Date: May 4, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Forum River Center
(301 Tribune St, Rome, GA 30161)
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 email@example.com.
Commencement refers to the ceremony where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the university, president, deans, program directors, faculty, and staff to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree. Shorter University holds one ceremony in May, to celebrate the graduates for the summer, fall, and spring. There is no registration fee to attend commencement; however, graduates will need to secure academic regalia, and any charges affiliated with traveling to the ceremony location.
Graduation, on the other hand, is the process of submitting a graduation application, completing all academic requirements for the degree, and settling all financial obligations, among a few other audits/assessments. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation. Conferral date is defined as the date on which your degree is officially awarded. There are three official conferral (degree posting) dates per year as published on the academic calendar. There is a one-time, nonrefundable graduation fee per degree. The fee covers administrative costs associated with completing the graduation review and diploma preparations. Also note, that you will receive your diploma whether you attend May commencement or not.
Candidates for graduation will receive an email sent to their hawkmail account containing cap and gown ordering instructions. If you are planning to attend the upcoming spring commencement ceremony and have not received that email then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will review your account promptly.
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. 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.
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.
Only approved Shorter Academic stoles/cords may be worn over a graduation gown. 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 email@example.com and someone 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.