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Apply to Graduate

If you expect to graduate Spring 2019 or Summer 2019, you must complete the Graduation Application available in Athena. Simply log in to your Athena account, select the “Student” option, then “Apply to Graduate”, and follow the directions provided.

Please note: You must apply to graduate for the semester in which you will take your last course(s) toward your graduation requirements. Summer 2019 undergraduate students can still participate in commencement and college activities.

This requirement must be completed by the deadline of Thursday, March 21, 2019 by all undergraduate students expecting to graduate in Spring 2019 or Summer 2019. Undergraduates who complete the application for spring by the deadline will be listed in the Commencement Program.

Students with FERPA restrictions will not have their names listed in the Commencement Program. Make sure to remove your FERPA restriction in order to appear in the program. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s page to remove the flag.

FERPA - If you have a FERPA restriction your name will not appear in the program; FERPA restrictions can be removed by you through the registrar's website if you want your name in the program. This includes the FACS Convocation program.

To confirm that your graduation application is complete and is on your record, check DegreeWorks the day after you apply and confirm that your pending degree term has updated to the term Spring 2019 or Summer 2019.

For more information on how to apply, contact the Registrar’s Office at 706-542-4040 or

If you are a graduate student, please follow deadlines set by the UGA Graduate School.

UGA Commencement

The University of Georgia will host commencement for undergraduates on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. The University of Georgia will host commencement for graduate students Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. We encourage you to participate in the campus commencement activities. For more information and questions regarding UGA commencement ceremonies, visit  

Clear Bag Policy:  The new clear bag policy that has been implemented for UGA athletic events is also in effect for all students and guests who will be attending UGA Commencement.  Please follow the guidelines in the Permitted/Prohibited Items section.

FACS Convocation

The Spring FACS Convocation will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Classic Center Theater located in downtown Athens. FACS Convocation is a more personal ceremony for College of Family and Consumer Sciences graduates to be recognized individually on stage. Guests are invited to attend. The event is free, but registration is required for graduating students to participate. For information on the Classic Center, go to Spring Convocation: Registered participants may invite as many guests as they would like. Seating is first come, first served, and no tickets are required. Fall Convocation: Tickets required for registered participants. 

To participate in the Spring 2019 College of Family and Consumer Sciences Convocation, you must be:

  • An undergraduate student who applied to graduate spring 2019 or summer 2019 only
  • A graduate student who applied to graduate spring 2019 or summer 2019 only

Registration for FACS Convocation

In addition to applying to graduate, a separate registration is required for student participation in the FACS Convocation. Registration opens Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at 8:00am and closes Friday, March 22, 2019 at 4:00pm. If you do not register by the deadline, your name will not appear in the FACS Convocation program. 

Spring 2019 registration is closed. Fall 2019 registration will open September 2019.

FACS Convocation Arrival Instructions

FACS Convocation is expected to last approximately one and a half hours. Participants must arrive for check-in no later than 9:45am to the Classic Center Grand Hall. You will check-in at your departmental table. Doors will open at 10:00am for guests.

FACS Convocation Parking

Parking is available at the Classic Center parking deck for a fee.

Dress Rehearsal 

Dress rehearsal is limited to those on the program, serving as departmental student marshals, platform party participants, or other designated roles as needed. You will be notified separately if you need to attend. 

Academic Attire

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in FACS Convocation and UGA commencement. Caps, gowns and hoods may be purchased at the UGA Bookstore. Contact the University of Georgia Bookstore at 706-542-3171 or via email for purchasing information. Candidates should wear their tassels over the right eye until the degree is awarded and over the left eye afterwards.

Bag Policy for Graduating Students

Please limit carrying any purses, bags, backpacks, or other items during the ceremony. Any items needed for the ceremony should be able to fit in your pocket. All other items should be given to one of your guests. 

Social Media

Use #facs19 and #uga19 in your commencement and convocation related social media posts!


Diplomas will be mailed from the UGA Registrar's Office approximately 6-8 weeks after commencement.

Graduating with Honors

Visit the Office of the Registrar's site for information. 

Senior Signature

The first Senior Signature plaque was created in 1991 with just a few hundred signatures. Today, thousands of graduating students make a difference by donating a minimum $50 gift to the university. By making a gift, you will be recognized forever on your class plaque in Tate Plaza. Plus, Senior Signature donors are automatically a part of the Student Alumni Association. This gift includes a designation option so that FACS graduates can give to the college, a department, a program, or a scholarship that has had a personal impact on them during their time at UGA. 
All May, August and December undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to include their name on the plaque. The deadline is March 31. Go here to leave your legacy. 

Complete the UGA Career Outcomes Survey

Have you already committed to a full-time job, graduate school program, or an internship after graduation? Please complete the UGA Career Outcomes Survey at

Stay Connected to FACS and UGA

Upon graduation, you automatically become a member of the FACS Alumni Association, a growing network of FACS alumni - 17,000 strong.

You should receive an email from EITS notifying you that your MyID and UGAMail accounts will be disabled 12 months after graduation. Be sure to stay connected to FACS and UGA by visiting our alumni website at

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming membership, contact Alexis Morgan, Director of Alumni Relations, at