College of Education Convocation

COE Convocation

Congratulations Class of 2014!

Celebrate your accomplishments at
the College of Education Spring Convocation Ceremony

Friday, May 9, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Georgia State Sports Arena

This convocation is for all spring and summer undergraduate, master’s and education specialist candidates.

All College of Education Ph.D. candidates will participate in a separate hooding ceremony.

Attire: Please remember that all students who are participating will be required to wear an appropriate graduation cap and robe, either the official Georgia State robe or a plain black graduation gown.

If you ordered your regalia prior to February 17, you may pick up your orders at the university’s Spring Commencement Fair, scheduled for Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall (100 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta).

If you placed your order after February 17 or would still like to order GSU regalia, you may place your orders online with Herff Jones at through midnight of the last day of the Commencement Fair (April 1), or in person at the fair. All orders placed during this period will be available for pick up at the bookstore May 7-9, 2014.

Degree candidates who would like to exercise the option to wear a plain black graduation gown, you may buy one from a variety of sources, including Ebay, Craig’s List or vendors such as or Please note that you are shopping at your own risk on these additional sites, so plan ahead to ensure your regalia is shipped in time. Please don’t forget to order the cap as well.

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 would like all degree candidates who want to participate to do so.

Faculty will participate in the graduate processional and recessional and will have reserved seating for the ceremony. To RSVP, please register online by May 7, 2014.

Important Reminders:

  • Check-in will be from 2-3:30 p.m. in the West Exhibit Area in the Urban Life building. All faculty must be in the West Exhibit Area by 3:30 p.m. for instructions and to assemble for the processional.
  • We kindly ask that all faculty participating in Convocation please leave their valuables with guests or prepare to take valuables with them during the procession. Note: The College of Education is not responsible for any valuables left unattended in the West Exhibit Area.
  • Faculty are required to wear graduation regalia to the ceremony. To order regalia, please contact the University Bookstore.
  • If you arrive after the ceremony has begun, please see an usher stationed at the doors for seating.
To register for the College of Education’s Spring Convocation Ceremony, please fill out and submit this RSVP form. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of this information. If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail and we will do our best to address your query.
Please plan to arrive at the GSU Student Center between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Once graduates/degree candidates check in, they will be asked to report to the designated holding room for the procession. Graduates arriving after 3:45 p.m. may not be permitted to march. Please send your family and friends directly to the Sports Arena for seating. The ceremony will start at 4 p.m.

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 robe. Note: The College of Education is not responsible for any valuables left unattended in the designated holding room or Sports Arena.

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. Additional candid photos of the ceremony will be posted to the College of Education’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. 

Jocelyn Dorsey will serve as the guest speaker for Spring Convocation.

Dorsey has served as director of editorials and public affairs at WSB-TV Channel 2 since 1983. From 1973-83, she was an anchor/reporter/producer and assignment editor for WSB-TV’s Channel 2 Action News. She was the first African-American anchor of a Channel 2 newscast as well as the first African-American news anchor in the Atlanta market. Her current responsibilities at WSB-TV include research, writing and production of editorials broadcast by WSB-TV Vice President and General Manager Tim McVay. Dorsey is also executive producer and host of People 2 People, a weekly half-hour public affairs program which is broadcast at 6:30 a.m. Sunday mornings on Channel 2. She supervises the selection, creation and marketing efforts for all special events and community outreach programs for the Family 2 Family Project; WSB-TV public service projects, Channel 2 Speaker’s Bureau, and Tours. In addition, she is a producer, writer, and narrator for various corporate and non-profit organization videos.

Dorsey has won numerous awards for her work with WSB-TV, including seven Southeast Regional Emmys for Editorial Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Among her personal honors, she was the first African-American inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle, for more than 25 years in the field of journalism. She was also the first woman and first African-American to receive the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Broadcaster’s Citizen of the Year Award, a lifetime-achievement award.

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.

The Sports Arena will be open to guests at 2 p.m. Guests will not need tickets to enter and will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. Please let us know if your guests will need wheelchair seating by sending a message to

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

The ceremony will last approximately 1 ½ hours to 2 hours.

Please check this site often for ceremony updates.

Questions may be addressed to

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