May Commencement

194th Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9 a.m.

Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony and Commencement
Friday, May 10, 2018, 5 p.m. 


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

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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

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 194th Commencement Program (available soon).

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Regalia Video

Learn how to wear your regalia.

Rehearsal Information

The mandatory rehearsal is Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8 a.m. 

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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 #SavState19. Savannah State may share these images on their social media outlets. 

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Overflow locations

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. 

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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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