Delivering the undergraduate address is U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (BBA '66). Chambliss was first elected to Congress in 1994 to represent Georgia's 8th District. He was re-elected to a second term in the Senate in 2008. The Graduate ceremony speaker is Stephen L. Hajduk (BS '78), Professor and Department Head, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Hajduk laboratory is mainly interested in the molecular biology and biochemistry of trypanosomes, the causative agent of a human African sleeping sickness.
The 2013 Spring undergraduate commencement exercise will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. inside Sanford Stadium. The graduate ceremony will be held earlier that day at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Tickets are not required for either ceremony. If you are unable to attend the Spring undergraduate ceremony at Sanford Stadium, watch it live on UGA's streaming link.
NOTE: Backpacks will not be allowed inside Sanford Stadium or Stegeman Coliseum. Any bag brought into the stadium must be smaller than 12”x12”x12”. All bags will be searched. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected. Please plan accordingly, there may be delays.
Instructions for graduates
Please visit the ceremony instruction link on the Student Information page for more details.
For the comfort of families and guests
The following suggestions may make the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony more enjoyable:
- Dress for the heat; light clothing is advisable
- Hats, visors, and sun block are recommended
- You may wish to bring your own water
- We regret that umbrellas will not be permitted, as they would block the view of other guests
- Smoking is prohibited inside both Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum
- In the interest of all guests, no large items, such as banners and posters, or amplification equipment, such as bullhorns or megaphones, will be allowed. No alcohol is permitted at any of the ceremonies
Cameras and video recorders are permitted inside Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum for all graduation ceremonies. However to avoid blocking the view of others, guests are not permitted on the stadium field or the coliseum floor during the events. Only approved photographers are allowed in these areas.
Photographers authorized to be on the stadium field and/or coliseum floor are free to roam in student seating areas but not on stage during ceremonies. They also are not permitted to block or impede the processional or recessional. Business or business casual attire is required for all photographers. For all other media inquiries please contact Stephanie Schupska (print) or Pete Konenkamp (broadcast).
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Future Ceremony Dates, Times and Locations
|Spring 2013||May 10, 2013, Friday||Undergraduate Ceremony in Sanford Stadium at 7 p.m.; Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 10 a.m.|
|Summer 2013||August 2, 2013, Friday||Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.|
|Fall 2013||December 13, 2013, Friday||Undergraduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 9:30 a.m.; Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 2:30 p.m.|
|Spring 2014||May 9, 2014, Friday||Undergraduate Ceremony in Sanford Stadium at 7 p.m.; Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 10 a.m.|
|Summer 2014||August 1, 2014, Friday||Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.|
*Times and locations are subject to change.