Commencement Information – Shorter University


Date: Friday, May 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Forum

2018 Shorter University graduates


  • Commencement will take place at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome, Georgia, on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 1:00pm.

Directions & Parking

  • Get directions to and information about on-site parking here.
  • There is a parking deck located next to the Forum, and it will open to the public at 11:00am. The first floor of the parking deck will be reserved for handicapped parking. Parking in any reserved parking spots within the parking deck is not allowed. Any violation of this is subject to tickets and/or fines by the City of Rome.
  • Graduates and their families may park on Main Campus and take the shuttle provided by Shorter to the Forum. Shuttles will begin running at 11:30am.   Shuttles from the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business in the Midtown Center Shopping Center will also be available starting at 11:30am with ample parking.  It is located just across from our main campus, and directions can be found here.
  • Doors will open for guests at noon.

Watch Live & MP3 of Commencement

  • Graduation can be watched live online at 1:00pm or replayed later at
  • Students may request a free copy of the graduation ceremony.  Email your request to to receive a free mp3.


  • Attendance at commencement is strongly encouraged. Graduates must register through the graduation application and the Graduation Confirmation form in Scholar to indicate their intent to participate in the commencement ceremony.  The Graduation Confirmation form opens January 24 and closes April 1.  If you have any questions about this form or the application, please contact the Registrar’s Office at or 706-233-7205.

Graduate Line-up

  • Graduates will line up 90 minutes prior to the start of commencement. Please arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. for check-in and lineup.

Personal Item Storage

  • There will be no storage area or security for personal items left in the check in location at the commencement site.

Cap & Gowns/Regalia

  • Candidates for graduation will receive an email to their Shorter University hawkmail account containing cap and gown ordering instructions in late January. If you are planning to attend the commencement ceremony and have not received that email by February 1, please email and a staff member will review your account promptly.
  • Orders must be made by the deadline in order to receive the 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. Click here to start your order: Shorter University Cap & Gown Ordering
  • Only approved Shorter Academic 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.


  • All guests must present a ticket for entry into the ceremony (this includes infants and children). Tickets are requested by graduates through the Graduation Confirmation form on Scholar.  Distribution details will be sent to each graduate via their Shorter University hawkmail.

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 as soon as possible.


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


  • Graduates will be presented a diploma cover with embossed University logo and seal when walking across the stage at the ceremony. If you received one already, we kindly ask that you return it at the end of the ceremony.  After the ceremony, diplomas will be distributed at the check-in location to May graduates. May graduates who do not attend commencement may pick-up their diplomas the week after the ceremony in the Registrar’s Office.  If not picked up at that time, diplomas for May graduates will be mailed.
  • August and December graduates receive their diplomas 3-4 weeks after their conferral date.  Conferral is usually one week after the last day of the semester.  An email regarding conferral and diplomas will be sent to graduates on or just after August and December conferral.  August and December graduates can pick their diplomas in the Registrar’s office by responding to the email sent from our office after conferral.  Those who do not respond requesting pick-up will be mailed their diplomas.
  • Diploma covers are also available for pick-up at the Registrar’s Office for graduates who are unable to attend commencement at no charge.  Any graduate who does not attend Commencement, has not received a diploma cover, and would like it mailed must sent a request to  There will be a $10 postage fee for domestic shipping.  International shipping is not available for diploma covers.

Photo Spots

  • Commencement is a memorable day and we know you’ll want to mark the day with photographs.  Looking for a great spot to capture the memories?  Find some of the most popular spots for meaningful and Instagram-worthy photos below:
    • Fountain in the front circle, in front of #22 on the campus map
    • Exit to Serve gate, near #17 at the entrance to the front circle on the campus map
    • Porter Garden, #25 on the campus map

Shorter University welcomes you as you celebrate your graduate.  We join you in honoring your graduate on this important day.  We hope you find the information helpful as you visit Rome and our beautiful campus for this special occasion.

Doors will open to guests at noon.  Directions, campus map, and parking details can be found in the Ceremony Information section at the top of this page.

Hotels & Lodging

Baymont Inn & Suites
2209 Shorter Ave
Rome, GA 30165

Country Inn & Suites
15 Hobson Way SE
Rome, GA 30161

Courtyard by Marriott
320 W 3rd Street
Rome, GA 30165

Days Inn
840 Turner McCall Boulevard
Rome, GA 30161

Econo Lodge
390 Dodd Boulevard
Rome, GA 30161
(706) 234-0014

Hampton Inn
875 West 1st St NW
Rome, GA 30161

Hawthorn Suites
100-110 West 2nd Ave
Rome, GA 30161
706-378-4837 or 800-527-1133

Holiday Inn Express 
35 Hobson Way SE
Rome, GA  30161

Quality Inn
40 Grace Drive
Rome, GA 30161
706-291-7797 or 877-424-6423

Red Roof Inn & Suites Rome
217 Hwy 411 SE
Rome, GA 30161

For more information on Accommodations in Rome, visit or click here.

Dining and Things to Do

Rome has much to offer visitors.  From locally owned restaurants to outdoor adventures, from your favorite chain eateries to history lessons, we know you will find something to enjoy while in Rome and Floyd County.

Dining options

Things to Do

Congratulations, Graduates!