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Commencement Information

This semester's ceremony will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 in the SARC. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.


Guest Admittance

Graduation will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Activities and Recreation Center (SARC).

Additional viewing will be located in the Fine Arts Auditorium.


 Fredrick Bailey picture

Labeled as an at-risk student, Fredrick Bailey had to overcome insurmountable obstacles. Living in an impoverished neighborhood where he struggled for survival and experienced physical abuse, Fredrick recalls many days with no electricity, food, or parental care.

His family's instability led him to "wait on the rain" so that he could have water to bathe and wash his clothes. Fredrick did not allow these challenges to stop him nor did he let his past define whom he would become today. He felt that there was something more to life.

In spite of these obstacles, Fredrick was able to attend Gordon State College and finally break generational family curses. During his time in college, Fredrick was honored to speak to a variety of nonprofit organizations and local business meetings about how he overcame the negative experiences in life.

Fredrick realized his calling as an encourager to the hopeless. His ultimate goal is to spread a message of hope across the nation, where he believes in equipping individuals through his writings, mentoring, and speaking opportunities, to be agents of change.

He has self-published two books, “Waiting on the Rain” and “The Power of Your Story.” But he is most proud of the important role he played in the development of the African American Male Initiative at Gordon State College.

As a Student Success Coach, he assisted many students in achieving their goals. Fredrick also worked as an Educational Program Specialist at Georgia State University with the TRIO Student Support Services program and taught in the Adult Education program at Atlanta Technical College.

Currently, Fredrick lives in the Washington, D.C. area and is the first Bill and Jean Milliken Fellow of Communities in Schools, Inc., the world’s largest dropout prevention organization. 

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 Registrar's office 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.