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Commencement Day

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a UGA alumnus, will deliver the spring 2014 undergraduate commencement address on May 9.  The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. A 1966 graduate of the university, Isakson is currently in his second term as a U.S. senator.

The graduate Commencement ceremony, which will feature UGA dean emeritus Arthur M. "Andy" Horne, will be held at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum also on May 9. Tickets are not required for either ceremony. Click here for more details.

The 2014 Spring Undergraduate Commencement exercise will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 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 event. If you are unable to attend the ceremonies, watch them live on UGA's streaming link.

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WUGA-TV will broadcast on a tape delay the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m, and University Channel 15 will rebroadcast the undergraduate and the graduate ceremonies back-to-back starting with the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. and again on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m.

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

For additional graduation information please visit the ceremony instruction link on the Student Information page.

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
  • Hat, visors, and sun screen lotion are recommended
  • You may wish to bring your own water
  • We regret the umbrellas will not be permitted, as they would block the view of other guests
  • Smoking is prohibited inside 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. Alcohol is NOT permitted at any UGA commencement ceremony.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are permitted inside Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum for all 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.

Working media

Photographers authorized to be on the coliseum floor or stadium field are free to roam in student seating areas but not on stage during the ceremony. 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).  

Lost & Found

For items believed lost in the coliseum, please email lostandfound@sports.uga.edu or call 706-542-7944.  For other lost and found inquiries, please contact detectives@police.uga.edu.

Future Ceremony Dates, Times and Locations

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.
Fall 2014 December 19, 2014, Friday Undergraduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 9:30 a.m.; Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 2:30 p.m.
Spring 2015 May 8, 2015, Friday Undergraduate Ceremony in Sanford Stadium at 7 p.m.; Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 10 a.m.
Summer 2015 July 31, 2015, Friday Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.
 

*Times and locations are subject to change.