Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How and when do I apply for graduation?
A: Apply for graduation by requesting an application from the registrar and it should be turned in two full semesters before your proposed graduation date. For more information, click here.
Q: Where do I go to buy a cap and gown?
A: Purchase cap/gown, invitations, and graduation memorabilia at the VSU Bookstore or on-line at www.thevsubookstore.com.
Q: What ceremony do I attend?
A: A list of all candidates for graduation, along with the ceremony they are to attend is provided on the Commencement Webpage under Candidates List. Your college will hold a special commencement ceremony during the afternoon, and your diploma will be conferred at the evening commencement ceremony.
Q: What time do I get there?
A: For college convocations, arrive no later than one hour prior to your ceremony time. For the main commencement, please arrive at the University Center no later than 6:30pm.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Dark pants, skirts, shoes, and tie are preferred. Flip flops and tennis shoes are not appropriate graduation attire. Because of the nature of artificial turf, please do not wear high heels to the evening commencement ceremony. The turf will survive, but we really don't want you to fall down during the ceremony.
Q: Are there reserved seats?
A: No, but there is an accessibility seating section, as well as limited seating on the field for those who may have trouble climbing stairs. Seating is first-come, first serve.
Q: What if I need accessible seating or parking for a person with a disability?
A: For accessible entrance and parking, follow appropriate signage. University Police will be available to provide direction as needed. Staff will be at the entrances to assist with accessible seating needs. Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve seating. It is recommended that guests arrive early, as seating is limited. Please contact the Access Office for Students with Disabilities if you have any accessibility questions or concerns at 229-245-2498(V) or 229-375-5871 (VP).
Q: Do I have to purchase graduation tickets for my family and friends?
A: No tickets are required for graduation.
Q: How many people can I bring to graduation?
A: There is not a limit on the number of guests you bring, but we ask that you be considerate of the other graduates and their guests. Limited seating is available.
Q: Where is my child going to be seated?
A: We, unfortunately, have no way of knowing where your child will be sitting. Graduates are not in any kind of alphabetical order, but can be seen from all sides of the area. To avoid confusion, we suggest you decide on a meeting place for you and your graduate after the ceremony. Or a special hand wave that only you will know.
Q: Will every student walk across the stage?
A: Yes, every student will walk across the stage and be recognized at all of our ceremonies.
Q: How long will the ceremony last?
A: The convocation ceremonies will vary from approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. The main commencement ceremony will last between 2 and 2.5 hours.
Q: It may be warm outside during the day. Will there be water and fans available?
A: Participants in the ceremony (graduates, faculty, and staff volunteers) will be provided bottled water and fans during the ceremonies. Guests are encouraged to bring water and non-alcoholic drinks as needed to remain comfortable. During the 8pm ceremony, concession stands will be open at the stadium to provide guests with water and refreshments. Water fountains are also available throughout the facility.
Q: Is food and drink allowed in the ceremony?
A: Yes, food and drink are allowed at the outdoor ceremonies. During the 8pm ceremony, concession stands will be open at the stadium to provide guests with water and refreshments. Water fountains are also available throughout the facility.
Q: Can we take pictures of our graduate?
A: You may take pictures from your seat; however you are not allowed to come on the field at any time to take pictures during the ceremony. You are also permitted to videotape the ceremony from your seat.
Q: Can we take pictures by the stage of our graduate?
A: Not during the ceremony, but you can take pictures of your graduate by the stage AFTER the ceremony.
Q: Will there be a reception to meet faculty and family after the ceremonies?
A: After each college convocation, we invite you to a reception with refreshments immediately following the ceremony at the location (Pound Hall, Front Lawn, or Fine Arts). There will not be a reception following the 8pm commencement ceremony.
Q: Are we required to attend the reception?
A: No, you are not required to attend, but it is a great opportunity to mingle with your peers and faculty!
Q: Where are the restrooms?
A: There are restrooms located under the stands on the home side of the stadium.
Q: Is there security at the ceremony?
A: Yes, University Police officers are located at each corner of the arena and Security Personnel are located on the floor along the bleacher stairs.
Q: Is there ambulance service at the ceremonies?
A: Yes, an ambulance service with emergency personnel will be located at all ceremonies.
Q: For the guests who could not be here, is there a way for them to view the ceremony?
A: Friends and family members who could not attend are encouraged to view the ceremonies online via our live webcast the day of the ceremony. We will also actively post to social media using #VStateGrad, including behinds the scenes live video via Periscope and Snapchat (@ValdostaState).