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 memoriabilia 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 front of 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 accessibilty 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/VP) or 229-219-1348 (TTY).

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.