College student wearing regalia shakes hands with a faculty member in regalia at Convocation

Information for CEHD Students

Registration

Registration is required to participate in the College of Education & Human Development’s Fall Convocation Ceremony. To register, please visit http://commencement.gsu.edu and click on the “Registration for Attendance” tab.

Please note: Fall Convocation is open to (M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed. and M.S.), educational specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) candidates only.

  • Bachelor’s degree candidates in all colleges are invited to attend the University Commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion; College of Education & Human Development bachelor’s degree candidates will be recognized at the 10 a.m. ceremony that day.
  • Ph.D. degree candidates are invited to attend the Ph.D. Commencement and Hooding Ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Rialto Center for the Arts.

More information about each of the university ceremonies can be found at http://commencement.gsu.edu.

Arrival and Check-In

Graduate check-in begins promptly at 8:30 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 9:30 a.m.; graduates arriving after 9:30 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.

At registration, you will be given a card with your name and degree information on it. Hold on to this card – 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 room with you.

We kindly ask that all degree candidates participating in Convocation please leave their valuables with guests or prepare to take valuables with them during the procession. 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 robe. Note: The College of Education & Human Development is not responsible for any valuables left unattended in the designated holding room or ceremony room.

Regalia

All students who are participating will be required to wear the official Georgia State graduation regalia.

If you would like to order GSU regalia, you can either place your order online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/georgiastate or in person at the Georgia State University Commencement Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Student Center East Ballroom. All orders placed now through Nov. 1 can be picked up at the University Bookstore Dec. 5-12. The final day to order regalia is Nov. 1.

If you have any issues or concerns regarding regalia, please contact cehdconvocation@gsu.edu 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.

On the day of the ceremony, please come dressed in your regalia and as a reminder, please do not bring extra items with you. Note: The College of Education & Human Development is not responsible for any valuables left unattended in the designated holding room or ceremony room.

Ceremony

When you arrive, please send your family and friends directly to the 3rd floor of the Sports Arena for seating. It is imperative that you and your guests arrive on time. There are no tickets needed for guests to enter the ceremony and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

If you or your guests need any special accommodations, please contact us as soon as possible at cehdconvocation@gsu.edu so we may address your needs.

Cords

If you are a member of Kappa Delta Pi and need to order KDP cords, please visit www.kdp.org.

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

Photography

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. There is no obligation to purchase these photos. You will be given the opportunity to provide an e-mail address at registration for Grad Images to contact you. If you would prefer Grad Images use your GSU student e-mail address, please be sure to check your account in the weeks following the ceremony.

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.

Additional candid photos of the ceremony will be posted to the College of Education & Human Development’s Flickr account.

Guests are allowed to take photos and video during the event; however, no tripods are allowed.