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Commencement Ceremony Information

2017 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 5, 10:30 AM
Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504
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How do I view or order the photographs taken during Commencement? Professional photography of our Commencement Ceremony was provided by GradImages. You may view proofs and order photo packages at: Graduates, after you enter your last name, Lanier Technical College, and 2017, you will need to click “Find My Photos.”

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, both indoors and outdoors. Please be aware of this and share this information with your guests. The smoke-free environment policy will be enforced.

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 2016, Fall Semester 2016, or Spring Semester 2017 are eligible to participate.

How do I register to participate in the ceremony?
The deadline to register for the Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony was March 9, 2017. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 678-341-6616 with any questions.

Mandatory Commencement Meeting - Cap and Gown Distribution

Barrow - Tuesday, April 11 6:00 PM
  *Jackson graduates also attend this meeting
Forsyth - Wednesday, April 12 6:00 PM
  *Dawson graduates also attend this meeting
Oakwood - Thursday, April 13 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 Registration 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 2017 Commencement Ceremony, your Application for Graduation must be received by the Registrar's Office no later than Thursday, March 9, 2017.

What does the $35 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 $35. 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 $35 Graduation Fee due?
The Graduation Fee is due no later than March 9, 2017. This will ensure your cap and gown order may be placed and received in time for the Ceremony. Payments can be made in BannerWeb, at any of our campuses, or you may pay by phone to the Business Office at 770-533-6909.

Do I need to attend Rehearsal?
Because graduation will be held in the morning this year, 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. Typically visits are made to the Oakwood and Forsyth Campuses in the Fall and Spring Semesters, and the Winder-Barrow Campus Spring Semester.

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 2017 to accept orders.)

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

A reminder post card is scheduled for mailing mid-March, 2017. This post card 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 24, 2017.

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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