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Commencement Ceremony Information

2018 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 4, 10:30 AM
Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504
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A few words about the Commencement Facility, Free Chapel:
Free Chapel is a state-of-art-facility; their desire is to share the facility with the community. Free Chapel is a smoke-free environment (vapes and e-cigs included), both indoors and outdoors. Please be aware of this and share this information with your guests. The smoke-free environment policy will be enforced.

  • No strollers
  • No balloons or flowers inside the building
  • Guests must arrive between 9:40AM and 10:20AM. No one will be seated before or after those times.

Are tickets required?
No, tickets are not required. Free Chapel offers us space enough to accommodate as many guests as you would like to invite.

Who is eligible to participate?
Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diploma, and Technical Certificate of Credit students who complete their programs during Summer Semester 2017, Fall Semester 2017, or Spring Semester 2018 are eligible to participate.

How do I register to participate in the ceremony?
The deadline to register for this year’s Commencement Ceremony was March 30, 2018.

Mandatory Commencement Meeting - Cap and Gown Distribution

Barrow - Tuesday, April 10 6:00 PM
  *Jackson graduates also attend this meeting
Forsyth - Wednesday, April 11 6:00 PM
  *Dawson graduates also attend this meeting
Oakwood - Thursday, April 12 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM

How do I know if I am eligible to participate?
An Application for Graduation must be completed by each potential graduate. For timing purposes, we have deadlines that are set two weeks from the beginning of Returning Student Advisement Week each semester (see academic calendar). Students should apply for graduation when they register for their anticipated last semester. This allows the Registrar’s Office time to process the request and notify the student of the results via email.

Is there a deadline to apply for Commencement?
If you wish to participate in the 2018 Commencement Ceremony, your Application for Graduation and your Commencement Ceremony Registration Form must be received by the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.

What does the $40 Graduation Fee cover?
The Graduation Fee helps cover the cost of the student cap, gown, and tassel, as well as rental fees for the facility. The actual cost incurred exceeds $40. Additional funding for the Commencement Ceremony is provided by the Student Government Association and the Student Activity Fees you pay each semester.

When is the $40 Graduation Fee due?
The Graduation Fee is due no later than March 30, 2018. This will ensure that your cap and gown order is placed and received in time for the ceremony. Payments can be made in BannerWeb, at any of our campuses, or by phone with the Business Office at 770-533-6909. You must have received confirmation that your registration form was received before you can pay the Graduation Fee.

Do I need to attend Rehearsal?
Because Commencement is held in the morning, we do not have a scheduled rehearsal. This means it is even more important that students attend one of the Mandatory Commencement Meetings scheduled in April.

How do I get information about Class Rings, Personalized Graduation Announcements, Graduation Accessories, and Collegiate Frames?
A representative from Herff Jones will be at Lanier Tech on scheduled dates.

Campus Visits are scheduled for: TBA

You may also visit the Herff Jones website to view items and place your order at: (The site will open in early Spring 2018 to accept orders.)

Will there be professional photos taken during Commencement?

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your complimentary proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Pre-registering is a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your proofs as quickly as possible. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit

What type of notification will graduates receive?
Students who are eligible to participate in the ceremony will be contacted by student email with information and a link to this page and the registration form.

A reminder postcard is scheduled for mailing mid-March, 2018. This postcard will include the schedule and locations for cap and gown pick-up.

Do you need special accommodations or assistance to participate in the ceremony? Do you have a guest who may need special accommodations?
Individuals with disabilities requiring assistance or accommodation to participate in the Commencement Ceremony should contact Mallory Safley at 770-533-7003 or no later than Monday, April 23, 2018.

Graduation is a very special time. We encourage you to enjoy your accomplishment, reflect on the time spent pursuing your degree, diploma or certificate, but look forward to the exciting future of endless possibilities.

Graduation is not the end of your journey…’s only the beginning!

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