Summer Discontinuation Policy

The summer ceremony, which has relatively few graduates compared to the fall and spring ceremonies, is being discontinued.

The Institute will continue to award degrees for spring, summer and fall terms, but will only conduct spring and fall commencement exercises.

Georgia Tech students who complete their degree requirements in the summer will be invited to participate in the Institute’s fall commencement ceremony. The change follows a thorough review of Tech’s commencement activities and reflects the Institute’s intention to be fiscally responsible in all phases of its operations. 

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

All summer graduates, regardless of which ceremony they participate in, will be listed in the respective fall commencement program, with a special symbol denoting their summer graduation status.

Fall Commencement Participation

All summer graduates will be invited to participate in the following fall commencement ceremony. Summer candidates will have the opportunity to provide their primary email address during the semester to receive information after graduation.

Students wishing to participate in the fall ceremony are required to complete the summer registration form to ensure they receive timely messages from commencement organizers.

Summer graduates will still be required to RSVP to the fall ceremony to confirm their participation.

Spring Commencement Participation

Due to space constraints, the number of summer degree candidates who can participate in spring Commencement will be limited. The Office of the Registrar will work with the Commencement office each spring to revise the spring early walk policy.  

Students are asked to refer to the summer graduate information at the start of each spring term for the most up to date information. Consultation with other offices on campus will occur as needed to ensure that all requests are given full and consistent consideration.