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Graduation Banner 2020

Georgia Southwestern State University welcomes the friends and families of our 2020 graduates to

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Saturday, December 12, 2020 in the Storm Dome

Georgia Southwestern is having four, smaller in-person ceremonies inside the Storm Dome to allow for proper social distancing of both the graduates and their family and friends. Graduates are allowed to bring four guests to their ceremony who must be registered by their graduate in Eventbrite. Each ceremony will be live-streamed on GSW’s YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend in person. We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we navigate graduation differently this year.

What should I expect on Graduation Day?

  • Guests may begin arriving one hour prior to the ceremony and will check in at the main Storm Dome entrance.
  • We recommend guests arrive early to allow time for parking, walking to the Storm Dome, scanning tickets, and finding seats so plan accordingly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

While we welcome well-deserved applause, loud cheers and noisemakers are not appropriate. These disruptions often drown out the names of other graduates walking across the stage and prolong the ceremony. Every GSW graduate deserves to hear his or her name read as that prized degree is awarded. Please know that loud cheers and noisemakers are not allowed and anyone disrupting the ceremony may be asked to leave. We promise, after every student has crossed the stage, we will all cheer!

Where should I park?

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