Summer Graduate FAQs

General Graduation Issues

Why do you need my email address?

We recognize that not all students will continue to check their Georgia Tech email address after graduation. To ensure we have accurate contact information, we ask that interested students register their preferred email address with the Commencement Office. All information about the ceremony will be sent via email. 


What if I don't know if I will be able to participate in Fall Commencement?

We suggest that students who are uncertain about their participation still register with the Commencement Office to ensure they receive information. Students who do not complete the form will be opted-out of Fall Commencement information emails.


How will I sign up for Fall Commencement guest tickets?

Summer graduates who complete the email registration form will receive a message in early September with Fall RSVP dates to indicate their commencement participation and request guest tickets. Ticket pick-up will take place at the Athletics Ticket Box Office in October.

Students who will not be in the Atlanta-area after graduation may select will call when requesting tickets to receive them at McCamish Pavilion the day of the ceremony. 


I am moving out-of-state after graduation. How will I purchase my regalia?

Regalia is available for purchase during the summer semester for Fall Commencement. Ph.D. candidates are urged to meet with the bookstore during summer semester to be measured for regalia. Bachelor's and Master's candidates may purchase regalia in-store or order online at techstuff.gatech.edu. 


Am I still graduating this semester? 

Yes. The Institute will continue to award degrees for spring, summer, and fall semesters. The only difference is that Georgia Tech will produce its commencement ceremony following spring and fall semesters.

Active summer degree candidates who complete all the necessary requirements to graduate during the summer term will receive their diplomas six to eight weeks after the term’s completion.


I would prefer to participate in a different ceremony. Can I do that?

Students must participate in the fall Commencement ceremony immediately following summer semester. The Commencement Office is unable to permit any late walks beyond fall. 


Will my name appear in the fall commencement program?

Yes. Summer graduates will be listed in the respective fall Commencement program, with a special symbol denoting their summer graduation status.

Summer Commencement Cancellation Questions

Why is Georgia Tech’s summer commencement being discontinued? 

Three major factors contributed to the decision to discontinue the summer commencement ceremony. First, the number of students who participate in summer commencement (approx. 450 each year) is quite small in comparison to the number of students who participate in fall commencement (approx. 1,500) or spring commencement (approx. 2,300). 

Second, the cost of producing summer commencement (i.e. renting a venue, designing and printing programs, paying for security, etc.) is nearly the same as the cost of producing one of the larger ceremonies. By discontinuing Summer Commencement, we anticipate a cost savings up to $70,000 per year depending on the venue used.

Third, summer graduates can be accommodated during the fall ceremony, allowing the university to be even more fiscally responsible.


Will students still be able to graduate in the summer? 

Yes. The Institute will continue to award degrees for spring, summer, and fall semesters. The only difference is that Georgia Tech will produce its commencement ceremony following spring and fall semesters.

Active summer degree candidates who complete all the necessary requirements to graduate during the summer term will receive their diplomas six to eight weeks after the term’s completion.


If I graduate during the summer, when can I participate in a commencement ceremony? 

Students who graduate in the summer will have the opportunity to walk in the fall commencement ceremony immediately following their graduation term. Those with less than two classes remaining in the summer term may apply to participate in the spring ceremony preceding summer.


I am planning to graduate in summer. How will I get information about fall commencement after I leave school? 

Summer candidates will have the opportunity to provide their primary email address during the semester to receive information on the fall ceremony. Students wishing to participate in the fall ceremony are required to complete the summer registration form to ensure they receive timely messages regarding the fall ceremony from commencement organizers. Summer graduates will still be required to RSVP to the fall ceremony to confirm their participation.

Please note Fall Commencement will be a ticketed event. Students must refer to the Commencement website, to ensure they are aware of the respective ceremony’s ticketing process.


I have some additional questions or feedback about the summer cancellation. Whom may I contact?

Please direct all questions or comments to comments@registrar.gatech.edu. A member of the Registrar’s Office will contact you shortly regarding your inquiry.