Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement

Yes. Graduates and their families are encouraged to attend the President's Graduation Celebration event on Friday, May 2, from 3 - 5 p.m. on Tech Green. Admission is free to the celebration event.

Doors will open approximately ninety minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

We anticipate all ceremonies will last approximately two and a half hours. For more specific information on times, visit our venue information page. 

Yes, but only for the bachelor's ceremonies; Ph.D. and Master's students' guests will not require a ticket. For specific information regarding ticket numbers and distribution, visit our ticketing policy page. A separate satellite location will be available on campus for guests without tickets. Guests may also view the ceremony through a live webcast available at www.commencement.gatech.edu.

For information regarding guests with special needs, please read our Accessibility Resources page. If you have further questions, you may contact our office at events@comm.gatech.edu.

 

If your degree status report says "ok" and you have received emails regarding Commencement activities, you are cleared to graduate. You then must ensure you obtain your regalia, RSVP, and secure your tickets. If you are concerned that you may not be cleared for graduation, contact the Registrar's Office at 404.894.4150.

The Commencement Office is unable to confirm any RSVPs. If you have completed the online form and received a confirmation email,  know that your spot has been reserved and you may walk for Commencement.

Georgia Tech does not issue invitation letters for Commencement; however, a copy of your degree status report should work to prove your matriculation through Tech. You may also request a Verification of Pending Degree letter through the Office of the Registrar. 

Please visit the Office of International Education for more details regarding visas.

Yes, concessions will be available prior to the ceremony. No outside food or beverage is allowed.

Yes. Visit the Commencement website on your respective Commencement date for a link to the webcast. The link will go live approximately thirty minutes prior to the ceremony start.

Students with questions regarding their diploma should start with the Degree Candidate FAQ found on the Registrar's website. Any additional questions should be addressed to the Registrar's Office

While you will still graduate in summer, you will now be invited to participate in the fall Commencement ceremony. Visit our summer graduate information page for more details. The Commencement Office will contact petitioned summer graduates in May with further instructions. 

Those students expected to have less than two classes will have the opportunity to participate in the spring Commencement. View the new policy and requirements here. Request forms to walk during spring commencement are due in mid-March.

Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on a student's official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.

Yes. When you RSVP to the ceremony, you will have a blank field for you to enter additional faculty advisors. Please remember to provide the same information for each advisor (name, email, and department).

Ticketing

Yes, but only for the bachelor's ceremonies; PhD and Master's students' guests will not require a ticket. For specific information regarding ticket numbers and distribution, visit our ticketing policy page. A separate satellite location will be available on campus for guests without tickets. Guests may also view the ceremony through a live webcast available at www.commencement.gatech.edu.

No, all tickets are general admission.

Children under the age of two who will be seated in an adult's lap will not require a ticket for the event. Per the Fire Marshal, children older than two years must have a guest ticket to attend.

Tickets will be distributed on-campus during a specified time period determined by the Commencement Office. Please review the information on the Important Commencement Dates page for specific dates. 

Students are encouraged to have a friend or family member pick up their tickets during the allotted time frame. Friends and family will need an email or text message from you, including your GT ID number, specifying that you gave them permission to pick up your tickets.

We will also have a will call option available that students who are studying off-campus may select when they RSVP to the ceremony. Students who request to pick up their tickets at will call can do so the day of the ceremony.

Yes. Family and friends may view our Commencement ceremony online through our live webcast. Information will appear on our website the week prior to the ceremony. We begin streaming thirty minutes prior to ceremony start. We will also offer an alternative satellite location on campus, where family members without tickets can view the event.

Information on our ticketing policy for the current semester can be found at www.commencement.gatech.edu/tickets. Any additional questions should be emailed to events@comm.gatech.edu

Unfortunately, no. All ticket requests must come from your student. The Commencement Office is unable to track any individual ticket requests. 

Students requiring additional tickets will have the option to enroll in a lottery during the RSVP process. More information on the lottery can be found on the ticketing policy page

Seating is general admission for commencement.