The Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on December 5th at University Stadium. To accommodate public health guidelines, physically distanced seating will be required for students and guests. Additionally, face coverings will be required for students and guests while in the stadium. 

It is important that degree candidates arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their ceremony start time. The student entrance gate for the ceremony will open one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Late-arriving candidates may not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

If you are unsure which ceremony you are assigned to attend, please complete the Marching Student Ceremony Time Lookup Form. You will receive an automated email with your College and assigned ceremony time.  

Parking

Graduating students should park in Lot A (Parking Map - PDF, 160K). Students who need physical accommodations should contact the UWG Graduation Team (graduation@westga.edu) for additional assistance.  

Attire and Personal Items

You should arrive to the graduating student check-in at Touchdown Plaza dressed and ready to participate in the ceremony. You are required to wear a cap & gown to participate in the ceremony. Appropriate dress for graduation includes dark, comfortable shoes with a low heel, and dark pants or a dark dress. Due to the natural turf surface of the football field, students should exercise caution in footwear selection. Flat shoes or wedges without a narrow heel are recommended. White and light-colored tops are appropriate as they will be covered by your cap and gown. Those students wearing a dress shirt are encouraged to wear a tie. Students should be mindful of the weather conditions for this outdoor ceremony and should dress appropriately. 

It is important that students do not bring handbags or personal items because there is no secure holding area. 

If you did not purchase a cap & gown, they are available for purchase directly from the UWG Bookstore

Check-In Procedures

You will check-in at Touchdown Plaza at least 45-minutes prior to your ceremony start time. Touchdown Plaza is marked with the blue star icon on the Commencement Map (PDF, 160k). You will not be permitted to enter through any of the designated guest entrance points. You are not required to have a ticket to enter as a graduating student. All guests and students will go through magnetometers, or walk-through metal detectors, prior to entry. Once you enter Touchdown Plaza, you will be directed to a series of tables with signs that are split by last name alpha groups. You will find the table that corresponds with your last name and walk up to meet the commencement staff member to receive your marching card. 

Your marching card is color-coordinated based on your graduating college and has your name printed on the card as it will be called during the ceremony. If you are an undergraduate student who qualifies to graduate with honors (cum laude, etc.), your honors status will also be listed on your marching card. Please review your marching card and verify that the information on the card is correct. If any information listed on the marching card is incorrect or if you would like to spell out your name phonetically, please proceed to the Commencement Questions table located in Touchdown Plaza. Please always keep your marching card with you and do not write on it.  

Once you have your marching card you may proceed to the field to be seated. There will be guides to lead you to the field. You will not be permitted to bring food, drinks, or other personal items on the field. It is highly advised that you use the restroom prior to taking your seat on the field. There are no restrooms on the field level. Once you are seated, it is likely to be at least two hours before you will have access to restroom facilities. Restrooms are located just outside of Touchdown Plaza.  

Ceremony Procedures

Students will be seated on the field by college and level (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral). Each seat on the field will be physically distanced (6 feet on all sides) from other seats. The ceremony will begin promptly at the designated start time. When it is your turn to cross the stage, commencement staff will guide you on when to stand up, where to line up, and when to march across the stage. As you are placed in line to cross the stage, please maintain 6 feet of distance between you and the person in front of you. Be sure to have your marching card ready to hand to the name-caller just prior to crossing the stage. As you cross the stage, you will have an opportunity to have your photo taken with the President. However, there will not be a traditional handshake. You will return to your seat as directed by a commencement staff member. When the ceremony ends you will be directed by a commencement staff member to exit the field in the southeast corner (Commencement Map - PDF, 160k). After exiting students should have plans for where they will meet their families after the ceremony. The ceremony is expected to last around 1.5 hours. 

Graduation Tassels

Students' tassel colors will vary based on the college of their major. Undergraduate students should wear their tassel on the right side of their cap. Graduate students should wear their tassel on the left side of their cap. Don't worry -- you will be reminded of this at the commencement ceremony. 

Honors Cords and Stoles

Only students who qualify for academic honors are permitted to wear honors cords at the commencement ceremony. Students who qualify received notification from the UWG Graduation Team and those students may purchase their honors cords directly from the UWG Bookstore. 

Stoles representing academic clubs, majors, fraternities, sororities, or stoles of gratitude may be worn by any student without restriction.

Graduation Rehearsal

UWG does not host a graduation rehearsal. Students will be guided by experienced commencement professionals on where to sit and when to march on the day of graduation.

Inclement Weather PlansClass of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

Congrats Class of 2020

Physical Distancing

To accommodate physical distancing and other public health guidelines, modifications to the traditional ceremony are necessary. These include, but are not limited to:

  • No student processional; students will be seated on the field as they arrive
  • Physically distanced seating for students and guests
  • Students will be individually recognized at the ceremony, but will not participate in the traditional handshake with the president. Students will have their picture taken as they cross the stage.
  • Face coverings will be required for students and guests while in the stadium.

Guest Ticket Guidelines

Each student will receive 4 guest tickets to the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Students will receive guest tickets through the method they indicated when completing their RSVP.

  • Tickets are required; no assigned or saved seating.
  • Guests will be clustered in groups of 4 people per graduate and each group will be physically distanced from other groups.
  • All students must RSVP to participate in Commencement and receive guest tickets.
  • No additional tickets will be available the day of the event.
  • Students should not exchange tickets to help maintain physically distanced seating clusters.
  • Children under the age of two who can sit on a parent's lap for the duration of the ceremony do not need a ticket.

Commencement Map