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SPRING 2022 Commencement

Celebrating Your Achievements

Graduate Commencement Ceremony and Hooding

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map-marker icon The Bell Auditorium

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Celebrating all graduate students at Augusta University.

 

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

calendar icon  Friday, May 13

map-marker icon  Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

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Celebrating undergraduate students from:

College of Education

College of Science & Mathematics

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

School of Computer & Cyber Sciences

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Celebrating undergraduate students from:

College of Nursing

College of Allied Health Sciences

Hull College of Business

Before Commencement

Graduates: Check back here for more information to come on the Fall 2022 commencement ceremonies!

Day of Commencement

Graduates: Check back here for more information to come on the Fall 2022 commencement ceremonies! 

Show Your Pride

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

Spring 2022 Commencement

Important Dates to Remember

President Keel stands beside Commencement bell at James Brown Arena

"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

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GradPass RSVPs & Commencement Tickets Close
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6PM - Graduate Commencement Ceremony
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10AM - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
  • College of Education
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • School of Computer & Cyber Sciences
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2PM - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Hull College of Business

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Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Were you unable to join us for commencement this semester, or just want to see your graduate cross the stage again?
Check out the replays of our 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 Spring 2022 ceremony. All other orders will be cancelled.

For Associates, Bachelor, Master, and Specialist graduates:

All orders placed after the order deadline will be charged a rush fee of $30, and specific requests cannot be guaranteed (colors, sizes, etc.). Students need to use their AU email address to complete their order. All Associates, Bachelor, Master and Specialist graduates will keep their regalia at the conclusion of commencement. After ordering your regalia, should you not be able to participate in a virtual or in-person event, please notify the JagStore.

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 and Faculty Academic Regalia

For Doctoral Graduates:

Doctoral students will rent regalia for graduation from Jostens. 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.

Doctoral students must return their regalia following the ceremony. The return deadline is Friday, May 20th. Returns can be made immediately following the ceremony, or at the Summerville Campus JagStore during operating hours. A $30 late fee will be charged to rentals returned after this date. 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. 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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Guests

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

All ticket information has been 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 ceremony.

Special Accommodations

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.

Grad Pass vs. Name Card

Graduates will need their Grad Pass to check in at commencement. Name cards are what students will need to have their name announced as they cross the stage. Name cards will be printed out for graduates to use during commencement this year. Students can access their Grad Pass by logging into their Marching Order account they created when they submitted their RSVP and selecting "GradPass."

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. Please note the top of this webpage for when we are celebrating which colleges. Contact the Graduation and Commencement Team if you have any questions: graduation@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 or grandparent graduated from Augusta University or one of her legacy institutions.

Graduates who are part of our Jaguar legacy family will receive a specially designed pin for Commencement to recognize their family’s Augusta tradition. Information on how to indicate your status as a legacy graduate will be sent via email.

 

Graduates & Guests

Day of Commencement

Guest Tickets, Arena Seating and Special Accommodations

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

All arena 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 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

Graduate Commencement participants/guests: The Bell Auditorium's address is 712 Telfair Street, Augusta. General parking is available in the 7th and 8th street lots. 

Undergraduate Commencement participants/guests: 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.

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Commencement Speakers

Our Graduate Hooding & Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker 

Mr. Doug Duncan 
Chairman, Columbia County Board of Commissioners 
Doug Duncan
 

Our Undergraduate Ceremony Keynote Speaker

Mr. Dave Brendza
Division Vice President, ADP 

Dave Brendza


Our 2022 Commencement Student Speakers:

Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony: Vinaya Alapatt, Degree Candidate for Master of Science in Psychology,
College of Science and Mathematics
Vinaya Alapatt
 
 
10:00 am Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony: Zyare Orr, Degree Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry,
College of Science and Mathematics 
Zyare Orr
 
 
2:00 pm Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony: Liberty Schultz, Degree Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
College of Nursing
Liberty Schultz

 

Location

Bell AuditoriumGraduate Commencement will be held at the Bell Auditorium in Downtown Augusta. 

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Undergraduate Commencement will be held at Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center in Downtown Augusta

 

Commencement News

graduate walking on stage

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.

Man stands in graduation robe and cap holding plaque

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.

many graduates watching graduation ceremony

First cohorts graduate from College of Science and Mathematics’ new master of science programs

Two graduate programs at Augusta University that first matriculated students in fall 2019 are preparing to recognize their first cohorts of graduates this spring.

man in black graduation regalia, standing outside

Graduation Week 2022: Counselor education grad celebrates both physical and mental wellness

During his undergraduate career, where he studied public relations, Randy LaMons realized he had a knack for communication and connecting with others.

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