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Friday May 5, 2017

10:00 am: Graduate Commencement, Stegeman Coliseum

2:00 pm: School of Social Work Convocation, Classic Center, Grand Hall 8

7:00 Undergraduate Commencement, Sanford Stadium


The University of Georgia 
Spring 2017 Commencement

The UGA 2017 Spring Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017. For more information, please visit the University of Georgia Commencement website at


Undergraduate Ceremony: Ernie Johnson
Graduate Ceremony: Marshall Shepard

For more information on the ceremony and other details, please contact your program coordinator or visit

Social Media

Share your Commencement experiences using the hashtags #UGA17 and #UGASocialWork. Follow the School of Social Work on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


School of Social Work
Spring 2017 Convocation

Friday, May 5
2:00 p.m.
Classic Center
Ceremony: Grand Hall 8
Post-Ceremony Reception: Grand Hall 7

The convocation is a school-sponsored event to honor and celebrate graduating students. For information about the University of Georgia commencement exercises, please visit


Graduates should arrive at 1:00 p.m. and faculty should arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.  There will be signs and volunteers to direct you. Friends and family should enter into the Grand Hall and be seated. Please leave seats reserved for graduates open.

Driving Directions

Get directions to Classic Center.


Paid parking is available in the the parking deck adjacent to the Classic Center. The Classic Center accepts parking payment with a credit card only, no cash. Should the Classic Center deck fill up, there are several paid parking decks nearby.

Downtown Athens Parking Information

Parking and Entrance for Disabled and Elderly Visitors
Classic Center parking deck is handicap accessible.

Personal Property

Please arrange for a friend or family member to be responsible for your personal property during the ceremony as there will not be a location in which to secure it.

Graduation Announcements

Available at the UGA Bookstore.

Caps, Gowns, Tassels and Hoods

Available at the UGA Bookstore.  Although, they will be available for purchase on the day of graduation, it is highly recommended that you purchase yours prior to this date.


Photographs will be taken by Grad Images. They will provide cards for you fill out if you wish to purchase your pictures.

Group Picture

A group picture will be taken by Grad Images on the Classic Center Atrium steps before the convocation.


Volunteer marshals will assist you in lining up for the processional. Please follow the directions they give. The first person to proceed will be the last one to exit the Grand Hall; hence, the last person to proceed will be the first to exit.  Graduates always follow the faculty--never go before them.

Masters and Ph.D. graduates:  The hood should be placed over your right arm. Students follow the faculty when processing and recessing. Ph.D. recipients you may contact your major professor and if he/she can be present, you can have them perform this ritual for you.

Candidates should enter wearing their tassels over the right eye. You will approach the stage from your right.

We will provide you with a card from the photographer that you can fill out if you want to review your pictures after graduation.  On the back of the card we will request that you write your name and any special details about pronunciation.  You will give this card to a designated person so that your name can be announced.  At this point, MSW, MNPO and PhD graduates will proceed to the faculty member who is assigned to hood you.  B.S.W. students will proceed to the B.S.W. program director.  Next you will walk over to Dean Scheyett, who will congratulate you.  Keep in mind that the photographer will be taking pictures as you are hooded and/or congratulated.

After this, you will exit the stage and return to your seat.


Remember that the last students to come in are the first to leave--the last row will be the first to exit.  Please stay in line and leave by rows following each other.  This is a formal ceremony so we must leave in an orderly fashion.  


Diplomas will be mailed to you within ten to twelve weeks after graduation from the Registrar’s Office.

Social Media

Use the hashtags #UGASocialWork and #uga17. TheTwitter username for the School of Social Work is @UGASocialWork. We are on Instagram at


All transcripts must be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.  You may call them at (706) 542-4040 after graduation for proof of your degree/graduation.

If you have logistical questions, please contact:

Trelle McGinnis Turner
Academic Advisor
Social Work Building, room 127
(706) 542-5420

Links to UGA Commencement Information

More information about UGA Commencement can be found at