How to Apply:
- Students are required to consult with their advisor at least once a semester to confirm that they are on the path to satisfying your graduation requirements.
- Students who are planning to graduate are required to complete the Graduation Application form with the assistance of their advisor. All graduation forms are listed on this page.
- Completed Graduation applications must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline. The application deadline is usually 4-6 weeks prior to the end of a student’s planned graduating semester. Actual deadline dates are posted on the College’s Academic Calendar.
- A student may receive their diploma after the end of any semester in which all degree requirements are fulfilled. The diploma award date will be posted with the current or near future semester graduation date.**
- Students who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony must purchase their cap and gown before the ordering deadline.
- Cap and gown orders are completed through the Herff Jones website and can be picked up in the campus bookstore during designated pick-up dates. Contact the College Bookstore at 478-289-2098.
- For additional questions on graduation please contact the registrar’s office at 478-289-2014 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exit Counseling for Graduates using Financial Aid
- All students using for Financial aid must complete the required exit counseling session with a Financial Aid counselor. For more information click here.
- Exit counseling sessions are required of all borrowers of federal and University-administered student loan programs.
- Exit counseling provides you with information regarding the rights and responsibilities of a borrower and a lender/servicer. You learn about repayment, deferment, and cancellation of your loan.
Session will prepare you to be responsible and effective in repayment of your educational loans. You are required to complete Exit Counseling when:
- You are within your graduating semester
- Leave the College (even if it is just temporary)
- Your registration falls below half-time enrollment (Less than six credit hours)
- Online Graduation Application
- Associate of Arts with Disciplinary Distinction
- Associate of Arts Core Curriculum (For use with General Studies or a Transfer Pathway ONLY)
- Associate of Science with Disciplinary Distinction
- Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA)
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- RN to BSN -- see Program Director
- Associate of Arts, Core Curriculum (Transfer Pathway)
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Science
Reverse transfer is a process that allows a student who completed courses at EGSC and transferred to another USG senior institution to combine college credits from both institutions and apply them toward an associate degree from EGSC.
How to apply for Reverse Transfer:
- Request all official transcripts from other institutions you have attended to be sent to East Georgia State College.
- Complete & submit the Online Reverse Transfer Graduation Application or the Reverse Transfer Graduation Application (PDF).
- Degrees are awarded at the end of each semester. Diplomas are mailed 3-4 weeks after the end-of-term grade processing is complete for each semester.
- Students must meet the residency requirement at EGSC by completing at least 17 EGSC credit hours.
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.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree must have taken a minimum of 17 semester hours in residency at EGSC and those seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA), or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) must have taken a minimum of 30 semester hours in residency 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: Is there a fee?
A: At this time EGSC does not charge a graduation fee. Students are responsible for the purchase of their cap and gown via the Herff Jones website.
Q: When and where is graduation held?
A: East Georgia State College conducts two commencement ceremonies during the academic year, the first is held In December at the end of the fall semester and the second one is held in May at the end of the spring semester. Students completing their program during the summer session should participate in the fall semester ceremony. Ceremonies are held in College’s Gymnasium.
Q: Will I graduate with honors?
A: Students with a final overall cumulative Grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.5 - 3.79 will graduate cum laude.
Students with a final overall cumulative GPA of 3.8 - 3.89 will graduate magna cum laude
Students with a final overall cumulative GPA of 3.9- 4.0 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: The Office of the Registrar will send an email once you have submitted a graduation application and it has been reviewed. Please keep in mind the Registrar's Office considers your EGSC CatMail an official means of communication; therefore, important graduation-related information is sent through email. Graduation candidates will receive all graduation related notifications from the email@example.com email address.
Q: What do I do if I need special accommodations?
A: Students who need any type of special accommodations for graduation, please contact Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (478) 289-2014 at least 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 participating in the ceremony will receive a diploma cover with insert during the ceremony. All graduates will receive their diploma 3-4 weeks following the end-of-term grade processing.