Will there be a live feed for friends and loved ones to view the Grenada ceremony online?
Yes! We will provide a live stream via SGU’s Facebook Page. A recording of the Grenada Commencement will be uploaded to YouTube after the event.
Will I receive my diploma the day of the ceremony?
You will NOT receive your diploma the day of the ceremony. Once you have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar, you will receive your official diploma in the mail. Please understand that your completion and diploma dates and the date of Commencement are independent of one another. Any questions concerning your completion date or diploma date should be directed to the Office of Registrar.
Is there assigned seating?
All tickets are general admission. Guests are invited to enter the venue forty minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to obtain their seats.
Graduates and guests should dress appropriately. Keep in mind you will be in a gown and it tends to get warm. Business casual is suitable for all.
Please refrain from bringing any personal belongings on the day of the ceremony. There will be no place to store these items.
How many guest tickets do I get?
Two tickets per student. The ticket gives your guests access to both the ceremony and the following reception. Additional tickets can be requested but is not guaranteed.
Do my guests need to present their tickets at the door?
Yes. Without a ticket for the ceremony/reception, they will be denied entry.
Are children allowed?
Yes, however it is not recommended to bring children under the age of 5: this is a formal ceremony, which young children may find too long. Children require their own ticket, but children under the age of 2 do not need a ticket and will be allowed on an adult’s lap.
How long is the ceremony?
Approximately two hours.
Where do my guests park?
Security officers will be present on the day to guide you to the appropriate parking locations. If you have guests that will require a little extra time, make sure to arrive early.
Will late guests be admitted?
No, so please make sure your guests know to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. The ceremony will start promptly as scheduled at 10am.
Can I make special seating arrangements ahead of time?
If you have a guest that will need special assistance due to reduced mobility, please contact the Office of Events (firstname.lastname@example.org) ahead of time to make arrangements.
Is there a dress code for guests?
As this is a formal event and a special day for you and your guests, they should dress accordingly. Professional dress is recommended, such as would be worn to church. No jeans, shorts, flip-flops, torn or worn clothing, etc.
Where do the graduands sit?
In designated rows towards the front of the hall (near the stage). Ushers will be present on the day to guide you to the right location.
Can I sit next to my friend from a different program?
Unfortunately not, since you will be seated and called to the stage according to the program that you are in.
How will I know when to go up to collect my certificate?
You will be called according to your program. Ushers will guide you on the day.
What is the process for being called up onto the stage?
Please refer to the Sakai site for information and for a useful video on what to do.
Where do I get my name card?
These will be distributed in the graduand assembly venue on the day.
I have a difficult to pronounce name!
Please write a phonetic version (i.e. spell it out as it sounds) onto the card in block capital letters.
Is there a rehearsal for the ceremony?
Registered graduands will be provided an instructional video in lieu of a formal rehearsal.
Do I have to wear anything special on the day?
Yes, there is a dress code. It is professional dress (wear the clothes that you would go to a formal job interview in!)
Can I alter my gown (e.g., shorten it, add decorations, etc)?
No. Your gown must be worn in the same state you were given it. Your hood will be sufficient decoration.
Should I clean or iron/press my gown?
No. The gowns have already been cleaned. Do not iron them, as you may damage the fabric. Once you have collected it, hang it up so that it does not become creased.
Can I bring a handbag?
You may find it difficult to manage one in addition to your hat, hood, program, etc., so it is recommended that you keep the items that you will need to carry to a minimum.
When will I get my Honors cord?
On the day in the graduand assembly venue. Please note that only students who have completed ALL of their degree program requirements will be issued with the Honors cord. If you are walking, i.e., you are within 6 credits of completing the requirements, you will NOT be issued with an Honors cord.
I am walking in May – will I still get an Honors cord?
No, since you have not yet completed the requirements of your degree. If wearing the Honors cord when you graduate is very important to you, you should delay your graduation until next year when you have completed the requirements.
Where and when do I collect my gown, hood and hat?
A link for ordering gowns will be posted in the graduation Sakai site. Please ensure that you check this site regularly as it will serve as the main mode of communicating information to graduands. Gowns will be available for collection the week prior to graduation.
Which side does my hat tassel go on?
- Undergraduate students: Before graduating, the tassel should be on your right. During the ceremony, when you graduate, it will be moved to the left (you’ll be told when to do this!).
- School of Graduate Studies students: it is placed on the left before the ceremony and will not be moved (it is assumed that you have already participated in this ceremony upon receiving your 1st degree.)
Can I carry a camera along with me?
Can guests take photographs during the ceremony?
Yes, but we would ask that they remain seated or try to minimize the extent to which they may block other guests’ views.
Are there any arrangements for Student Portraits?
Yes, during the week when student collect their regalia (usually the week leading up to graduation) a professional photographer will be stationed on campus to take personal portraits.
Who do I ask for permission to walk?
If you are within 6 credits of fulfilling your requirement and wish to walk in May, you should write and formally request permission from the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.
Graduate vs. Graduand – what’s the difference?
Until you have formally graduated (i.e., you have become a graduate) you are a graduand.