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Applying for Graduation

An application for graduation must be filed with the Graduate School no later than Friday of the second full week (the first full week for summer) of classes in the semester of the anticipated graduation date. Graduation Application forms may be found on the Graduate School's web site.

Notice of Examination

Students are required to submit the Notice of Examination form via online survey ( at least three (3) weeks prior to their examination (Oral, Defense, or Comprehensive Exams). In order to reserve a room for an examination or defense, check room calendars & layouts here and then email For graduating students, an Exit Interview is required. If the Exit Interview date is not set at the time of the submission of the Notice of Examination form, please email the date and time of your scheduled Exit Interview to

Exit Questionnaire and Exit Interview

Exit Questionnaire and Exit Interview are a required part of the graduation process. The Exit Questionnaire must be submitted at the exit interview, which is conducted by two members of the Warnell Graduate Student Association. To schedule your interview, you must contact the WGSA president.

Late Filing of Graduation Forms

A graduate student who misses a graduation application deadline by failing to file the Application for Graduation, Advisory Committee Form, and/or completed Program of Study Form will have the option of paying a single fee of $50 (check or money order in U.S. dollars) for late processing of all required forms. A completed Late Filing for Graduation Form, all required graduation forms, and the late fee payment must be submitted to the Graduate School Office of Enrolled Student Services within 45 calendar days of the original deadline. After the 45 day late period, no students will be added to the commencement roster for the current semester.

Changing Graduation Date

To request that Enrolled Student Services change your graduation date if you are unable to complete degree requirements, you should complete the Graduation Change Form. This graduation change form is for your convenience. You may turn in this paper form or e-mail us at if you wish to change your current date to a subsequent one.

UGA Commencement Ceremonies

The Graduate School outlines instructions on UGA's Commencement Ceremony, detailing information on:

  • Invitations
  • Academic Attire
  • Commencement Program
  • The Academic Procession
  • Assembly Location Map and Instructions
  • Recognition of Candidates
  • Conclusion of the Ceremony
  • Graduates Needing Handicap Access to Participate in the Ceremony
  • Parking and Entrance for Disabled and Elderly Visitors
  • Parking
  • Diplomas

Warnell Graduation Reception

A recognition is held for Warnell undergraduate and graduate students at Noon on the day of graduation. Graduates will be contacted by Emily Saunders to determine whether they will attend and how many family members will accompany them.