Students must complete the Graduation Ceremony Form in order to be eligible to participate in the ceremony. The Graduation Ceremony Form will be provided to you via your SGU email account. Please ensure that you check your SGU email regularly, as it will serve as the main mode of communicating information.
Graduands do not need tickets to participate in the ceremony. Tickets are required for guests to be admitted to the graduation ceremony and are all general admission. Each candidate will receive two (2) guest tickets. Additional tickets may become available but are not guaranteed.
All persons needing a seat (including children 3 years and older), must have a ticket, otherwise they cannot be allowed entry. Children under the age of two (2), may sit on an adult’s lap and do not need tickets.
Commencement ceremonies are free, ticketed events. There is no charge for tickets to commencement; University policy prohibits the selling of commencement tickets for money or commercial value, and violations will result in serious consequences.
Accessibility Accommodation and Special Needs
We aim to accommodate the accessibility and support requirements of any of our graduands and their guests wishing to attend the ceremony. Special seating arrangements may be made for persons with accessibility requirements (e.g., physical, visual) or require a caretaker to attend the celebration.
Send an email to email@example.com with the title ‘SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS’ in the subject line, at least two weeks prior to the ceremony, with the following information:
- Name of graduand
- Name and number of guests requiring accessible seating/accommodation (total party)
- Phone number where party can be reached on graduation day
- Notes on accommodations needed (For example, walks with difficulty, uses wheelchair, uses motorized scooter, etc.)
We will do our best to accommodate your request; and persons requiring special seating arrangements, will be allowed to enter the venue prior to general seating.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. On the day, you will be guided to the appropriate parking locations. Please bear in mind that you may have to park some distance from the ceremony location. If you have guests that will require a little extra time, make sure to arrive early.
Graduands must wear appropriate apparel in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Regalia for undergraduate and graduate students must be ordered using the Graduation Ceremony Form. Payment (payable at the Accounts Department) must be made prior to regalia collection.
MD and DVM students who intend to take part in the Grenada ceremony are responsible for ordering their own gowns from herffjones.com/college/sgu.
All students are responsible for bringing their regalia on the day of the ceremony. Caps and gowns will not be provided on the day of graduation.
Faculty participating in the Grenada Commencement exercise must dress in their full academic regalia, including robe, tam or cap and hood.
Guests will not be allowed to approach the stage during the ceremony in order to take photos and/or videos. We appreciate your cooperation, as we strive to ensure the safety of all graduates and guests.
An official photographer will be available at the ceremony to take personal/family photos. Information on the photo packages will be provided via your SGU student email. On the day of the ceremony, photos will be taken of each student when receiving your diploma.
You may also arrange to have seated portraits in your cap and gown.
The ceremony lasts approximately two hours and will include short addresses by distinguished speakers, the conferring of degrees, and the recessional. The ceremony will begin promptly with the academic procession and the entry of candidates.
Guests should be seated at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. Regrettably, due to the formal nature of the ceremony, late comers may not be admitted. Therefore, we encourage persons to get to the venue early in order to a comfortable seat.
At the end of the ceremony, the stage party and faculty will lead the recessional, followed by the graduates and then guests.
If you receive an academic honors designation for GPA (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude), you will receive your honors cord on the day of the ceremony at the graduand assembly venue.
The names of the students receiving academic honors are identified in the commencement program and on the official academic transcript.
Please note that only students who have completed ALL of their degree program requirements, will be issued the Honors cord. If you are walking (i.e., you are within six (6) credits of completing the requirements), you will NOT be issued an Honors cord.
Undergraduate Student Organization (USO) Cords
USO cords will be distributed on the week leading up to the ceremony. The venue will be announced via your SGU student email. Please contact your USO President/s to ensure that your name is on the list.
School of Medicine Honors
There are four designations for which graduands will receive honor cords: SGA representative, Gold Humanism Honor Society member, Iota Epsilon Alpha Honor Society member, and Research Designation.
School of Veterinary Medicine Honors
There are three designations for which graduands will receive honor cords: SGA Representative, Phi Zeta and VBMA.
Diplomas will either be mailed or can be collected on campus, once the Office of the Registrar has cleared you. The diploma that you receive on stage is a replica, designed to look attractive for the purpose of the ceremony.
Diploma frames and other SGU apparel are available for purchase online. Items will not be sold on graduation day. You may purchase SGU merchandise at sgu.promoshop.com.
School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine graduates may choose to have a parent or spouse hood him/her on the day of the ceremony. This person MUST have a medical degree. A copy of license or diploma should be provided with your request. Your request should be communicated on your Graduation Ceremony Form. We will NOT accept hooders the day of the ceremony. Hooders will also require a ticket.