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Convocation FAQs

Yes, Convocation and Commencement are two separate ceremonies.

The University Commencements recognize candidates receiving bachelor's degrees, while the College of Education & Human Development Convocation recognizes master's, specialist and doctor of education (Ed.D.) candidates.

The College of Education & Human Development’s Spring Convocation will be held in the Georgia State University Sports Arena (125 Decatur St. S.E., Atlanta). For directions, click here.
Spring Convocation will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

Spring Convocation is for all spring master’s, educational specialist and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) candidates.

All College of Education and Human Development undergraduate and Ph.D. candidates will participate in separate ceremonies. For more information about those ceremonies, please visit

Yes, registration is required to participate in the College of Education & Human Development’s Spring Convocation Ceremony. The registration deadline (April 28) has passed; if you have questions about participating, please e-mail with "Spring Convocation RSVP" in the subject line.

All students who are participating will be required to wear the official Georgia State cap and gown, which can be ordered at this link: You must wear regalia to participate in the ceremony.

There are two regalia ordering windows:

  • If you ordered your regalia before Feb. 16, it will be available for pick-up during the university’s Commencement Fair, which will be held March 20-21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both days in the Student Center East Ballroom.
  • All regalia orders made between Feb. 16 and March 21, including orders made at the Commencement Fair, will be available for pick-up May 1-6 from the Georgia State Bookstore, located at 66 Courtland St. SE (3rd floor, Student Center West).

The final date that all regalia must be ordered is March 21.

If you have any issues or concerns regarding regalia, please contact or call 404-413-8131 as soon as possible so we may help you. The College of Education & Human Development would like all degree candidates who want to participate to do so.


If you are a member of Kappa Delta Pi and need to pick up KDP cords, please visit

If you need cords from any other student organizations or groups, please check with a representative from your respective organizations.

Due to construction and heavy traffic expected, please plan to arrive at the Sports Arena early to check in. Graduates must check in between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Sports Arena.

  • Graduates should enter the Sports Arena on the first floor and take the stairs or elevator to the 4th floor.
  • Guests should enter the Sports Arena by using the escalators outside the Sports Arena. Those unable to use the escalators can enter on the first floor and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, where the ceremony will take place.

All graduates must be checked in and present in the student holding room by 10 a.m.; graduates arriving after 10 a.m. may not be permitted to march. Important instructions about the ceremony will be given to students and we will then begin lining up for the processional.

Please wear your robe and bring your cap, honor cord, etc. Do not bring extra items to the holding room. You will not be allowed to march in the processional with extra possessions. Ladies, please limit your purse to a small clutch or shoulder bag worn discreetly under your robeNote: The College of Education & Human Development is not responsible for any valuables left unattended in the designated holding area or ceremony room.

At registration, you will be given a colored card with your name and degree information on it. Hold on to this card because you will give it to the announcer during the ceremony for your recognition. If you have a spelling correction or want to confirm the pronunciation of your name, please see the announcer, who will be located in the holding area with you.

Family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. Students may invite unlimited guests; however, we must have an RSVP for each person attending. Please be sure to confirm the number of guests attending when you register for Convocation.

Guests will not need tickets to enter and will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. The arena will open the doors at 9 a.m. for guests to find seats.

Please ask your guests to plan for ample time to arrive and park in order to be on time. Driving and parking directions can be found here.

The ceremony will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.

No, Convocation attendees will not need tickets. However, please remind your guests that seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Photographers from Grad Images will take photos of each student as they walk across and exit the stage during our Convocation ceremony. Representatives will reach out to all students via mail and/or e-mail in the days following the ceremony with a passport-sized photo proof, along with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages. Please remember to check your GSU e-mail account in the weeks following Convocation for this information. There is no obligation to purchase these photos. Additional candid photos of the ceremony will be posted to the College of Education and Human Development’s Flickr account.

Please note: Grad Images agrees to protect students’ right to privacy by not selling or providing the names and addresses of our candidates for graduation to another company for any purpose.