should be simple and small, if worn at all.
  • Men are to wear dress shirts, ties, dark slacks, dark socks and dark shoes. Coats are optional.

Recognition for Honors

Only undergraduates who have earned 30 credit hours of the baccalaureate degree at GSW are eligible for Honors recognition. However, all coursework taken at all accredited colleges and universities is counted in figuring your Honors GPA, even if the credits did not transfer.

  • Graduation cum laude requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Graduation magna cum laude requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7.
  • Graduation summa cum laude requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.9.

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