193rd Undergraduate Commencement

Congratulations to all the graduates! View photos posted on social media here

Saturday, December 8, 8:30 a.m.
Tiger Arena

 Lisa Goldwire Colbert '91

Colbert graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from SSU and a juris doctorate from University of Georgia School of Law. Colbert has been a Chatham County Juvenile Court Judge since 2012. She worked as an associate for Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta; senior staff attorney for the Office of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee; staff attorney for Chatham County Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot; and assistant county attorney for Chatham County. Colbert also served in the Georgia Air National Guard for six years. She has worked on several boards and foundations, and currently serves on the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Graduate Commencement
Friday, December 7, 5 p.m.
Tiger Arena

Will Metts '85

Metts is director of strategy and program integration of the cyber and intelligence mission solutions division for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from SSU and master’s degrees in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence and in national security studies and strategic planning from the Naval Post Graduate School and the Naval War College, respectively. He retired after 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral.


Academic Attire

Caps and gowns are required ceremony attire for all graduates. Cap and gown orders will be available for pick up at the campus bookstore located in King-Frazier Student Center. Please contact the bookstore for pick up date confirmation.

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Commencement Ceremony


The procession begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony usually lasts about 2-3 hours, depending on the number of graduates.

A university marshal will direct graduates to the appropriate seating location. Remain standing until all processional groups - graduation candidates, faculty and the platform party - are in place and please remain standing for the national anthem.

Presentation of Candidates

The dean of each college or school will present the candidates for the various degrees to the president. The president will deliver the conferral remarks. The candidates for the various degrees will then be asked to approach the stage for presentation.

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Disability Access

handicap signIn order to ensure all guests are safe and comfortable, please alert a graduation usher if a guest has a mobility impairment of any kind.

Come Early

This is to secure disability parking, avoid being jostled by the crowds and be seated before the procession begins. We strongly recommend arriving no later than 7:30 a.m. Arena doors will open at 7:30 a.m.

Disability Entrance & Seating

There is limited wheelchair seating in the stands and it is on a first come, first served basis. Guests may use the elevator, which is located near the east entrance of the arena, to access the upper-level seats.

Disability seating is available on the floor level behind the faculty and graduates for guests who are unable to negotiate the stairs or the stands. Please inform ushers if you need to sit in disability seating at the floor level.

Due to limited space, we respectfully request that only one companion sit with the guest who has a mobility impairment in the disability seating area. Other family members should sit in the stands.

Chairs on the floor can accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. Guests in the disability section on the floor may want to remain seated and meet their graduates and/or the rest of their party in the disability seating area after the graduation ceremony to avoid crowded areas.

Hearing Impaired Guests

Optimal seating will be reserved in Tiger Arena for the hearing impaired and those with other disabilities.

Other Options for Viewing Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will stream live:

Emergency Care

EMTs and an ambulance will be present, if needed, at the guest's expense.


Contact Disability Services at 912-358-3616 or youngt@savannahstate.edu.

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Distribution of Diplomas

Diploma covers - not diplomas - will be distributed during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the application for graduation after final confirmation of degree program completion. Please allow 10-14 business days after the date of commencement for receipt of degree.

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Parking and Campus Access Information

There is no charge for campus parking on commencement day. All parking is first come, first served. Since parking will be limited, please allow plenty of time to find a space and walk to the arena. Arena doors will open at 7:30 a.m.


Public Safety - 912-358-3004
Parking Services - 912-358-3109 (Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00)

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Permission to Participate

Permission to participate is generally granted only to those students who have been confirmed by the Office of the Registrar to have completed all degree requirements. If you have any questions regarding eligibility to participate, please contact either your department chair or dean.

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Ceremony Photos

On the day of the ceremony, ViLi Photos will photograph all degree presentations. Within 10 days after the ceremony, the photos will be available for review/purchase at SSU.Photoreflect.com

Please do not make individual arrangements with other commercial photographers to be at the ceremony for photography purposes. Guests will not have access to the arena floor for photography or videotaping.

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Printed Program

Download the 193rd Commencement Program (available soon).

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Regalia Video

Learn how to wear your regalia.

Rehearsal Information

The mandatory rehearsal is Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., Tiger Arena. Students will line up in the Student Union, second floor. 

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Seating Information for Tiger Arena

Guest seating in Tiger Arena is on a first come, first served basis. Holding seats is not allowed or permitted. If Tiger Arena reaches maximum capacity, guests will be directed to satellite locations. The ceremony will be available by webcast at each location.

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Social Media

Graduates and guests are encouraged to share their stories using #SavState18. Savannah State may share these images on social media outlets or in a compilation post

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Travel Information

Hotels/motels, restaurants and travel directions

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Family and friends unable to attend the ceremony may watch the live stream.

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