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 /

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 .

Q: What time do I get there?
A: Arrive no later than one hour prior to your graduation time.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Dark pants, skirts, shoes, and tie are preferred. Flip flops and tennis shoes are not appropriate graduation attire.

Q: Are there reserved seats?
A: No, but there is an accessibility seating section with limited seating on the floor for those who may have trouble climbing stairs.

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 guest 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, I suggest you decide on a meeting place for you and your graduate after the ceremony.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?

A: The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Q:  Can we take pictures by the stage of our graduate?

A: Not during the ceremony…you can take pictures of your graduate by the stage AFTER the ceremony.

Q:  Where is the Reception?

A: The Reception is under the Portico outside next to the tennis courts.

Q:  For the guests who could not be here today, 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

Q:  Is there reserved seating?

A: No. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Q:  Where are the restrooms?

A: There are restrooms located off the main lobby on the West and East side of the complex.  New restrooms are located upstairs on the Mezzanine in the South East corner of the PE Complex.

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 floor at any time to take pictures during the ceremony.  You are also permitted to videotape the ceremony from your seat.

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:  Is food and drink allowed in the ceremony?

A: No, food and drink are not allowed within the arena.  There is no concession area, only water fountains located off the main lobby.

Q:  Will every student walk across the stage?

A: Yes, every student will walk across the stage and be recognized.

Q:  Will the President be available to take pictures with my graduate after the ceremony?

A: Yes, but not until after the ceremony.

Q:  Is there a limit to how many guests a graduate can have attend the ceremony?

A: No, there is no limit to how many guests a graduate can have, but we do ask that you keep in mind the other graduates.

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 PE Complex?

A: Yes, an ambulance service with emergency personnel will be located in the South West Corner of the Arena.

Q:  Is there a place I can purchase flowers for my graduate?

A: Yes, the Golden Key Club sells flowers outside Main Entrance of the PE Complex before and after the ceremony.