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What do I need to bring on Graduation Day?

  • Business attire
  • Your cap and gown

Appropriate Dress

Graduates must wear a 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 dark shoes.
  • Men are to wear dress shirts, ties, dark slacks, dark socks, and dark shoes.
  • Please do not wear anything high on the neck underneath and gown.


There will be no guest restrictions in place for the Spring 2021 ceremonies, meaning guests may attend without needing to register for a ticket. Face coverings are required inside all GSW buildings.

For those not able to attend in person, each ceremony will be live-streamed on GSW’s YouTube channel.

Graduation Day

  • Graduates should arrive one hour prior to their ceremony and begin lining up outside the Storm Dome in Centennial Plaza (outside the ground floor by the fountain).
    • In the event of rain, graduate line-up will be relocated to the Intramural Gym.
  • Guests may begin arriving one hour prior to the ceremony and will check in at the main Storm Dome entrance.
  • 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 on the floor socially distanced.
  • 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 45 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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