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Ceremony Details


Graduates should report to their assigned area in the IC by 7:30 a.m.

Students who fail to arrive on time are subject to being withdrawn from the graduation ceremony.

Arrival/Assembly for Academic Procession

Ambassadors will be available to direct you to your specific area assignments.  An ambassador will be assigned to your assembly location and direct you through the procession. Graduates must arrive in cap and gown promptly at 7:30 AM on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Family and friends will not be permitted to enter the assembly area. Staff members will be available to help direct graduates to the appropriate line-up areas as well as to direct family and friends to seating areas.

You will not be permitted to bring cell phones or purses into the ceremony site. It is suggested that you leave these items in your locked vehicle or with someone in the audience. We cannot guarantee security of personal items.

Ceremony Etiquette

The Gordon State College commencement ceremony is a very traditional and formal celebration of your academic accomplishments.  It is Gordon’s desire that your ceremony reflects the honor, respectability and dignity of this important occasion.  In keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, we ask that you observe the following guidelines.  Please share these guidelines with your family and guests.

  • Please silence all electronic devices during the ceremony
  • Guests may not approach the stage to take photos or video while the ceremony is in progress.
  • So that each graduate’s name may be heard, during the presentation of degrees, please ask your guests to refrain from out-cries of joy when your name is called.


Diploma covers (not diplomas) will be issued to each candidate as he or she walks across the stage at the commencement ceremony. Upon verification of degree requirements, diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on file within 8 weeks of graduation. Please verify and update your address, if necessary, in BannerWeb immediately.

Name Cards

Graduates, you will be issued a color coded name card when you check in at your assigned location.  The information on your card includes the honors designation, if applicable; the degree(s) you are receiving; your name and the pronunciation that you have provided.  This card provides your name to the announcer for individual recognition as you walk across to receive your diploma cover.  You must take this card with you and give it to the Announcer so that your name may be pronounced as accurately as possible over the public address system.


If you have an unusual or difficult name to pronounce, please phone the office of Academic Affairs pronunciation line at 678-359-5201 or come by Lambdin Hall 345 as soon as possible.


Graduates should park in lot E by the Fine Arts Building and Gordon Village. Parking lots will be open to all participants and guests, as well as to all college employees who will be keeping departments open that morning. Parking Lot C, which is by the athletic fields, is the recommended location for parking.

You may wish to allow some extra minutes for finding a parking space.

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Special Needs

Handicapped parking spaces closest to the graduation area are located in the small lot off College Drive, and in the Visitor’s Parking lot off Spencer Street (behind the Welcome Center). However, parking is not guaranteed in this area. Please refer to the campus map for additional parking locations.

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The facility provides easy access for guests with permanent or temporary disabilities. There will be handicapped accessible seating throughout the ceremony site for guests in wheelchairs as well as those who are unable to climb stairs. Special tickets are required for guests who request accommodations. Guest attendants are available to assist guests and provide directions.

Graduation candidates who need special accommodations should contact Academic Affairs in Lambdin 345 or call (678) 359-5018 prior to graduation day.