December 9, 2019

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Celebrates 228th Commencement Dec. 13-14

VALDOSTA — More than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students will be recognized during Valdosta State University’s 228th commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

The Graduate School Commencement Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in the P.E. Complex. Graduates will line up at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the P.E. Complex.

Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony

The Air Force ROTC Detachment 172 will conduct a commissioning ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Student Union Ballroom.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, on the Front Lawn. Graduates will line up at 2 p.m. at Nevins Hall and the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center. Robert L. Shannon, national trial lawyer, United States Air Force veteran, and VSU Class of 1981 alumnus, will deliver the keynote address. President’s Award for Academic Excellence recipients, honor graduates, and commissioned Air Force ROTC cadets will be recognized, and every graduate in attendance will have his or her name called as they walk across the platform area in front of their fellow graduates, their faculty, and their family and friends. The celebration will end with a full fireworks display. Transportation will be provided from the university parking lots. Students will be able to bring as many family and friends as they desire. Accessible parking and seating will be available. Guests unable to attend may view the ceremony live at

Please visit for a complete who, what, where, when guide to VSU’s 228th commencement ceremonies, including directions on where to park.