192nd Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9 a.m.
The undergraduate commencement speaker is Marion Orr, Ph.D., '84.
Marion Orr, Ph.D., ‘84 is the Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Orr’s research is in the American urban politics, race and ethnic politics, and African-American politics. He is the author and editor of seven books, and numerous scholarly articles, essays and reviews.
Orr has held a number of fellowships, including an appointment as research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a presidential fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley, and a fellowship from the Ford Foundation.
Orr earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Savannah State, a master’s degree in political science from Clark-Atlanta University, and a doctorate in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony and Commencement
Friday, May 4, 2018, 6 p.m.
The graduate hooding ceremony and commencement speaker is Van Johnson '90.
Van Johnson ’90 serves as the alderman for District 1 on the Savannah City Council. He has been involved in the Chatham County Youth Commission for more than 20 years, a local organization that helps young people become future civic leaders. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Savannah State, then his master’s degree in public administration from both Savannah State and Georgia Southern universities.
- Academic Attire
- Commencement Ceremony
- Disability Access
- Distribution of Diplomas
- Parking and Campus Access Information
- Permission to Participate
- Printed Program
- Regalia Video
- Rehearsal Information
- Seating Information
- Social Media
- Ticket Information
- Travel (Hotel & Restaurant Information)
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
In order to ensure all guests are safe and comfortable, please alert a graduation usher if a guest has a mobility impairment of any kind.
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:
EMTs and an ambulance will be present, if needed, at the guest's expense.
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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.Back to Top
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)
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Download the 192nd Commencement Program (available soon).Back to Top
Learn how to wear your regalia.
The mandatory rehearsal is Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9 a.m., Tiger Arena.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Graduates and guests are encouraged to share their stories using #SavState18. Savannah State may share these images on their social media outlets.Back to Top
Each undergraduate student set to graduate on May 5, 2018, will receive six (6) guest tickets to the commencement ceremony on May 5, 2018. Instructions regarding pick-up of ticket package and distribution of potential extra tickets is included in a letter sent to all undergraduate candidates.
In the event that the venue reaches capacity, ticketed guests will be able to watch the ceremony via live webstream in The Student Union ballroom, the Torian Auditorium in the Howard Jordan building and the Chan Auditorium in Whiting Hall.Back to Top
Hotels/motels, restaurants and travel directionsBack to Top
Family and friends unable to attend the ceremony may watch the live stream.Back to Top