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COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

LARGE CAMERA BAGS AND BACK PACKS MAY BE SEARCHED BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING - AIRHORNS ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING THE CEREMONY, VIOLATORS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISES.

Graduation ceremonies will be held in Rome on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. in the Floyd County Forum Facility in downtown Rome, #2 Government Plaza (turn west on 3rd Avenue off Broad Street). This site is centrally located in downtown Rome.

You will not be awarded a degree unless you successfully complete all requirements.  Once final degree audits have been completed diplomas will be available for pick-up at any of our campus locations.  We expect pick-up to begin June 9, 2014.  Please e-mail sbeideck@highlands.edu if you wish to pick-up your diploma at any campus other than Rome. Any diploma not picked up by July 1, 2014 will be mailed to the address on file with the College.  If you do not receive your diploma by late August, please notify us.  If you do not notify us within a year of the ceremony, you will have to pay a reprint fee to receive another diploma.  We STRONGLY encourage students to pick-up their diplomas as damage or loss may occur when mailed.

Honors status for the graduation ceremony will be determined by your GPA as of the last term of attendance prior to graduation.

Honors are calculated on all credit hours earned at Georgia Highlands College.

Because we send lists of candidates to the printer to publish the graduation program and to various media before the final graduation status is determined, it is important that you remember that the publication of your name in the paper or in the graduation program does not obligate the college to award your degree if requirements are not successfully completed. If your application for graduation is not submitted before the program is set up, your name will not be in the program.  We make every effort to ensure that name and statuses are listed accurately, but mistakes may happen.

Caps, gowns and announcements may be purchased in the Georgia Highlands College Bookstore. Please contact them for further information at 706-295-6359.

Prior to May 1:

  • Pay library fines, parking tickets, and other outstanding fees.
  • If you have had a student loan, check with the Financial Aid Office regarding your exit interview.

GRADUATION PROCEDURES

Report to the Rome/Floyd County Forum no later than 6:00 P.M. Thursday, May 15, 2014. Directions and Parking information for the Forum may be found at http://www.forumevents.org/Directions.htmDue to construction at The Forum and the closure of the Chief John Ross Pedestrian Bridge, GHC has leased the 3rd Avenue Parking Deck on the day of graduation.  There will be no cost to park at this deck.   In addition, please note, due to construction, there are limited handicap parking spaces in front of The Forum.  These parking spaces will be marked.  The 3rd Avenue Parking Deck has eight handicap parking spaces available. 

There is limited handicapped seating availalbe for guests who have special needs seating requirements.  We encourage anyone needing handicapped seating to arrive early.

Dress: Coat and tie not required, but please wear dark colors with your cap and gown. Also wear comfortable shoes (no tennis shoes, please, unless absolutely necessary).

Pick up your processional card from the registrar's table in the large meeting room on the left side of the Forum, opposite the entrance to the lower level of the Forum arena. Instructions will be given for line-up according to your degree program.

Graduates will be lined up in alphabetical order according to degree programs as follows:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

Graduates will process in following the faculty in alphabetical order, according to degree programs.

Presentation of Candidates for degrees: When it is time to confer the degrees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will say: "Will the candidates for the Associate of *......* degree please stand. Degree status will be conferred. Then the Vice President will say: "Will the candidates for the Associate of *......* degree please come forward to receive your diplomas." This will be done for each degree program. Please do not stand until your degree program is announced.

When arriving on the speaker's platform, please give your processional card to the reader at the first podium. Your name will be announced. Walk toward the President, shake hands with your right hand, and take your diploma in your left. Your may also shake hands with the guest speaker and the Vice President. When you leave the stage platform, switch your tassel from right to left side.

During the recessional, those on the stage platform leave first, then faculty, then graduates recess in the same order in which you entered.

Cameras: Taping of the Georgia Highlands College graduation ceremony for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the Office of the President of Georgia Highlands College.

Nursing graduation/pinning will be held the afternoon of Thursday May 15, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Please contact the Nursing Department for further details.

Page last updated: February 19, 2014