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Graduate Education Events

Fall Commencement


December 15

2:30 PM – Stegeman Coliseum

Graduate degree candidates and hooding professors will report to the women’s basketball practice gym on the second floor of the Coliseum Training Facility at 1:00 PM. Enter through the doors closest to the Carlton Street Parking Deck. In addition to viewing the ceremony in person, the graduate ceremony will be broadcast live on the Commencement website.

The Clear Plastic Bag Policy will be in effect for all candidates and their guests. Clear Plastic Bags may not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″

Speaker: This year’s commencement keynote speaker will be Lisa Nolan, dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her appointment at UGA, Dean Nolan was professor and Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focuses on bacterial diseases that impact animal health, human health and food safety. She is the author or co-author of nearly 130 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, as well as private foundations.

Parking: Free parking is available in the Carlton Street Deck (S15), the South Campus Deck (S11), and Foley Field Lot (S14). Maps to these decks can be found here.

Tickets: Tickets are not required for the Fall Commencement Ceremony.

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. 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. 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.

What to Wear: Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Candidates should wear their black 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.

All other commencement information can be found at commencement.uga.edu.



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