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Graduation

NOTE: The Cat Mail (e-mail) Account is the college’s official method of communicating with students; therefore, students are expected to read it regularly for changes and updates to graduation information.

Are you a Potential Graduate?

  1. Students must consult with their advisor at least once a semester to confirm that they are on the path to satisfying their graduation requirements
  2. Complete a graduation application by the deadline specified on the Academic Calendar. The deadline is always one semester prior to the term a student plans to earn their degree (e.g. if a student plans to graduate spring semester, he/she must apply by the deadline set during the prior fall term). 
  3. Students must pay their $35 graduation fee at the EGSC Business Office located in the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Activities Center (Swainsboro). Students attending in Statesboro, may submit payment to our office there and the staff will forward it to the Business Office for processing.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

A: Students must meet with their academic advisor to have all coursework/graduation requirements verified. We highly recommend that students do this when approaching 30 semester hours. Students seeking an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree must have taken a minimum of 25 semester hours in-resident at EGSC and those seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology must have taken a minimum of 30 semester hours at EGSC. Prior to the deadline to submit the Graduation Application, students will meet with their academic advisor to complete their application form, which the student must promptly submit to the Office of the Registrar for final approval.

Q: How do I apply for Graduation?

A: Students must complete a graduation application with the assistance of their advisor and return it to the Office of the Registrar Office prior to the deadline for the semester they intend to graduate. Students will not be evaluated for graduation until the completed application is received in the Office of the Registrar. Applications submitted to the Office of the Registrar AFTER the deadline could delay transcripts or diplomas being mailed and/or could possibly forfeit privileges of participating in the fall or spring commencement ceremony, whichever comes first.

Q: Is there a fee?

A: Yes. A mandatory graduation fee of $35 is due prior the deadlines for the semester in which the student expects to graduate. The fee covers all costs associated with the processing of a student’s graduation application.

Q: When and where is graduation held?

A: We have two ceremonies. During the academic year, the first is held at the end of the fall semester and the second one is held at the end of the spring semester.  We strongly encourage students graduating during the summer semester to participate in the fall semester ceremony. Ceremonies are held in College’s gymnasium

Q: How do I graduate with honors?

A: Any student who has an overall cumulative average of no less than 3.5 will graduate cum laude. A student with a final cumulative average of 3.8 will graduate magna cum laude and a student with a 3.9 or higher cumulative average will graduate summa cum laude. Honors designation is reflected on the students’ diplomas and academic transcripts.

Q: How soon will I receive details concerning graduation?

A: Approximately two weeks prior to graduation, students will receive general instructions in their Cat Mail Account from the Office of the Registrar requesting information from them and also providing information to them. We will notify students about ordering caps and gowns, the time of the rehearsal, the date and time of the ceremony and much more. The Office of the Registrar will email graduate candidates regularly to keep them current about this important information.

Q: What do I do if I need special accommodations?

A: Students who need any type of special accommodations for graduation, please contact Jill Kirkland at (478) 289-2148 four weeks in advance.

Q: What is the proper attire?

A: Traditionally a group photo is taken of the graduating class and hung prominently in a corridor of the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Activities Center; therefore we would like uniformity in student dress attire for the graduation ceremony. Ladies are asked to wear dark-colored sensible shoes and the men wear dark pants and shoes

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: Students attending the graduation ceremony are awarded their diploma during the ceremony.  Those not attending will be mailed their diplomas at the end of each semester. Students should allow 3-4 weeks after the end of the semester for the delivery of their diploma.

NOTE: Students with additional questions concerning graduation, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (478) 289-2014 or (478) 289-2148.