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Commencement Day

Roger C. Hunter, a 1978 graduate of the University of Georgia and NASA Ames Research Center Associate Director for Programs, will deliver UGA's Undergraduate Commencement address.  The University's Graduate School Commencement speaker will be Dr. Gregory H. Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemisty at UGA.

The 2014 Fall Commencement exercise will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 in Stegeman Coliseum. The Undergraduate ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Graduate exercise gets underway at 2:30 p.m.  Doors for the morning ceremony open at 8 a.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the University Cable System and Channel 181 of the Charter Cable System. It also will be streamed live here. While tickets are not needed for the Graduate exercise, they are required for the Undergraduate ceremony. Undergraduate candidates are allowed up to 6 tickets with additional tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Office of the Registrar (www.reg.uga.edu) the week before the Thanksgiving break, Nov. 17-21.

NOTE: Bags, purses or backpacks exceeding 12"x12"x12”, and wrapped packages wherein the contents are not visible*  are prohibited inside Stegeman Colisuem. Food, drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum, non-alcoholic) and soft-sided coolers (with the plastic liner removed) ARE permitted. Beverage containers may also be subject to inspection.

* We advise either wrapping the gift item inside the coliseum after the item has been inspected or place the unboxed gift item in a gift bag. Our security personnel will ask guests to open any wrapped items for inspection. Gate personnel are instructed to enforce this rule in the interest of safety. Coliseum security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety. Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering the coliseum, and will not be accepted by employees nor stored at the gates.

CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY: Preparatory work for the construction of UGA's new Science Learning Center is underway, including the relocation of the site entry off Carlton Street, infrastructure installation, and demolition. The site is east of Stegeman Coliseum. Also, Rutherford Street, just west of Stegeman Coliseum, will be closed due to the renovation of Foley Baseball Field. Expect traffic delays, so please plan to arrive early.

Click here for a seating chart of the candidates on the floor of Stegeman Coliseum.

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

  • Smoking is prohibited inside 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 Stegeman Coliseum. However to avoid blocking the view of others, guests are not permitted on the coliseum floor during the event. Only approved photographers are allowed in these areas.

Working media

Photographers authorized to be on the coliseum floor 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

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.
Fall 2015 December 18, 2015, Friday Undergraduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 9:30 a.m.; Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum at 2:30 p.m.
 

*Times and locations are subject to change.