Checklist for Graduates

Check your status for graduation and the application schedule.

Apply for graduation at least two (2) semesters early.

Attend Grad Finale

Grad Finale is a one-stop-shop for students who will graduate in May. During Grad Finale, you can pick up your cap & gown check your graduation status, order your class ring, purchase graduation announcements, enjoy complimentary refreshments and much more!

Also, a professional photographer will be on hand to take photos of you in your cap and gown, courtesy of the Campus Store.

Order Your Cap and Gown


Pick up your Tickets

Guests will be required to have tickets to attend the graduation ceremony. Graduates will receive five (5) tickets for their graduation ceremony. The availability of additional tickets is limited and will be given on a first come first served basis. Beginning Monday, April 30th, graduates may request a maximum of two (2) additional tickets, in person, to the Registrar's Office on the Cochran or Macon Campus.

Transcripts and Diplomas

By June 15, 2018, your degree will be posted to your academic history. As of that day, you may request your transcript online following the standard process as detailed by the by the Registrar's Office.

Appropriate Dress

  • Professional attire is appropriate for the ceremony. Preferred attire is dark clothing and shoes.
  • You will be standing and walking on hard flooring. You are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
  • You will be walking on jointed staging. Keep this in mind when selecting shoes.

Event Location: Macon Recreation and Wellness Center

Macon Wellness Center
100 University Parkway
Macon, GA 31206

  Graduation Campus Map

Graduates Arrival and Check-In:

  • For the 9:00 a.m. ceremony, you should plan to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. Park in the *East Parking Lot.
  • For the 1:00 p.m. ceremony, you should plan to arrive no later than *11:30 a.m. Park in the *East Parking Lot.
  • For the 4:00 p.m. ceremony, you should plan to arrive no later than *3:00 p.m. Park in the *East Parking Lot.
  • Report to the lobby of the Student Life Center on the Macon Campus for directions to your check-in station.
  • If you have mobility, visual or hearing impairment or if you need any special assistance, please notify the Allen Chastain in the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible.

*East Parking Lot is located in front of the Student Life Building.

*11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. - Guests from the previously scheduled ceremony will be exiting the area, so please be patient and respectful to those leaving while finding your seats. 

Line-Up, Processional and Recessional

  • Faculty marshals will assist you in lining up by degree and in alphabetical order.
  • Regarding the processional (march in) and recessional (march out), you will follow Faculty Marshals from your academic school in to and out of the arena.

The Ceremony

  • Be prepared for the ceremony to last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • You may be photographed/videotaped by local media. Remove your gum before the processional.

Live Streaming Online

Live streaming of the Graduation Ceremony will be available for viewing over the Internet from any location in the world. This is an excellent viewing option for family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend Graduation. The link to the broadcast is www.mga.edu/live.