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Summer 2014 Commencement
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 am (Undergraduates and Graduates)
Location: Johnny Mize Athletic Center
Commencement Participation Form Due: June 9


Applying for Graduation
Students are required to apply for graduation either upon registering for their Capstone/Senior Seminar or by the posted deadline (whichever comes first). Applications must be accompanied by an advisement checksheet and signed by the Dean of the student's major. Late applications are not accepted for Summer semesters. A $100 late fee is added to the application fee for those applying after the deadlines in Fall and Spring semesters.

Application Fees
EdD - $125
EdS and Masters - $100
Undergraduates - $75


Application Deadlines
Spring 2014 -January 24, 2014
Summer 2014 - April 1, 2014

Commencement Exercises
Piedmont College holds three graduation ceremonies (or commencement exercises) each Academic Year.
Each year's class consists of students graduating in December, May, and July.
Example: The Class of 2013 are graduates from Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013.

The Big Day...
Students should arrive at the Athletic Center 45 minutes before the ceremony. There will be signs and college employees to direct you where to go. Do not bring hand bags, totes, gifts, cameras, or other personal items with you. You should wear "Sunday dress" clothing underneath your gown. Please do not decorate your cap. We will have staff members to assist Graduate Students with their hoods. Once you are dressed, you will find your name along the wall in order by degree and last name. You will be instructed further on that day. Your name will be called out as it is printed on your diploma. If you have concerns about the pronunciation of your name, you may write it phonetically on your name card at Commencement.

There is no limit, but seating in the gym will be "first come, first served." Handicapped parking is available to guests and officers will be directing traffic. Strollers must be parked, and are not allowed inside the gym. A shuttle bus will transport people to the gym from parking lots on campus. Please escort crying children to a quiet place as to not disturb the ceremony.

Latin Honors
(Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude)
are only awarded to Undergraduate Students who meet requirements (see page 50 of the 12-13 catalog). Students find out at Commencement. Graduate students (Masters, Specialists, Doctorates) do not receive any cords or medallions. If you are receiving a Latin Honor, please visit the Registrar's table located in the dressing room of the Athletic Center at Commencement. Most honor societies (Alpha Chi, Simga Tau Delta, etc...) will distribute cords/medals prior to graduation. Do not wear medals or cords to Baccalaureate. Please do not call our office to inquire about honors. We cannot calculate Latin honors until the day before Commencement. All postsecondary coursework is used in the calculation.
If you would like to calculate your own GPA, visit this web site:

Class rings and announcements
Class rings and announcements are optional. There will be packages available when you go to order regalia, but you may choose "order your cap and gown" if you do not want announcements or extras. You may order rings and announcements on-line directly from Herff-Jones by accessing their web site at: Herff-Jones representatives visit campus throughout the year, and our College Bookstore also sells the Herff-Jones products.

are distributed at Commencement. Students who do not attend Commencement will receive their diplomas in the mail the following week (if they have sent in their completed Graduation Participation Forms). If students have outstanding financial obligations, library books, or missing transcripts, they will not receive their diplomas at Commencement. Diplomas measure 8.5 x 11 inches (except for the EdD diplomas which are 11 x 14). They are not available in other sizes, and we'll only issue one diploma per student. If you receive a diploma with an error on it, please let a staff member know immediately so it can be re-printed. 

Commencement Participation Forms
must be filled out and returned to the Registrar's Office by the deadline - whether you plan to attend or not. If you do not respond by the deadline, you will not be allowed to attend commencement. Participation forms are mailed to all students graduating, but may also be found online:

Forms are due by June 9!

Caps and Gowns (Academic Regalia)

The term "academic regalia" refers to caps, robes, hoods, and tassels worn by graduates. Regalia must be ordered online: There is no charge for ordering your regalia if you choose the option "order your cap and gown." Regalia will be available for pick up at the Bookstore in Demorest or the Athens Bookstore during regular business hours. You may request that your regalia be mailed for a fee of $7.44. Please send the mailing fee to the Registrar's Office along with your Participation Form by the deadline. Make the check or money order payable to Piedmont College Bookstore (include your driver's license number and expiration date of license). The regalia is yours to keep.

**EdS Candidates - order doctoral robes and masters hoods!**

The deadline to order your regalia online for Spring 2014 is March 17.

You will NOT receive a cap and gown unless you have submitted the Participation Form to the Registrar's Office!

Click here for an interesting read about the history and significance of academic garb:

What Does It All Mean?
Sometimes students aren't familiar with terms used in academe. If you are working toward a Baccalaureate degree, you are considered an Undergraduate Student. At Piedmont we offer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. If you have already earned a Baccalaureate degree, you are considered a Graduate Student. Postgraduate studies offered at Piedmont are as follows: Master of Arts (Advanced Certification), Master of Arts in Teaching (Initial Certification), Master of Business Administration, Education Specialist, and Education Doctorate.

In Absentia
If you choose not to participate in the commencement exercises, your diploma will be mailed the following week to the address you provided on the Graduation Response Form. If you did not respond in writing, your diploma will not be mailed.

Area Accommodations
If you and your family would like to learn more about area accommodations and restaurants, click here:

Exit Counseling
Students who took advantage of financial aid while enrolled at Piedmont College should perform exit counseling with the Financial Aid Office. You may contact them at (706) 778-3000.

Driving Directions (click here)
Johnny Mize Athletic Center
280 Laurel Avenue
Demorest, GA 30535

Transcripts and Certification
One of the most important components of earning a college degree is having it posted to your college transcript. Your transcript serves as "proof" of completion and will reflect the day you earned your degree, the type of degree, your major, and minor if applicable. It will also indicate an academic honor if you earned one. Transcripts are usually necessary in applying to graduate schools or jobs. Many school teachers must provide official transcripts for certification and certification upgrades through their school boards or the GPSC. You may request your college transcripts by clicking this link:   Take care not to request your final transcripts until after Graduation.

Conferring Degrees
Degrees are conferred three times per academic year. Your degree will be posted on the specified date for the term you apply, regardless of when your courses have been completed.

is held in addition to commencement exercises for undergraduate students in the Spring only. It is a service of worship signifying the end of students' undergraduate years. Baccalaureate begins at 5:00 pm on the Friday prior to Spring Commencement. Students should line up at 4:30 pm on the second floor of Daniel Hall. Please wear your caps and gowns (but no honors cords/medals)! A dinner and lawn party on the quadrangle will follow the service. Graduates' family and friends are welcome to attend - no limit!

Congratulations on your accomplishments!!!
Please call us if you have any other questions regarding Graduation: (706) 776-0112


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