Graduation / Commencement Information

In preparation for degree completion and our commencement ceremonies, the following links offer important information to our graduating students, commencement guests, and the community.

General Information

Georgia Southern University currently holds commencement ceremonies at the end of Fall and Spring semesters. Students may walk at the graduation ceremony only after they complete all their coursework. This includes internships. The only exceptions are the students completing in the Summer semester.  Summer Candidates completing all their degree requirements at the end of Summer semester are expected to walk in the Spring (May) Commencement. Doctoral students who complete all requirements at the end of Summer semester are expected to walk at the Fall (December) Commencement.

Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances which will not allow a student to come back to campus after their internship or to participate in their assigned ceremony. Students should appeal in writing to the Graduation Area of the Registrar’s Office for special permission to participate in a different ceremony.


Commencement Checklist
1. Application for Graduation

All candidates must submit an Application for Graduation.

Not attending commencement? If you are not planning to attend the commencement ceremony you must notify the Registrar’s Office. You may notify our office by submitting your request via our
Request to Graduate In Absentia form.

Please access your WINGS account through MyGeorgiaSouthern to enter a Diploma Address (DA) that is valid fourteen weeks after commencement for delivery of your diploma. If there is no Diploma Address (DA), the Permanent Home Address (MA) is used for mailing your diploma after all requirements are completed. Please be sure that you have paid the $35 graduation fee by logging into WINGS through your MyGeorgiaSouthern account or in person at the Cashier’s Window in Deal Hall.

The Registrar’s Office mails graduation letters and a  commencement information brochure to candidates before the end of the semester. All students planning to participate in this semester’s commencement ceremony should pay careful attention to the detailed information presented in the brochure to ensure a smooth ceremony. An on-line version of the brochure will be posted at this site when it is available.


2. Graduation Fee

Every student receiving a degree must pay a graduation fee of $35. This may be paid online by logging into my.georgiasouthern.edu, or in person at the Cashier’s window in Deal Hall on Southern Drive (Sweetheart Circle). If you do not see the graduation fee posted on your account, please email the Office of the Registrar at graduation@georgiasouthern.edu.  Students completing two degrees on the same date will only pay $35.


3. Other Obligations

All fees due to the University must be paid before a degree is awarded to the student. This includes holds, parking tickets, obligations to the Library, National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) and the Business Office.


4. Change of Expected Graduation Date

After applying for graduation, if a student changes his/her completion term, either to move it forward or to delay it to another term after application, the Registrar’s Office must be notified in order to plan his/her graduation correctly.


Cap and Gown Reservation

Students may reserve their caps and gowns at the Spring Graduation Get Together which is held each Spring during the month of March. Notices of the dates and times will be sent to all seniors. Reservations may also be made at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation.

Please give your height, weight, degree, and major. Measurements must be received by Herff Jones at least six weeks before commencement. Invitations, graduation photography, rings, and other items will also be available for purchase at the Get Together. Cap and gown fees can be paid directly to the Herff-Jones Company when you place your order.


Diplomas

The graduates should receive diplomas in the mail approximately six to eight weeks after the end of each semester. Candidates are encouraged to update their diploma address (DA) and graduation and personal e-mail addresses on WINGS before the end of the semester in which they are completing their requirements. Major(s) and graduation with honors are noted on the diploma.

Graduates from the University Honors Program and University Honors Program 1906 Scholars will be noted on the diploma.


Diploma Replacement Request

Replacement diplomas may be ordered by using the Replacement Diploma Request Form link below.

Our policy is that diplomas and academic records must have the same last name.  Therefore, diplomas will print with the same last name that is currently on your transcripts.

The price is $50 for all diplomas. Payment can be made by phone by calling the Cashier’s Office at (912) 478-0020.  All diplomas are size 12″ x 15″ and will include the University’s current name and signatures.

Replacement Diploma Request Form


Graduation with Honors
  • Honors are computed by the Registrar’s Office and all questions concerning graduation with honors should be directed to that office.
  • Honors are based upon all academic work attempted including all courses attempted at other institutions.
  • At least 60 hours of the credits used to determine honors must be earned at Georgia Southern.
  • To determine eligibility for recognition of graduation with honors at the ceremony, the student’s grade point average at the end of the term prior to the graduation ceremony will be used. After graduation and all final grades are recorded and all degree requirements are complete, honors are re-calculated and will be added to diplomas and transcripts if honors are achieved.
  • GPA Criteria:
    1. Minimum average for a level of honors on all course work at Georgia Southern
    2. Minimum average for a level of honors on all undergraduate work
    3. Lower GPA will determine level of honors.

Detailed criteria regarding honors may be found by visiting the graduation requirement section in the University Catalog and viewing “Graduation with Honors.”Only baccalaureate degree candidates are eligible to graduate with honors. Students receiving honors will be notified by letter before commencement. Further details will be contained in the graduation letter that is sent to each candidate.


Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies

Fall 2014 Graduation
December 12, 2014
Hanner Fieldhouse

9:00 AM CEREMONY
College of Graduate Studies (COGS)
College of Education (COE)
College of Business Administration (COBA)
College of Public Health (COPH)

11:00 AM CEREMONY
College of Graduate Studies (COGS)
College of Science and Mathematics (COSM)
College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT)
College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)

1:00 PM CEREMONY
College of Graduate Studies (COGS)
Interdisciplinary BS (Intl Trade)
Interdisciplinary BA (Intl Studies)
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)


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Commencement Brochure

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