Countdown to Commencement!

commencementReminders and Information for the Class of 2017

Please check your Oglethorpe email frequently and act promptly on any notice relating to your degree conferral or Commencement participation.

Due By April 30:  Degree Application & Completion Fee

In order to graduate, you must: submit a degree application; pay the degree completion fee of $125.00; clear all obligations with the Hub for Enrollment Services and the library; and be in financial, financial aid and conduct good standing. If you have not yet paid the degree completion fee, please do so immediately. This fee may be paid when you submit your application online, or otherwise will be billed to your account.

If you have any doubt that all holds have been cleared from your record, please visit the Hub right away.

May 1, 2:00–6:00 p.m., and May 2, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.:  Cap & Gown Distribution, TLCC

Commencement ceremony participants must have appropriate regalia: gown and cap with tassel. If you missed the graduation fair, you can purchase your cap and gown at distribution – a late fee will apply. This is the last opportunity to purchase regalia. For assistance, please contact Rebecca Stewart, Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, 404-364-8363 or

Due May 8:  RSVP for Commencement Events

RSVP now for all events, including the Carillon Ceremony (May 10, 5:00 p.m.); mandatory Rehearsal (May 11, 6:30 p.m.); President’s Reception (May 12, 4:30 p.m.); and Commencement Ceremony (May 13, 9:00 a.m.).  You can also RSVP for your guests and request accessibility accommodations.

May 11, 6:30–7:45 p.m.:  Mandatory Rehearsal, Conant Performing Arts Center

Student attendance is imperative. You will receive essential graduation materials, ceremony instructions, and rain tickets for guests in case of an indoor ceremony due to inclement weather. (Guest tickets not required for outdoor ceremony.)  If you cannot attend, you may pick up your packet at the Hub for Enrollment Services (Lupton Hall, garden level) during business hours Friday, or at check-in for the President’s Reception Friday evening.

You must take the Career Outcomes Survey in order to receive your graduation packet at rehearsal – please complete this survey in advance. A personalized link was emailed to you on April 13 from Amy Clemente. Please contact her directly at if you need the survey sent to you again.

MAY 13, CHECK IN NO LATER THAN 8:00 A.M.:  COMMENCEMENT, Lupton Auditorium

You must check in by 8:00 a.m., Lupton Auditorium (or in case of rain, Schmidt); breakfast provided courtesy of the SGA.

Guests should be seated no later than 8:50 a.m., Academic Quad (or in case of rain, Dorough Field House).

Saved seating is discouraged; empty seats must be relinquished at 8:50 a.m.

The campus area can become congested the morning of graduation. Be sure that you and your guests have plenty of time to park and walk to the ceremony site. (Shuttles are available to transport guests who need assistance from distant parking.)

Yes, we’re open! Extended Book Store Hours:
Friday, May 12, 2017:  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2017:  7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Everything related to Commencement is on the website at

Have a question? Please email

Best regards,

The Commencement Committee: Todd Bennett, Cale Coppage, Brian Coldren, Colleen D’Alessandro, Christopher Fernandez, Michelle Hall, Tracy Hall, Renee Vary Keele, Lance Knight, Joseph Lewis, Oliver McGuire, Norman McKay, Angela McMillan, Todd Meconis, Sharon Moskowitz, John Nardo, Irwin Ray, Carson Raymond, Mary Rinaldi-Winn, Cecil Rose, Glenn Sharfman, Dwayne Smalls, Rebecca Stewart, Tricia Weatherford