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 Spring Graduate Commencement. To register, click here, choose “College of Education & Human Development” from the drop-down menu and fill out the registration form.
The deadline to register for the ceremony is Friday, May 3.
All graduates must be checked in and present in the student holding room by 9:30 a.m.; graduates arriving after that may not be permitted to march. Important instructions about the ceremony will be given to students at that time and we will then begin lining up for the processional.
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.
The deadline to purchase Ed.D. regalia is March 1; the deadline to rent Ed.D. regalia is March 26.
To rent Georgia State regalia, visit the Herff Jones website, choose the “Cap and Gown for All Graduates” option and follow the instructions. You can also place your rental order in person at the Georgia State University Commencement Fair, scheduled for March 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center East Ballroom.
There are two regalia ordering periods:
- All orders placed before Feb. 18 will be available for pickup at the Commencement Fair on March 25-26.
- All orders placed from Feb. 19-March 26 will be available for pickup at the University Bookstore beginning May 1.
The last day to order regalia is Tuesday, March 26.
To purchase Georgia State 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 March 1 to ensure it arrives before Spring Graduate Commencement on May 7.
Paul Messier, the university’s Herff Jones representative, will be at the Georgia State University Bookstore from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates to answer Ed.D. candidates’ questions about regalia and help place orders:
- Tuesday, Jan. 22
- Wednesday, Jan. 23
- Wednesday, Feb. 13
- Thursday, Feb. 14
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.
On the day of the ceremony, please come dressed in your gown and as a reminder, please do not bring extra items with you. 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.
When you arrive, please send your family and friends directly to the ceremony room 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.
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 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.