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Graduation Banner 2020

What do I need to bring on Graduation Day?

  • Business Attire
  • Your Cap and Gown
  • Your Photo ID

Appropriate Dress

Graduates must wear cap and gown. To make sure you have the right regalia, please order from here. All graduates should wear the tassel on the right side until your degree is awarded.

Only stoles and cords from recognized GSW student organizations and honor societies may be worn. (See list of approved organizations and societies.) Contact your organization's adviser for information on receiving your cord or stole.

  • Women should wear dresses, skirts, or dark pants and shoes should be dark.
  • Men are to wear dress shirts, ties, dark slacks, dark socks, and dark shoes.
  • Please do not wear anything high on the neck underneath the cap and gown.

Guest Registration

Graduates are allowed to bring four guests to their ceremony, and each attendee must be registered by their graduate. This is to ensure we can safely accommodate everyone inside the Storm Dome to align with our social distancing policies. Each ceremony will be live-streamed on GSW’s YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend in person.

  • Graduates must register for their four free guest tickets themselves using the Eventbrite links provided by email.
    • Do not register twice. Registration will be monitored to ensure the four-guest limit is maintained. Registering for more than four guests will result in tickets being cancelled.
  • The graduate must enter the names, emails, and phone numbers of each attendee.
    • If you do not have a phone number or email for each attendee (ex: younger sibling, great-grandmother, etc.), just enter yours.
  • Once registered, the graduate and their attendees will receive a confirmation email to 'claim the tickets'.
    • Your attendees will be prompted to set up an Eventbrite account, if they do not have one already, in order to claim their tickets.
    • If you chose to use your email, please claim the tickets and share them with your guests.

Graduation Day

  • Graduates should arrive one hour prior to their ceremony, and begin lining up outside the Storm Dome on the ground floor by the fountain.
  • Guests may begin arriving one hour prior to the ceremony and will check in at the main Storm Dome entrance.
    • There will be three lines outside of the Storm Dome entrance for guests to check in who should follow social distancing protocol while in line.
    • Ushers will be able to scan printed tickets or tickets on mobile devices. Please note if tickets are forgotten, ushers can look up and check in guests based on their name or their graduate's name, but this will slow down the check-in process.
    • Each guest must have their own individual ticket. Tickets can only be scanned once, and the Eventbrite app will alert the ushers if that ticket has already been scanned.
    • Guests will be given a wristband to show they have been admitted to the ceremony and will allow for re-entry into the building if needed.
  • Masks must be worn inside the Storm Dome at all times.
    • Free masks will be provided if guests forget to bring one.
    • A custom GSW graduation mask will be provided to all graduates attending the in-person ceremony when they are lining up.
  • Doors to the inside of the Convocation Hall will close 5 minutes before the ceremony and no entry will be allowed at that point.
  • Graduation will also be live streamed in SSC Room 2410 for latecomers and guests with restless children.
  • Graduates will be seated on the floor as usual with seats a minimum of 6 feet apart. Guests will be seated in the stands in groups of four with at least 6 feet in between each group with unused chairs taped off.
  • After the ceremony, we ask guests to please exit the building as quickly as possible to allow for proper cleaning and sanitizing before the next ceremony.
  • Graduates may join their family and friends outside for multiple photo opportunities.

Recognition for Honors

Only undergraduates who have earned 30 credit hours of the baccalaureate degree at GSW are eligible for Honors recognition. However, all coursework taken at all accredited colleges and universities is counted in figuring your Honors GPA, even if the credits did not transfer.

  • Graduation cum laude requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Graduation magna cum laude requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7.
  • Graduation summa cum laude requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.9.

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