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May 13–15, 2021
Sanford Stadium

As the birthplace of public higher education, the University of Georgia has fostered a tradition of academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, and service to others since 1785. For our graduates, Commencement is a beginning, the start of the next chapter in their lives.

Whether you’re participating in the undergraduate Commencement ceremony or supporting your graduate, this information will help you prepare for and navigate graduation day.

Announcements

We are committed to a culture of personal accountability as part of our community-wide effort to combat COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend the ceremony. Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are required for all guests.

For those who cannot attend in person, a livestream of the ceremony is available at commencement.uga.edu. Anyone deemed at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.

Tickets are REQUIRED. Upon receipt, tickets must be printed at home and presented at the gate.

The CLEAR BAG policy is in effect for Commencement. Please follow the guidelines in the Permitted/Prohibited Items section.

General

Ceremony Start Time:
7:30 p.m.

Gates Open:
5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 13

  • Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Terry College of Business

Friday, May 14

  • College of Environment and Design
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Social Work

Saturday, May 15

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • College of Public Health
  • Mary Frances Early College of Education
  • Odum School of Ecology
  • School of Public and International Affairs
  • Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Commencement Speaker

Maria Taylor

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a degree in broadcast news from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Taylor has risen through the ranks of sports journalism and is now in her seventh season as an analyst, host and reporter for ESPN. She returned to the university to pursue her Master of Business Administration, which she completed in May 2013.

A native of Alpharetta, Taylor played collegiate volleyball and basketball for UGA. She was named to the All-SEC volleyball team three times and was also a member of the USA A2 National Volleyball team.

Prior to 2012, Maria was a reporter and host for IMG College (now Learfield IMB College) at the University of Georgia for three years. She also appeared on various studio shows including “Dawg Report,” “SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight” and “SportsNite.”

In 2013, she was the sideline reporter on ESPN2’s weekly Saturday night primetime college football telecast and covered the Orange Bowl for the second year. She also served as an analyst on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show, and ESPN’s coverage of both the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Volleyball National Championship for the previous two years.

Taylor became the first African American woman to co-host “College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” in 2017. She was also tapped as the sideline reporter for ABC’s “Saturday Night Football.” She patrolled the sidelines for the 2018 through 2021 College Football Playoff and National Championship Games. She previously served as the first female host of the SEC Network’s traveling college football show, “SEC Nation.” Prior to her role on “SEC Nation,” she helped launch the SEC Network as one of three studio hosts and worked as the “SEC Primetime Saturday Night” college football reporter.

Taylor also cofounded Winning Edge Leadership Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to improving networking opportunities and providing training and professional development to people of color and women pursuing careers in the sports industry. Since 2015, the academy has helped more than 40 students to become the next generation of leaders in sports business.

Tickets/Registration

Registration is now open for Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies at Sanford Stadium. Undergraduate degree recipients for Spring and Summer 2021 are eligible to register for 4 tickets (1 graduate ticket and 3 guest tickets).* Tickets are required for ALL attendees. Upon receipt, tickets must be printed at home and presented at the gate. Registration requires a Spring or Summer 2021 degree recipient UGA ID number. Registration closes on April 27.

Please have your UGA ID number ready for registration. Tickets will be emailed closer to the ceremony.

Register for Tickets

We sincerely wish we could accommodate more guests, but in light of current public health official guidance on social distancing, seating is limited in Sanford Stadium. In addition, not all sections will be open, as the fire marshal requires that we keep the fireworks safety zone clear. The pandemic conditions make this ceremony different than traditional ceremonies previously held at Sanford Stadium. For these reasons, each graduate is limited to 3 guests.

For those who cannot attend in person, a livestream of the ceremony will be available at commencement.uga.edu.

Anyone deemed at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.

Tickets are for general admission. Available seats are designated by red chair backs or vinyl wrappers. Graduates will sit in the stands with their guests and should proceed directly to any open red seats upon entering the gates. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on the day of your ceremony, and the ceremony will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. There will be no formal processional.

Most red seats are set in groups of 4. Please do not sit with other parties. Graduates and guests may not sit on unmarked bleachers. Please note that if you are seated on the bleachers rather than designated red seats, you will be asked to relocate.

If you or any of your guests need wheelchair seating accommodations, additional registration will be required. Everyone in your party must have a general admission ticket. Reservations in wheelchair seating accommodations are not in addition to the 4 general admission tickets. Reservations are for one person in a wheelchair and one companion (two individuals per reservation). Additional family members will be directed to separate seating in the general seating area. Sanford Stadium does not provide wheelchairs on-site. Guests with mobility concerns are strongly encouraged to bring their own wheelchair or elect to view the livestream. 

Please note that due to COVID-19, the University will not be providing transportation from remote parking lots to the Stadium. Visitors should be prepared to walk significant distances, up to 1 mile, from parking and throughout the Stadium.

*If ticket registrations are low, extra tickets may be made available. Announcements for additional tickets will be sent to graduate UGA email addresses; however, there is no guarantee there will be additional tickets available.

UGA ID Number

Your UGA ID number can be found by logging into “ATHENA” and clicking the “Financial Aid” button and then “Financial Aid Status.” You will see your UGA ID number in front of your name in the upper right corner of the page.

Parking

Parking for Commencement is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Suggested parking areas include, Hull Deck (W05), South Campus Deck (S11), East Campus Deck (E04), and Performing Arts Center Deck (E20).

For disability parking, see disability access.

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

Parking Map

Disability Access

Graduates and/or guests requiring wheelchair accessible seating are required to register in advance. Registration will be available shortly.  Please check back soon to register.

Please contact Commencement Reservations with any questions at rsvpcomm@uga.edu.

Everyone in your party must have a general admission ticket. Reservations in wheelchair accessible seating are not in addition to the 4 general admission tickets.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating Reservations allows access for one person in a wheelchair and one companion (two individuals per reservation).  Additional family members will need to sit separately in general seating. Please plan accordingly.

Visitors with mobility concerns but who do not require wheelchair accessible seating reservations should arrive early to sit in the general admission seats and be prepared for the exertion of the day. Stadium Gates open 2 hours prior to the start of the ceremony.

Visitors with other ADA accommodations, please contact rsvpcomm@uga.edu.

Requests for accomodations for those with disabilities should be made as soon as possible but at least 7 days prior to the scheduled event.  Please contact the Office of Special Events at rsvpcomm@uga.edu to request accomodations.

On-site wheelchairs are NOT available. Guests with difficulty walking are strongly encouraged to view the livestream or bring their own wheelchair and register for wheelchair seating. Wheelchairs are commonly available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies.

Anyone deemed at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.

Disability Parking (Permit Required)

Parking for guests with disabilities is available in the Tate Center Parking Deck located at 705 South Lumpkin Street. Disability Parking Permits are required to park in the Tate Center Parking Deck.

Personal vehicle drop-offs are NOT permitted near the stadium. Please plan accordingly. 

On-site wheelchairs are NOT available. Guests with difficulty walking are strongly encouraged to view the livestream or bring their own wheelchair and register for wheelchair seating.

Parking Map

Seating Chart

Seating chart will be available soon.

Face Coverings

Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are required for all guests. Guests are required to have face coverings for ingress, egress, and movement throughout the stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household.

Stadium workers and staff should wear face coverings at all times.

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing, and guests are asked to keep a safe distance between their party and others while inside and outside of Sanford Stadium.

Entrance

  • Gates 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 will be open.
  • Face coverings are required for entrance to the stadium.
  • Every other lane will be open at all entry gates to help promote social distancing.
  • Decals will be placed at gate entry to facilitate social distancing.
  • All patrons are allowed to bring in one, unopened bottle of water.
  • The Clear Bag Policy is still in effect.

Contactless Transactions

All transactions for concessions and merchandise locations at Sanford Stadium will be contactless and cashless (Credit/Debit Cards Only – Mastercard, Visa, Amex and Discover – all will be accepted). All souvenir stands will have $25 Visa gift cards available for cash purchase. These cards can be used at any concessions stand at Sanford Stadium, as well as merchants nationwide.

Concessions

Guests are permitted to bring in one, unopened bottle of water and food items. Food items must fit inside the permitted-sized bags.

Concessions will be available.

Concessions teams have implemented a number of measures to provide a clean and safe experience at concession locations in Sanford Stadium:

  • Concessions will include grab-n-go items. Menu offerings will be limited to the most highly-demanded.
  • Face coverings will be required to be worn by all customers and staff at all times; concessions staff will also wear gloves.
  • Condiment stands on the concourses will be eliminated. Pre-packaged condiments and napkins will be distributed upon request.
  • Food items will be wrapped or pre-packaged and offered in easy-to-carry trays along with packaged utensils.
  • All transactions will be cashless and contactless.
  • Social distancing floor decals have been installed to properly queue lines and maintain social distancing. Guests waiting in line will be asked to maintain at least six feet distance from other customers.

Viewing Options

We encourage those that are unable/unwilling to attend the in-person ceremony to view the ceremony online.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Commencement homepage.

Eligibility

Those eligible for tickets include undergraduate degree recipients for Spring or Summer 2021 and their guests.

Permitted/Prohibited Items

Security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of safety.

Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering and will not be accepted by employees nor stored at the gates.

Permitted Items

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12"x6"x12".
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5".
  • Bags that contain necessary medical items, which must be inspected and approved at either gate 2 or gate 6.
  • Food; items must fit inside the permitted-sized bag
  • Water, in sealed plastic bottles; must fit inside the permitted-sized bag
  • Umbrellas
  • Cameras and video recorders (Clear Bag Policy applies to camera bags)
  • Strollers (except for in the seating areas)

Prohibited Items

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

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

Bag Specifications

Restrooms

  • Decals will be placed on the ground to promote social distancing.
  • Attendants will be assigned to every restroom, continuously disinfecting touch points.
  • All restrooms will be disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer before the ceremony.

Cleaning

  • The following areas will be disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer before each ceremony:
    • all stadium restrooms,
    • locker rooms,
    • first aid rooms,
    • and other common areas.
  • Hand sanitizers will be deployed throughout the stadium.
  • All public water fountains will be disabled.

Inclement Weather

The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will be held rain or shine and will only be rescheduled in the event of severe weather.  Severe weather is defined as rain accompanied by high wind, thunder, and lightning. If necessary, the alternate ceremony time will be announced on this website.

If it is raining on the morning of Commencement, but not declared severe weather, the ceremony will be held as planned in the stadium. Weather conditions could impact the safety and probability of the fireworks show.

Any changes to the Commencement ceremony will be announced by 10:00 a.m. the day of Commencement, and the information will be placed on the UGA homepage by 10:30 a.m.

If weather is a concern for you or a member of your party, you may wish to consider a different viewing option.

Captioning

The ceremony will have open captioning in Sanford Stadium. A live streaming transcription of the audio portion of the ceremony will be displayed on the large reader boards for guests.

Graduate Recognition

Undergraduate degree candidates will rise with their school or college when degrees are conferred.

Degree candidates earning Latin honors will be recognized during the ceremony. Degree candidates who meet the following GPA criteria and who do not have a FERPA Restriction will be noted in the Commencement program. Latin honors distinctions effective for Spring  or Summer 2021 undergraduates are found below:

Latin Honors Distinction GPA Requirement
Cum Laude 3.60–3.74
Magna Cum Laude 3.75–3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90–4.00

First Honor Graduates have maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average on all work attempted at the University of Georgia as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following enrollment at the University. These students are celebrated for their high standards of academic excellence and their outstanding achievements. Their regalia includes a fourragère, a braided cord worn on the shoulder.

Keepsakes

Programs

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

Digital programs will be available to download for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

If you received your undergraduate degree in Spring or Summer of 2021, your name will be in the program.

If you would like to receive a printed copy of the 2021 Spring Commencement program, please fill out this form by June 15, 2021.  Limit is one per graduate.

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

Update Your Information

Wherever your next chapter takes you, stay in touch! Update your contact information with UGA Alumni to receive a special grad gift this summer.