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May Commencement Information

This semester’s ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM, on Lambdin Green in the center of campus. The ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. 


Guest Admittance

Graduation will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Lambdin Green in the center of campus

Additional viewing will be located in Russell Hall.


Regent C. Thomas Hopkins, Jr., MD, was appointed to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 2010 to represent the Third Congressional District.

He was named chair of the 19-member governing body for the USG in 2016 and will serve in that capacity through December 31, 2017.

Hopkins is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine, engaged in private practice in Griffin, Georgia, as a partner of OrthoGeorgia.

He served in the United States Air Force as a fighter squadron flight surgeon and orthopaedic surgeon. He is a board member of MAG Mutual Insurance Company and United Bank Corporation. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Orthopaedic Society where he has served as past president, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Spalding County Medical Society, and the Rotary Club of Griffin where he previously served as president. He has served on the Georgia Health Strategies Council and Governor’s Physician Partnership.

Hopkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, attended the University of Georgia, and completed his medical degree and residency at Emory University.

He and his wife, Sara, have two children.

Apply to Graduate

Any student who plans to graduate from Gordon State College is required to complete the Online Graduation Application process in Banner Web (link found in bottom footer of this page).  Step by step instructions for the Online Graduation Application process can be accessed here. All applications will be reviewed by the Gordon State College Registrar’s Office to insure that all requirements for graduation are or will be satisfied by the anticipated date of graduation.

Students must submit their Online Graduation Applications no later than the official mid-term date of the semester prior to the anticipated semester of graduation. A student who plans to graduate at the end of the Spring Semester, for example, is required to submit an online application for graduation no later than the mid-term date of the previous Fall Semester.

Register to Walk

If you plan to walk in the procession, you must login to the Graduation Ceremony Registration System to verify whether or not you will be participating in the graduation ceremony.  Here you will also verify how your name should appear on your diploma and on the graduation program.

Please note: You must participate in the Gordon State College Graduation Ceremony in order to receive a Gordon State College diploma cover with your diploma.

Click here to register to Walk

If you have questions, please contact the Assistant Registrar, Kristi Hayes, at 678-359-5022.

Graduation Survey

Please tell us about your experience with your program of study and your most recent (program) Academic Advisor at Gordon.  The survey will be emailed to eligible graduates during the weeks before graduation.