Do family members and guests need tickets to attend the Commencement ceremony?
Tickets are no longer required for our Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies. For more information, visit our tickets page.
Venue and Ceremony
Will you stream the ceremony online?
Yes. Family and friends may view our Commencement ceremony online through our live webcast. Information will appear on our website the week prior to the ceremony. We begin streaming 30 minutes prior to ceremony start.
Visit the More Ways to View the Ceremony page for more details.
Can you confirm my attendance at Commencement?
The Commencement Office is unable to confirm any RSVPs. If you have completed the online form, know that your spot has been reserved and you may walk for Commencement.
What time do the venue doors open?
Approximately 60 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.
How long does the ceremony usually last?
Most of our ceremonies last approximately two and a half hours. The Ph.D. ceremony lasts approximately one and a half hours. View our ceremony schedule for more information.
Will concessions be available?
Yes, limited concessions will be available in the venue. No outside food or beverages are allowed.
How do I order photos taken at the ceremony?
GradImages is proud to be your official graduation photographer. Proofs of your formal and candid photos will be sent via email the week after your Commencement. You can also view and order your images directly online after the ceremony. Gifts, thank you cards, and other digital images for sharing via social media are also available.
Take 20% off your entire photo order when you pre-register for your event.
Parents and Guests
We have a guest with special needs. Is there anything we need to do to make arrangements?
My parents live out of the country and need a visa to attend Commencement. Can Georgia Tech provide an invitation letter?
Georgia Tech does not issue invitation letters for Commencement; however, a copy of your degree status report should work to prove your matriculation through Tech.
Does Georgia Tech host an Institute-wide celebration event for graduates and their families?
Yes. Graduates and their families are encouraged to attend the President’s Graduation Celebration. Admission is free.
Accessibility and Special Needs
Where is ADA seating located? Can my guests be on the floor?
ADA seating is located throughout the venue. Wheelchair seating is concentrated in the north end zone of Bobby Dodd. All of our ADA seating is located on concourse level, looking down on the stage.
Are wheelchairs available at the venue?
No, unfortunately we do not have any at the venue. Please read our Accessibility and Special Needs page for suggestions on how to rent one from a third-party vendor.
Is there a limit for ADA seats for each party?
We do not enforce a strict limit, as we recognize different families have different needs. Each ADA request will receive one companion seat. However, we ask that guests do not request more than they need to help us accommodate as many people as possible. Companions may be relocated within the ADA section to help us accommodate ADA patrons.
I already know I have a guest requiring special seating. Can I reserve a seat for them now?
Guests may only request access at McCamish Pavilion inside the concourse. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Does the person requiring the handicap seat need to be the one to request it?
No, anyone from the party may request on their behalf.
I would like all of my guests to be seated together. Can this be arranged?
Our staff will work with guests to try to ensure families are seated in the same section, but most guests will not be able to sit on the same row. Due to high demand, ADA seats will only be given to the family member in need and one companion seat.
Can I choose which section my guest is assigned to?
Students will be able to select a seating zone when they claim their tickets. You will not be able to select a specific seat. Suites are not available.
Are ADA seats in addition to my allotted tickets?
No, these are not additional tickets for students.
My guests are arriving at different times for the ceremony. What should I do?
When your first guests arrive, have them speak with Guest Services about the situation. They will be able to provide the most accurate advice and assistance based on your guest’s needs and expected arrival time.
General Graduation Questions
I have a question about my diploma.
I am a summer graduate and heard it is discontinued. What do I do?
While you will still graduate in summer, you will now be invited to participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony. Visit summer graduate information for more details. The Commencement Office will contact petitioned summer graduates in May with further instructions.
Those students expected to have less than two classes will have the opportunity to participate in Spring Commencement. View the new policy and requirements here. Request forms to walk during Spring Commencement are due in mid-March.
I have multiple faculty advisors. Can I invite all of them to attend?
Yes. When you RSVP to the ceremony, you will have a blank field to enter additional faculty advisors. Please remember to provide the same information for each advisor (name, email, and department).
What is the difference between graduation and Commencement?
Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on a student’s official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.