Fall 2020 Ceremony FAQ

We will celebrate our spring, summer, and fall graduates at the Fall 2020 Commencement ceremony in December. To review our general ceremony questions select the link below.

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Will I still earn my degree if I don't walk?

Yes, students will still earn their degrees and be able to graduate in their designated semester, consistent with academic standards. 


Will I still receive my diploma?

Yes, diplomas will mailed 8 weeks after degrees are conferred. Students are encouraged to check their diploma mailing address in OSCAR. If you have a question about your diploma mailing address or need to update, please email diplomas@registrar.gatech.edu

What if I’m unable to attend the Fall 2020 ceremony?

All 2020 graduates will have the option to apply to walk in the Spring 2021 ceremony. Information regarding the spring semester ceremonies will be published in January 2021.

Will bachelor's students still receive their honor cords? Will doctoral students still receive their hood?

2020 graduates have multiple options to receive their honor cords. Students who are local are encouraged to pick up their honor cords at the President’s Graduation Celebration on Friday, Nov. 20, during their ceremony, or from the Commencement Office between December 14 to 17. We are unable to accommodate any in-person pick ups outside of these time frame.

Graduates who are no longer on campus may select to have their honor cords mailed to them. Cords will not mail until February. Those who live within a 20 mile radius of campus will have to pick-up their cords in person.

Graduates can find the Honor Cord Distribution Form Here

I'm a Fall 2019 graduate who applied to participate in the Spring 2020 ceremony. Will I be included in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 ceremony?

Students who applied for a late walk in Spring 2020 will have the option to participate in the Fall 2020 ceremony. Students will be required to RSVP for the Fall 2020 ceremony to participate. The Commencement Office will reach out to these students to coordinate. 

How many tickets will I receive for the Fall 2020 ceremony?

Ticketing information for our Fall 2020 ceremony can be found on our ticketing page

I RSVPed for the ceremony but can no longer attend. Can I give my tickets to another student?

By registering for guest tickets, you are indicating your participation in the Fall 2020 ceremony. If you elect to not attend, your guest tickets will be voided. Students may not register to attend to receive tickets on behalf of another student.

Will you have options for me to participate virtually?

The Commencement Office is considering creative options to involve graduates who are unable to attend the ceremony in person. We will stream all ceremonies live at commencement.gatech.edu for anyone unable to attend.  

What changes can I expect to the fall ceremony to accommodate public health guidelines?

All of our ceremony modifications will be listed on our venue and ceremony information page.

    When will you provide information about the Spring 2021 ceremony?

    Information for our Spring 2021 ceremony will be published in January 2021. 

    Will you mix spring, summer, and fall graduates in each ceremony?

    Some ceremonies are a mix of different semesters. View our ceremony composition on our schedule page. 

    Can I walk this December and return to walk with my friends in Spring 2021?

    Students may only participate in one commencement ceremony and will be required to communicate their preference to the Commencement Office by the end of that semester’s RSVP period . Details on registration will be available at the start of each semester.

    If I'm a Fall 2020 graduate, do I have to participate in the December ceremony?

    No, Fall 2020 graduates may elect to participate in a later ceremony. Students will have the option to register an email address with the Commencement Office to stay in touch and receive ceremony updates to return at a later date.