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fall 2022 Commencement

A Celebration Like No Other

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

calendar icon Saturday, December 17, 2022

map-marker icon  Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

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Celebrating all undergraduate students at Augusta University 

Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony

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map-marker icon Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

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Celebrating all graduate students at Augusta University

Before Commencement

Graduates: As you plan celebrations for commencement, please note the following times that the doors will open for your respective ceremony: 

  • Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony: 1:30 pm, ceremony begins at 3:00 pm.
  • Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony: 5:00 pm, ceremony begins at 6:00 pm.

Day of Commencement

All graduates need to check-in at the Convention Center in full regalia by one hour prior to your ceremony: 2:00 pm for undergraduates, 5:00 pm for graduates. Don't forget your GradPass too, as this is your "ticket" into commencement! Login to your Marching Order account to access your GradPass.

Show Your Pride

On social media, tag Augusta University and your college's social media handles. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AUGGrad!

 

Marching Order 

students sitting in courtyard

Marching Order is the system used to manage commencement operations, including graduate RSVP's, guest ticketing, graduate communications, and grad passes. Graduates must create an account in Marching Order to RSVP for the ceremony, access their guest tickets, and ensure their name is pronounced and listed correctly for the commencement ceremony.

Each graduate will be allotted eight tickets for this semester's ceremonies. Please claim these additional tickets in Marching Order.

Having trouble with Marching Order? Email the Graduation and Commencement Team with any questions. 

Log in to Marching Order

 

 

Look back on an experience #LikeNoOther

Feeling nostalgic leading up to commencement, graduates? Fill out one (or both!) of these Instagram story templates and tag us on social media, @aug_university. 

AU Photo MemoriesAn Experience #LikeNoOther - Memories

Commencement Information

Graduates: Here's the commencement newsletter that was sent containing all pertinent information you need to know for commencement this semester. 

Fall 2022 Commencement Newsletter

fall 2022 Commencement

Important Dates to Remember

President Keel shakes student's hand at commencement

"As president and as an alumnus of Augusta University, our traditions are near and dear to me. Traditions like the ringing of our arsenal bell, which symbolizes healing and hope. And traditions like commencement, to celebrate the accomplishments and hope for the future of our graduates. These traditions create meaningful experiences that last a lifetime."

- President Brooks A. Keel, PhD

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Fall 2022 Commencement

GradPass RSVPs & Commencement Tickets Close

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

Fall 2022 Commencement

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony - 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

Fall 2022 Commencement

Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony - 6 p.m.

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Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Check out the replays of our spring commencement ceremonies:
 
Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony: May 12, 2022:
 
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony 1, May 13, 2022, 10 am: 
 
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony 2, May 13, 2022, 2pm:
 
 
A digital copy of the program is also available for your viewing pleasure:
Spring 2022 Commencement Program

Graduates

Before Commencement

Undergraduate, Specialist, and Graduate Academic Regalia

Official Augusta University regalia is used by all participants in the graduation ceremony. Orders for regalia are limited to graduates participating in the Fall 2022 ceremony. All other orders will be cancelled.

For Associates and Bachelor graduates:

Regalia orders may be placed online via the Jostens website or in-person at the Summerville Campus JagStore between Monday September 12 and Monday October 31. All late orders will be taken in-person or by phone at the JagStore. The regalia package for associates and bachelors graduates is $49 with $12 shipping if ordered online or $59 in-store. Students need to use their AU email address to complete their order. This regalia package includes the robe, cap, and tassel. All Associates and Bachelor graduates will keep their regalia at the conclusion of commencement. Please notify the JagStore should you be unable to participate in commencement after ordering your regalia. 

For Masters and Specialists graduates:

Regalia orders may be placed online via the Jostens website or in-person at the Summerville Campus JagStore between Monday September 12 and Monday October 31. All late orders will be taken in-person or by phone at the JagStore. The masters and specialists regalia package is $99 with $12 shipping if ordered online or $109 in-store. This regalia package includes the robe, hood, cap, and tassel. Hood and/or tassel colors are not guaranteed for any orders placed after Thanksgiving. 

Business attire is appropriate under the gown. The event will be a combination of standing and sitting, so make sure you dress comfortably for both. For those wearing pants, consider dark pants and shoes.

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Doctoral Academic Regalia

For Doctoral Graduates:

Doctoral students will rent regalia for graduation from Jostens. Regalia orders may be placed online between Monday September 12 and Monday October 31. All late orders will be taken in-person or by phone at the JagStore. Rental regalia will be paid for at time of pick-up. For a $15 shipping fee, your regalia can be shipped to a home address by notifying the JagStore with your name, ship to address, and phone number. Regalia orders may be picked up at the Summerville JagStore starting Monday, November 28. 

Doctoral students must return their regalia following the ceremony. Returns can be made immediately following the ceremony, or at the Summerville Campus JagStore during operating hours. Regalia must be returned to the JagStore by no later than December 20. Please contact the JagStore if you have any additional questions. 

For Faculty Members: 

Faculty members need to RSVP for commencement and indicate whether or not they will need to rent regalia to participate in commencement. Regalia rental costs may vary based on the package requested. Orders may be picked up at the Summerville JagStore starting November 28 and return any rental regalia by December 20. Contact the JagStore if you haven't made plans for renting regalia. 

Business attire is appropriate under the gown. The event will be a combination of standing and sitting, so make sure you dress comfortably for both. For those wearing pants, consider dark pants and shoes.

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Faculty Academic Regalia

Faculty members need to RSVP for commencement and indicate whether or not they will need to rent regalia to participate in commencement. Regalia rental costs may vary based on the package requested. Orders may be picked up at the Summerville JagStore starting November 28 and return any rental regalia by December 20. Contact the JagStore if you haven't made plans for renting regalia. 

Follow the website below to learn more about what faculty need to know in preparation for commencement. 

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Guests

All commencement ceremonies are ticketed events; and all guests attending must have a ticket, including children and infants. For each of the Fall 2022 commencement ceremonies, each graduate will be allowed eight guest tickets.

All ticket information will be announced through AU email. Students will be required to use their augusta.edu email address and student ID number to log in to the portal to claim their tickets. 

All seating is general admission. Doors will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the start of the undergraduate commencement ceremony and 60 minutes prior to the start of the graduate commencement and hooding ceremony.

If you haven't been to Augusta before, the link below will show you some more about our city, some fun things to do (and eat!) and more!

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Marching Order

Marching Order is the system used to manage commencement operations, including graduate RSVP's, guest ticketing, graduate communications, and grad passes. Graduates must create an account in Marching Order to access their guest tickets and ensure their name is pronounced and listed correctly for the commencement ceremony. Graduates must list whether or not they attend to participate in commencement through Marching Order by no later than November 16. Graduates may use the link below to log in and access their Marching Order account. 

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Grad Pass vs. Name Card

Graduates will access their Grad Pass, their "ticket" into commencement, through their Marching Order account. Students can access their Grad Pass by logging into their Marching Order account they created when they submitted their RSVP and selecting "GradPass." Name cards are what students will need to have their name announced as they cross the stage. Name cards will be placed in graduates seats to use during commencement. 

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements and additional items may be ordered directly from the Jostens website.

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Dual Degree Recipients

Graduates who are graduating with dual degrees may opt to attend one ceremony or both ceremonies, depending on which ceremony their degrees are being conferred in. Contact the Graduation and Commencement Team if you have any questions: commencement@augusta.edu

Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate students graduating with honors will be designated in the commencement program. Qualifying students will be notified via email. If you're unable to pick up your honors cord prior to commencement, students may pick up their cords when checking in for commencement at the Marriott. Please make sure to bring a photo ID if picking up cords at commencement. 

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Legacy

Augusta University celebrates generations of families continuing our rich tradition by listing graduates whose parent, step-parent, or grandparent graduated from Augusta University or one of her legacy institutions (ex: Augusta College, Augusta State University).

Graduates who are part of our Jaguar legacy family will receive a specially designed pin for Commencement to recognize their family’s Augusta tradition. If you believe you qualify as a legacy graduate, please email our Commencement & Graduation Team, commencement@augusta.edu, with your relative's name, their graduation year and the institution they graduated from.

Contact Us!

Do you still have any questions about the commencement ceremonies this semester? Email the Graduation and Commencement Team: commencement@augusta.edu. 

Graduates: for any questions you may have about your diploma or graduation application, please email gradapp@augusta.edu. 

 

Learn our Alma Mater 

"Augusta: The Bell Rings for Me" 

Get ready for commencement by learning the words to our Alma Mater!

 

Graduates & Guests

Day of Commencement

Guest Tickets, Seating and Special Accommodations

All commencement ceremonies are ticketed events; and all guests attending must have a ticket, including children and infants. 

All convention center seating is general admission. Guests are not allowed on the floor before or during the ceremony. Doors will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the start of the undergraduate commencement ceremony and 60 minutes prior to the start of the graduate hooding and commencement ceremony.

If your guest requires special accommodations, seating is available on a limited first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited seating in the accessible areas, a maximum of one person will be allowed to accompany the person with a disability in the designated seating area.

Parking

The Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center's address is 2 10th Street, Augusta. Students and Faculty participating in commencement will park at no charge in the Georgia Cyber Center parking deck, located at 1 11th Street, Augusta between 11th and 12th streets in Downtown Augusta.

Commencement guests can park in the Reynolds Street parking deck at no charge and use the bridge to access the convention center. This lot will be a first come, first serve deck for the first 350-400 guests. Guests who wish to park here will need to tell the parking attendant of their attendance at the AU Commencement Ceremony. Guests will not need to present vouchers upon entry or departure from this parking deck. No commencement guests will be allowed to park in the designated reserved parking spaces in the Reynolds Street parking deck.

Additionally, there are parking lots available on 9th-10th streets, many of them first come, first serve. Please plan accordingly!

ADA Parking Accommodations

ADA Parking is available at the following parking decks:

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center Parking Garage (located at 9th & Reynolds Street)

Augusta University Nathan Deal Campus Parking Deck at the Georgia Cyber Center 

Graduation Photography

GradImages will be on site to take professional photos of your graduate that will be available for purchase following the ceremony. Text "Grad22" to 39771 for more information. 

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Watch Livestream

Nonticketed observers will be able to watch the ceremony live online. A playback of each ceremony will be uploaded to YouTube following the ceremonies. 

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Diploma Information

Graduates can expect to receive your diplomas 6-8 weeks following the end of each semester. Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your graduation application. Email gradapp@augusta.edu if you have any questions about your diploma issuing. 

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Commencement Speakers

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man speaking at podium
girl standing at podium

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Student Speakers!

photo of Aenea Clark,

Aenea Clark,

  • a degree candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program,
  • was selected by her peers as the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony speaker.
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Jacob Sumpter,

  • a degree candidate for the Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader degree program,
  • was selected by his peers as the Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony speaker.
 

Congratulations, Aenea and Jacob!

Our Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speakers: 

man smiling Brad Usry
President, Fat Man's Hospitality Group
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker 
 

Brad Usry is an Augusta native and Augusta College alumnus. Usry attended Augusta College from 1977-1982 where he majored in business management and lettered in basketball four years. During his sophomore year the team advanced to the NCAA regionals. He captained the 
basketball team his senior year. While at Augusta College, Usry met a cheerleader, his future wife, Paige Hodges. 

Paige and Brad have two sons, Havird and Hodges, a daughter-in-law, Dr. Brooke Usry and two beautiful granddaughters, Hudson and Bradley.

After graduation Brad joined his Family’s business, Fat Man’s. The store was an Augusta icon that specialized in Halloween, Christmas and gifts. The business also had a small cafe, Fat Man’s Cafe. Under his leadership multiple locations were added. 

After selling the land the businesses occupied Brad turned his attention to the food and beverage portion of the business. The business, Fat Man’s Hospitality, which he owns with his son Havird, operates three restaurants, Fat Man’s Mill Cafe, The Southern Salad, and SnoCap Drive In, two event venues, Enterprise Mill Event Center and The Fourth, and a ghost kitchen, Bradley’s BBQ.

Brad was the Distinguished Alumnus in 1992 and Distinguished Alumnus for athletics in 2016. Brad and Paige recently committed $100,000 to Augusta University’s Hull College of Business for student scholarships.

Location

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Both commencement ceremonies will be held at Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center in Downtown Augusta

 

Commencement News

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Class of 2022: Vote now for commencement student speaker

Class of 2022: It's time to vote for the soloist and speaker you'd like to hear from at Fall Commencement!

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Apply now for commencement student speaker, soloist opportunities

The Student Government Association is accepting applications for student speakers and soloists to represent the graduating class for the Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies.

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Watch: Spring 2022 hooding and commencement ceremonies

Both sessions of undergraduate commencement, the hooding ceremony for the Medical College of Georgia and the hooding ceremony for The Graduate School were recorded and are available online.

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Medical College of Georgia graduate receives 2022 Beard Award

Dr. Sayed Hamzah Ali is the 2022 recipient of the John F. Beard Award for Compassionate Care.

Show Your Jaguar Pride

Celebrate with Us

We encourage the entire University community, including graduates, families, friends, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to post their photos and messages on social media to honor the moment and celebrate our graduates using the commencement hashtag:

#AUGGrad