Graduate Commencement Information for Ed.D. Students
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree candidates will be recognized individually at the College of Education & Human Development’s Graduate Commencement.
Registration is required to participate in the College of Education & Human Development’s Graduate Commencement. To register, fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page.
The deadline to register for the ceremony is Friday, Dec. 13.
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 miss the formal processional and seating with their degree group. Important instructions about the ceremony will be given to students and the line up for the processional will happen at this time.
At registration, you will be given a blue card with your name, degree information, and the name of your major professor 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 Ed.D. graduates participating in Graduate Commencement 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.
All students who are participating will be required to wear the official Georgia State graduation regalia.
Graduation regalia is required to participate in Fall Graduate Commencement. Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) candidates can either rent or purchase Georgia State regalia.
- To rent regalia, visit the Herff Jones website, choose the “Cap and Gown for All Graduates (Includes Doctoral)” option and follow the instructions. Students can also place rental orders in person at the Georgia State University Commencement Fair, scheduled for Oct. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center East Ballroom. All orders placed before Sept. 18 will be available for pickup at the Commencement Fair on Oct. 22-23; all orders placed from Sept. 19-Nov. 1 will be available for pickup at the University Bookstore starting Dec. 5. The deadline to rent regalia is Nov. 1, 2019.
- To purchase regalia, visit the Herff Jones website, choose the “Purchase Doctoral Regalia” option and follow the instructions. To receive $100 off your regalia purchase, please use the code “GSUEDD100.” Ed.D. students who want to purchase their regalia must place their order by Oct. 15 to ensure it arrives before Fall Graduate Commencement.
Paul Messier, the university’s Herff Jones representative, will be at the Georgia State University Bookstore Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Oct. 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer Ed.D. candidates’ questions about regalia and help place orders.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding regalia, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Graduate Commencement staff will not have extra tassels, caps or other items on the day of the ceremony. Also, the University Bookstore will not be present with regalia inventory at the Rialto. Therefore, please be sure to check that you have all parts of your regalia before you arrive. You do not need to wear your hood upon arrival, but please make sure you have your hood 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.
This is not a ticketed event. We anticipate having ample seating for the ceremony; seating in the lower level of the theater is available on a first come, first served basis.
When you arrive, please send your family and friends directly to the theater for seating. The theater doors will open at 9 a.m. It is imperative that you and your guests arrive on time and please refrain from saving seats for latecomers.
Please alert your guests that the Ed.D. hooding and recognition is the first recognition for the ceremony. Therefore, arriving early and on time is very important, so they will not miss your recognition.
If you or your guests need any special accommodations, please contact us as soon as possible at email@example.com so we may address your needs.
Photographers from Grad Images will take an individual shot of you, and a shot of you with your major advisor, as you walk across and exit the stage during the hooding and recognition.
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 Georgia State student e-mail address, please be sure to check your account in the weeks following the ceremony.
Additional candid photos of the ceremony will be posted to the College of Education & Human Development’s social media accounts and e-mailed to graduates.
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.
The College of Education & Human Development considers its doctoral candidates hooding at Graduate Commencement to be a very special occasion. It signifies the culmination of doctoral studies and the transition from candidate to colleague; it is and should be an important moment for those involved. We want to help make the moment meaningful and have it transpire smoothly.
Because the hooding ceremony occurs at Graduate Commencement in front of a large audience and requires a series of movements, below are instructions for those who will participate. Although the instructions are intended for the graduating doctoral candidate, the major professor may find them helpful as well.
- At Graduate Commencement, you will be asked to approach the stage with other doctoral candidates. At this point, you carry your hood draped over your forearm. You will be accompanied by your major professor, who will assist the designated person with your hooding. The designated person who will hood you is Dr. Walt Thompson, associate dean for graduate studies and research.
- When you near the stage, change the position of your hood. Place your hands together, pointing outward, with the hood resting over your hands. The button loop at the neck will face upward and outward, away from you. The colored silk portion of the hood will face inward, toward you.
- Once you are close to the stage, you will hand your card to the name reader. You will then proceed to the center of the stage, as will your major professor. Stand between your major professor and Dr. Thompson, facing the audience. (You can use the printed set of footprints on the stage floor as a guide for where to stand.)
- Dr. Thompson will open the hood, lift it over your head, place it at your collar and drape the length of the hood down your back. (Depending on your height, you may need to stoop slightly.) Your major professor will also help put your hood over your head and in place. Smile and enjoy the moment.
- You will turn to face Dr. Thompson and shake hands. Then turn and face your major professor to shake hands. This is a special moment to acknowledge the mentoring relationship you have shared with your major professor.
- The major professor will shake hands with Dr. Thompson, and then both you and your major professor will proceed across the stage and shake hands with Dean Paul Alberto and the chair of your department. Both will be standing near the gift table, which will be located on the stage.
- After you have shaken their hands and exited the stage, you will pose for an individual photo, and also a photo with your major professor – both will be taken by Grad Images Photography. Then, you can return to your seat.
Some Don’ts of Hooding
- Don’t position your hood draped over your forearm or clutch the hood as you approach the center of the stage. This makes it difficult for Dr. Thompson to grasp the hood properly and impedes the process.
- Don’t spin around. You will make fairly subtle movements during the process, turning from your major professor and Dr. Thompson to face the audience for the hood placement, and then turning to shake hands. Allow your major professor and Dr. Thompson to guide your movements.
- Don’t remove your cap.
If you have any questions regarding Graduate Commencement and your hooding, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-413-8131.