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 email@example.com. Students completing two degrees on the same date will only pay $35. Your degree will not be awarded if you have not paid the graduation fee.
3. Walking Out of Term
Effective immediately, below are the circumstances that are appropriate to request to walk one semester out of term:
Reasons or circumstances for requesting to walk out of term:
If the student is registered for a 12 hour internship in the Fall or Spring semester and cannot be present for the ceremony due to work requirements, distance from campus or the student is not returning to campus.
If the student is registered for a 3/6/9 hr internship and has NO other courses on campus that term.
If the student is registered for ALL online courses or is transient the final term and their permanent home address is out of state and/or more than a five hour travel commute.
If the student has to attend a funeral, birth of child, wedding, medical issues that would affect their participation in the ceremony and the student can provide documentation.
If you meet one of the reasons or circumstances above, please click here to request to walk out of term.
4. Student Actions That May Prevent Graduation
It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up with their advisor to ensure that their degree requirements are being met. The actions listed below could prevent a student from satisfying their graduation requirements in the desired term of completion:
- Withdrawing from (“dropping”) a required course.
- Receiving a failing grade in a required course or receiving a grade below that required by the program.
- Changing one’s major or degree program.
- Withdrawing from Georgia Southern University.
- Failure to meet any degree requirement (s) as specified and in the time stipulated on the Requirements Needed for Graduation agreement.
- Incurring a disciplinary action affecting the student’s enrollment.
- Academic and Financial obligations such as holds, parking tickets, obligations to the Library, National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) and the Business Office not met before the end of the graduation term.
5. 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. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and advise on your new completion term.
Students may reserve their caps and gowns at the Spring Graduation Gala 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 Gala. Cap and gown fees can be paid directly to the Herff-Jones Company when you place your order.
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 using the link below. All diplomas are size 12″ x 15″ and will include the University’s current name and signatures.
Replacement Diploma Request and Payment Form