Commencement Speaker

Marshall Shepherd

Marshall Shepherd is an international expert in weather, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director of the atmospheric sciences program at UGA. He also is the host of The Weather Channel’s award-winning Sunday talk show “Weather Geeks” and a contributor to Forbes magazine.

Tickets

Tickets are not required for the graduate ceremony.

Assembly Instructions

Graduate degree candidates will report to the women’s basketball practice gym on the second floor of the Coliseum Training Facility at 8:30am. Enter through the doors closest to the Carlton Street Parking Deck.

Hooding professors will also assemble in the women’s basketball practice gym.

Seating Chart

Graduates are seated with their school or college. Seating charts are typically available two weeks prior to Commencement.

Viewing Options

In addition to viewing the ceremony in person, the graduate ceremony will be broadcast live on UGA’s University Cablevision Channel 15 and Charter Communications Channel 181. A live stream also will be available online. Visitors to campus may also view the live broadcast of the ceremony in the Tate Student Center Theatre.

Eligibility

Graduate commencement exercises are held in May and December. Students completing Graduate and Doctoral degree requirements during Summer will have the option to participate in the Fall graduation ceremony.

For general information regarding graduation requirements, consult the Graduate Bulletin. To ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation, contact the Graduate Coordinator’s Office in your academic department or email gradinfo@uga.edu.

Graduate Recognition

Graduate degree candidates will cross the stage.

PhD degree candidates will be hooded on stage by their major professor.

Keepsakes

Programs

Two versions of the Commencement program are printed: a longer version and a shorter version. The longer version includes the names of all candidates. Two copies of this program will be placed in the seats for each of the candidates participating. Guests will receive an abbreviated program containing information about the ceremony.

In order to appear in the program, candidates for degrees must remove their FERPA restrictions when applying for graduation.

Photos

UGA Photographic Services captures the events of the day. Prints of the ceremony will be available for purchase after the event.

Commencement Photos

 

Diploma Frames and UGA Merchandise

UGA merchandise, including diploma frames, can be purchased from the University of Georgia Bookstore located next to Sanford Stadium, the Tate Student Center, and the Zell B. Miller Learning Center.

UGA Bookstore

Lost & Found

For items believed lost in the Coliseum, please email lostandfound@sports.uga.edu or call 706‑542‑7944.

First Aid

First Aid and ambulance services will be on-site to assist with emergency needs. First Aid is located behind Section L in the Stegeman Coliseum concourse.

Helpful Tips

Tips for graduates:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking and standing for long periods of time.
  • Leave purses, coats, and other belongings with your family members.
  • During the procession, remain in a single-file line and keep pace.
  • Remain standing in front of your seat during the entire procession. Do not stand in the aisles.
  • Pick a place to meet your family and friends once the ceremony is completed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any UGA Commencement ceremony.

Permitted/Prohibited Items

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 and will not be accepted by employees nor stored at the coliseum.

Permitted Items

  • Bags or purses, 8.5″x11″ or smaller
  • Food; items must fit inside the permitted-sized bag
  • Beverages, including water, in sealed plastic bottles; items must fit inside the permitted-sized bag.
  • Umbrellas
  • Cameras and video recorders
  • Strollers
  • Sunscreen and hats are recommended

Prohibited Items

For the safety, security, and experience of all guests, the following items are prohibited.

  • Backpacks
  • Wrapped gifts or packages wherein the contents are not visible
  • Alcohol
  • Glass and aluminum containers
  • Tobacco. UGA is a tobacco-free campus.
  • Large items, such as banners and posters, or amplification equipment, such as bullhorns or megaphones

Inclement Weather Plan

Stegeman Coliseum is an indoor arena. In case of inclement (severe) weather affecting UGA’s Commencement ceremony a notice will be place on the University’s homepage.

Inclement Weather Operations Policy

Parking

Parking for Commencement is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Suggested parking areas include, South Campus Deck (S11), Carlton Street Deck (S15), and Foley Field Lot (S14).

McPhaul Lot (S10) and Coverdell Lot (S16) are reserved for designated participants by permit only.

Parking Map

For disability parking, see disability access.

If you have additional parking questions, please contact Parking Services at 706‑542‑7275.

Food and Dining

On-Campus

Many of our campus eateries will be open to serve families and guests and are in close proximity to Commencement venues. Given the high volume of traffic on Commencement day, we encourage families to dine at one of our on-campus eateries.

Dining Halls

Our dining halls are used to feeding thousands of students each day. They are a great option for guests looking for a quick meal. Bolton Dining Commons and Snelling Dining Commons will be open 7am – 8pm on Commencement day. Visit UGA Dining Services for daily menus, pricing and payment information.

UGA Hotel and Conference Center

The UGA Hotel and Conference Center is located in the heart of campus. They offer the following options:

The Savannah Room

The Savannah Room offers sit-down dining with a range of entree options.

Open daily for dinner (5:00pm – 10:00pm), weekends for breakfast (7:00am – 9:00am) and weekdays for lunch (11:30am – 2:00pm)

Georgia Java

Georgia Java is a quick-service coffee stand offering a variety of drinks and baked goods.

Open daily 6:30am – 6:00pm (4pm on weekends)

The Courtyard Café

The Courtyard Café offers hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and made-to-order sandwiches.

Open daily for breakfast (7am – 10am) and lunch (weekdays 11:30am – 2:00pm, weekends 11:00am – 1:00pm)

Off-Campus

If you choose to dine off-campus, be sure to plan accordingly so that you have plenty of time between events. We strongly recommend that you consider dining at one of our on-campus eateries during the day.

Local Restaurants

Disability Access

Visitors with disability concerns are strongly encouraged to arrive early to the coliseum. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Main entrances to Stegeman Coliseum along Sanford Drive and Carlton Street are wheelchair accessible. On-site wheelchairs will not be available. Guests with difficulty walking are strongly encouraged to bring their own wheelchair. Wheelchairs are commonly available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies.

Disability Parking

Parking for guests with disabilities is available in the Hoke Smith Annex lot (S12). The lot is adjacent to Stegeman Coliseum. The main entrances to Stegeman Coliseum along Sanford Drive and Carlton Street are wheelchair accessible.

Parking Map

Disability Seating

Seating for guests in wheelchairs is very limited in the coliseum. Disability and companion seating is located along the top row of the lower level. We ask that accompanying family members be kept to a minimum to allow space for other guests with disabilities.

The Arch

For University of Georgia alumni with mobility disabilities who choose to pass through the Arch after graduation, the University will have a temporary platform in place on Saturday, May 6, from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

If you have any questions, contact E. Janyce Dawkins, director of the Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 542‑7912.

Academic Regalia (Cap & Gown)

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Candidates should wear their tassels on the right side prior to their degree being conferred and on the left side afterward. The mortarboard on the cap should be parallel to the ground.

Program-Specific Colors

With the exception of the honors tassels, the color of tassels as well as the color of the velvet on the hoods worn by master and doctorate candidates are indicative of the academic subject area.

The colors associated with these subjects areas are as follows:

Subject AreaColor
Agriculturemaize
Arts, Letters, Humanitieswhite
Business and Accountancydrab
Educationlight blue
Engineeringorange
Fine Arts and Landscape Architecturebrown
Forestry and Natural Resourcesrusset
Family and Consumer Sciencesmaroon
Journalism and Mass Communicationcrimson
Lawpurple
Musicpink
Pharmacyolive green
Public Administrationpeacock blue
Public Healthsalmon pink
Sciencegolden yellow
Social Workcitron
Veterinary Sciencegray

Honors Tassels

Review complete information regarding respective standards for honors graduation.

Undergraduate students who anticipate graduating with honors may wear an honors tassel:

Honors DesignationTassel Color
Summa Cum LaudeRed, Silver and Black
Magna Cum LaudeRed and Silver
Cum LaudeRed and Black

Regalia Orders

Caps, gowns and hoods may be purchased at the University of Georgia Bookstore. Contact the bookstore at 706‑542‑3171 or via email for purchasing information. Announcements can be ordered online from Jostens.

Please note: If you order your academic regalia from someone other than the UGA Bookstore, the UGA Bookstore will not be able to assist you with missing or replacement items.

Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks following the conclusion of each semester.

Please see the Registrar’s Office site for complete information regarding applying to graduate and diplomas.