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 and invitations at http://www.jostens.com/college/caps-and-gowns.html. Any VSU memorabilia can be purchased at the VSU Bookstore or online at http://www.bkstr.com/valdostastore/home.
Q: What time do I get there?
A: Graduates will need to arrive an hour and a half early. Family and friends may arrive 1 hour prior to the ceremony.
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 grass, please do not wear high heels to the undergraduate commencement ceremony. The grass 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 lawn 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 directions 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 seated in alphabetical order. 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. Colleges will be seated on certain sides of the front lawn. Please refer to your Commencement Handbook for seating layouts.
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 Graduate School ceremony will last one to one and a half hours. The Undergraduate ceremony will last approximately two hours.
Q: It may be warm outside during the afternoon. Will there be water available?
A: Participants in the ceremony (graduates, faculty, and staff volunteers) will be provided bottled water during the ceremony. Guests are encouraged to bring water and non-alcoholic drinks as needed to remain comfortable. Water stations are also available throughout the Undergraduate ceremony.
Q: Can we take pictures of our graduate?
A: You may take pictures from your seat. 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 may take pictures of your graduate by the stage AFTER the ceremony.
Q: Is there security at the ceremony?
A: Yes, both University Police and Security Personnel will be located at each ceremony.
Q: Is there ambulance service at the ceremonies?
A: Yes, ambulance service with emergency personnel will be located at both 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).