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Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony canceled

Following guidance from the Governor’s Office, Georgia Department Public Health and CDC, all public events and large gatherings need to be canceled (or rescheduled). The University System of Georgia has directed all 26 institutions to cancel Spring commencement ceremonies and consider alternatives. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented challenges surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are taking all possible steps to keep our GSW community healthy.

USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley states, "We don't make this decision lightly, nor do we want to diminish all our students have achieved. Our institutions are working on creative, alternative ways to celebrate their students' accomplishments, and I am grateful for the commitment and dedication our students have shown in the face of extraordinary times. They have worked hard and rightfully expect to celebrate and mark their graduation." 

“One of the most joyous moments for me as a President is watching our graduates walk across the stage,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, “and I hope to still be able to do that in the near future as we are beginning discussions on alternative ceremony options so that we can still celebrate the hard work and educational accomplishments of the GSW Class of 2020.”

Students set to graduate this Spring will still receive their degrees upon meeting academic standards. Graduating seniors will receive an email from Academic Affairs regarding diplomas and Herff Jones refunds.