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Commencement Information

Commencement

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10 a.m.
*Graduates report at 8:30 a.m.

For questions regarding commencement, please contact the Registrar’s office at 706-233-7205 or registrar@nullshorter.edu.

LocationSmiling graduates
Directions
Attendance
Parking Information
Ticket Information
Commencement vs. Graduation
Cap and Gowns/Regalia
Personal Item Storage
Graduate Lineup
Diplomas
Invitations/Announcements
Shorter Merchandise
Financial Obligations
Watch Graduation Live!

Location

THE FORUM
2 Government Plaza
Rome, GA  30162

*Tickets will be required for admittance to this ceremony.  ALL commencement guests must present a ticket for entry into the ceremony (this includes infants and children).  Once the number of tickets allotted per graduate is determined, the information will be released to them via their Shorter email.  

** Shuttles will be running for 2 hours at the conclusion of the ceremony for those needing transportation back to the Shorter campus.

DIRECTIONS TO THE FORUM

ATLANTA/CARTERSVILLE

  1. I-75 North to exit 290—Canton/Rome.
  2. Left off the exit and follow Highway 411 South/20 West
  3. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto ramp
  4. Merge onto US-41N/
  5. In Rome—Highway 411 South/20 West/Turner McCall Blvd. (K-Mart—Home Depot—CVS Pharmacy on your right)
  6. 5th traffic light, (Checkers on your right—Verizon on left) turn left onto Broad Street.
  7. Broad Street—6th  traffic light turn right onto West 3rd Avenue
  8. Turn right onto Tribune Street and you will see The Forum
  9. Follow signage to available parking.

ATLANTA AIRPORT/ROCKMART

  1. Camp Creek Parkway/US 278 exits from the Airport
  2. Rockmart. Turn right onto US 101 North—US 101 into Rome
  3. In Rome—Highway 411 South/20 West/Turner McCall Blvd. (K-Mart—Home Depot—CVS Pharmacy on your right)
  4. 5th traffic light, (Checkers on your right—Verizon on left) turn left onto Broad Street.
  5. Broad Street—6th  traffic light turn right onto West 3rd Avenue
  6. Turn right onto Tribune Street and you will see The Forum
  7. Follow signage to available parking.

CARROLLTON/BREMEN/CEDARTOWN

  1. Highway 27 North into Rome.
  2. In Rome—Highway 411 South/20 West/Turner McCall Blvd. (K-Mart—Home Depot—CVS Pharmacy on your right)
  3. 5th traffic light, (Checkers on your right—Verizon on left) turn left onto Broad Street.
  4. Broad Street—6th  traffic light turn right onto West 3rd Avenue
  5. Turn right onto Tribune Street and you will see The Forum
  6. Follow signage to available parking.

CALHOUN/DALTON/CHATTANOOGA

  1. I-75 South to the Exit 312 (Rome/Fairmont)
  2. End of the exit turn right
  3. You will be on Highway SW/ GA-53 W.
  4. Continue to follow GA-53 W.
  5. Turn RIGHT onto GA-1 LOOP N/GA-53 SPUR W.
  6. Turn LEFT onto RIVERSIDE PKWY NE.
  7. Turn Right on Broad Street
  8. Turn Right on West 3rd Avenue
  9. Turn right onto Tribune Street and you will see The Forum
  10. Follow signage to available parking.

SUMMERVILLE/CHATTOOGA COUNTY

  1. SOUTH on US-27/ GA-1 S.
  2. Turn LEFT onto GA-1 LOOP S/ GA-53 SPUR E/ VETERANS MEMORIAL HWY NE.
  3. Continue to follow GA-1 LOOP S/ GA-53 SPUR E.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto RIVERSIDE PKWY NE.
  5. Turn Right on Broad Street
  6. Turn Right on West 3rd Avenue
  7. Turn right onto Tribune Street and you will see The Forum
  8. Follow signage to available parking.

Attendance

Attendance at commencement is strongly encouraged!  The commencement ceremony is where your degree is conferred and where you receive your diploma. If you are unable to attend, please notify the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible at registrar@nullshorter.edu. Diplomas will be mailed after the ceremony to those that are unable to attend to the home address on record at the time. 

Parking

There is very limited parking at The Forum. Shuttles will be available to ride from the main campus to the Forum and back. Please encourage guests to car pool, park at the main campus site, and ride the shuttles. Handicapped parking is available at The Forum.

* Remember to allow ample travel time to get to The Forum. Other events will be taking place in downtown Rome, so expect crowded and/or blocked roadways.

Tickets

ALL commencement guests must present a ticket for entry into the ceremony (this includes infants and children). Each graduate participating in the commencement ceremony is allotted guest tickets (the number of tickets, once determined, will be released to graduates via email). *There is a Ticket Exchange message board for students to use, the link to that message board can be accessed on the student page through your SCHOLAR account. Ticket distribution details will be sent to graduates via their Shorter email address.  Tickets will not be distributed to those graduates with an account balance.

Commencement vs. Graduation

There are important differences between commencement and graduation and we want you to be comfortable with these common university terms.

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.

Caps and Gowns

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 registrar@nullshorter.edu 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 registrar@nullshorter.edu 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.

Personal Items

Items such as purses or cell phones should be left with family members or locked in a vehicle trunk (at your own risk) as there will be no storage or security for such items at the commencement site.  

Lineup

Graduates will line up 90 minutes prior to the start of commencement – Please be at The Forum no later than 8:30 a.m. for check-in and lineup.

Diplomas

You will only receive a diploma cover when you walk across the stage – diplomas will be handed out after the ceremony in specified locations. Diplomas will be mailed after the ceremony to those that are unable to attend to the home address on record at the time. 

Invitations/Announcements

Graduation invitations/announcements can be ordered through Jostens at www.jostens.com or 1-800-225-3687.

Shorter University Merchandise

A sales area will be set up at The Forum for Shorter merchandise. Shorter’s campus bookstore will also be open on Thursday, December 15th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for graduates and family members to purchase merchandise and memorabilia.

Financial Obligations

All outstanding balances, graduation fees, library fees, fines, etc., must be paid in full in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Watch Graduation Live Online

Graduation can be watched live online at 10 am or replayed later on www.shorter.edu/SUTV website. A hi-definition MP4 video download of the December 2016 graduation can be provided upon email request to Jim@nullMasterStreamTV.com.

Congratulations, Graduates!!

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