Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is Spring Commencement not taking place on the Front Lawn like in years past? 
A: Commencement on the historic Front Lawn has quickly become a cherished VSU tradition. We too are very disappointed that Spring 2021 Commencement will not take place on the Front Lawn. The reason that we cannot host Commencement on the Front Lawn is that it does not provide the physical room necessary for social distancing, a requirement of Governor Kemp’s most recent Executive Order. Bazemore-Hyder Stadium is the best venue that allows VSU to host an in-person ceremony with graduates’ families in attendance while complying with the Governor’s Executive Order.

Q: How did you decide to have undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on both Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8?
A: We received lots of feedback from our Fall 2020 graduates about how much they loved the celebration at the end of each ceremony. We also learned that our Graduate Ceremony, which finished after dark, provided an even better view of the celebration. That's why we decided to have both of our undergraduate ceremonies in May 2021 in the evening. We think our graduates will love the celebration and the view. 

Q: How do I get recognized for Graduation if I am not participating in person?
A: You will be able to view the Live Ceremony, but you will not hear your name called. You can view your commemorative slide when the link becomes available day of. That is where you will hear your name recording, a personal message from you, and a photo! You can also request a Commencement program that will have your name in it. 

Q: How and when do I apply for graduation?
A: Spring graduates need to apply as soon as possible by clicking this link to the Registrar’s page.

Q: Why do I need to apply for graduation?
A: Applying for graduation is required in order to participate in the commencement ceremony and to receive your degree requirements have been met. The Registrar’s Office evaluates all credits completed to ensure that all requirements have been met for your degree program. 

Q: How much is the graduation application fee?
A: $25 

Q: What form of payment do you accept for the application fee?
A: Credit and debit card online or you can pay with cash or check in the Bursary. 

Q: Do you have to pay the application fee when you submit the application?
A: No, but it is highly recommended to avoid delays in receiving your degree. Your diploma will not be mailed until fee payment is made. 

Q: Where do I go to buy a cap and gown and what is the deadline for that?
A: You can order your cap and gown at the VSU Bookstore during normal business hours. There will also be an online option as well, and that information will be available as soon as possible. The deadline to order your cap and gown online is April 1. 

Q: Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?
A: No, you will receive your diploma cover. Your diploma will be mailed to you in a few weeks.

Q: Will my major be reflected on my diploma?
A: Yes, degree and major where applicable.

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/field, please do not wear high heels to the commencement ceremony. 

Q: Am I required to wear a mask?
A: Yes, all graduates, guests, and ceremony workers are required to wear a mask.

Q: Do I have need to have tickets for my family and friends? 
A: Yes, tickets are required to attend Spring 2021 Commencement. You can reserve as many as 5 tickets. After you apply for graduation, you will receive an email about how to reserve those tickets.

Q: How many people can I bring to graduation?
A: Due to the pandemic and social distancing restrictions, there is a limit of 5 guests per graduate.  

Q. Are tickets required for children?
A. Children under the age of two who can sit on a parent's lap for the ceremony do not need a ticket.

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.

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 and Undergraduate ceremonies will last between an hour and an hour and a half. 

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 each ceremony.

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 are not able to 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). 

Q: How do I get any other commencement-related questions answered?
A: You can email