Commencement Information


Date: May 2, 2019 (tentative)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Graduates will line up 90 minutes prior to the start of commencement. Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. for check-in and lineup.
If you have questions regarding commencement, please contact the Registrar’s office at 706-233-7205 or
Attendance at commencement is strongly encouraged. If you are unable to attend, please notify the Registrar’s Office at or 706-233-7205.
Cap and Gowns/Regalia

Candidates for graduation will receive an email to their Shorter University hawkmail account containing cap and gown ordering instructions. If you are planning to attend the commencement ceremony and have not received that email, then please email and a staff member will review your account promptly. Orders must be made by the deadline in order to receive your cap and gown in time to walk on graduation day. After the deadline, a cap and gown is not guaranteed and graduates may be responsible for paying rush shipping/production fees. Each graduate must wear his or her own cap and gown to commencement. Caps and gowns for all graduates are ordered and paid for online individually by each graduate. Please note that cap and gown fees paid to the vendor are separate from the graduation application fee paid to Shorter. Only approved Shorter Academic stoles/cords may be worn over a graduation gown. A blue and white honor cord will be provided at commencement during check-in to undergraduate students earning Latin Honors. The criteria used for determining Latin Honors is located in the academic catalog academic policies & procedures / degrees with honors section. All other cords and stoles must on the approved list held by the Registrar’s Office. To determine whether or not other cords or stoles are on the approved list, please email a picture of it along with a description to and a staff member will promptly reply to your question.
IMPORTANT: Commencement is an academic ceremony meriting dignity in dress and behavior. Attire under the cap and gown should be dark slacks and shoes for men and dark clothing and shoes for ladies. No graduate is allowed to place anything on his/her cap, gown, or hood. Graduates who arrive with decorated or embellished caps or hoods will have their hood/cap confiscated. They may process in and sit with the other graduates, but will not be permitted to walk across the stage. A security officer will be present to escort those from the line who are non-compliant.

Graduates will be presented with a diploma cover when walking across the stage. After the ceremony, diplomas will be distributed at the check-in location to attendees who have not already received a diploma. Diplomas will also be mailed to graduates who are unable to attend.
Directions & Parking

Location: To Be Announced

Financial Obligations
All financial obligations to the University must be cleared before the commencement ceremony in order to receive guest tickets, participate in the ceremony, and receive a diploma. This includes library fines and all other fines and fees collected by the Business Office. If you owe a balance, please call the Business Office at 706-233-7222 to resolve any outstanding holds or balances quickly.
Graduate Lineup
Graduates will line up 90 minutes prior to the start of commencement. Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. for check-in and lineup.
Graduation invitations/announcements can be ordered through Jostens at or 1-800-225-3687.
Personal Item Storage
There will be no storage area or security for personal items left in the check in location at the commencement site.
Ticket Information
All guests must present a ticket for entry into the ceremony (this includes infants and children). Ticket allotment and distribution details will be sent to each graduate via their Shorter University hawkmail account. If additional tickets are needed, please see the Graduation Ticket Forum on SCHOLAR at
Watch Graduation Live!
Graduation can be watched live online at 10:00 a.m. or replayed later on the website.

Congratulations, Graduates!!


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