Spring 2019 Commencement Information

Thursday, May 9th 

9:00AM Ceremony: Richards College of Business, College of Arts & Humanities, College of Social Sciences

2:00PM Ceremony: College of Education, College of Science & Mathematics, Tanner Health System School of Nursing, University College


Graduation ceremonies are held in the UWG Coliseum. The Coliseum is a new 122,500 sq. ft sports and public assembly facility that is located on the backside of the main campus in Carrollton, Georgia. Please note that all students and guests should review our Parking and Traffic Instructions prior to arriving on campus for the ceremony. 

Commencement Information for Students & Guests

  • Attire

    Attire (Cap & Gown)

    Appropriate dress for graduation includes dark shoes for men and women. Men should wear dark pants and a tie. Low-heeled and comfortable shoes are recommended for men and women. It is important that students do not bring handbags or personal items because there is no secure holding area.

    Caps and gowns can be purchased at the UWG University Bookstore or through the Herff Jones portal. Cap & gown should be purchased at least four weeks prior to the commencement ceremony. No student will be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony without a cap & gown.

    Students' tassel colors will vary based on the college of their major.

    College colors to be worn by undergraduates and graduates are:

    College of Arts and Humanities – White
    Richards College of Business – Drab
    College of Education – Light Blue
    Tanner Health System School of Nursing – Apricot
    College of Science and Mathematics – Yellow Gold
    College of Social Sciences – Citron
    Doctoral Candidates - Gold Metallic

  • Invitations

    Announcements (Invitations)

    Announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones. 

    Publications and Printing (Pub & Print)

    Your On-Campus Copy Center, also offers commencement announcements and UWG thank-you note cards. For information and prices, visit Pub & Print's website.

    Commencement Flowers

    Congratulations! Having a family member graduate from UWG is exciting! We know gathering everyone together to attend the event can be hectic. Let us help check one thing off your to-do list. Pre-order your graduation bouquets and we will have them ready at the entrance for you to pick up.

  • Parking


    There are several options for guests and degree candidates for parking on campus. These options include bus service to the Coliseum as well as ADA accessible parking. There are directional signs on campus as well as parking attendants who will be able to provide assistance, if needed. 

  • Photographs


    Arrangements have been made with Village Photographers to photograph each graduate as they cross the stage and receive their diploma.  An individual photo will also be taken of each graduate as he or she exits the stage. There are no fees for this service and no obligation to purchase. Free proofs of these photos will be sent by mail and e-mail to graduates and their families approximately one week after the ceremony. 

    Graduates should register before arriving on graduation day in order to receive a free proof. A variety of print packages are available starting at $6.95. If you have any questions regarding photographs, please email info@villagephotographers.com.  Since professional photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony.

  • Special Assistance

    Special Assistance

    Degree Candidates Requiring Special Assistance

    When applying for graduation, students will indicate if they need special assistance or accommodations during the graduation ceremony. If a student needs special accommodations for the ceremony and the student did not indicate this request on their graduation application, the student can contact the Graduation Team at graduation@westga.edu during the term in which they will need the accommodation. 

    Guests Requiring Special Assistance

    ADA accessible parking spaces at the coliseum are limited and parking reservations are not available. Guests with disabilities are encouraged to arrive at the Coliseum at least 1 ½ hours prior to the ceremony. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, ADA accessible parking, special seating, sign language interpreting, Braille or large print programs. Go to Graduation Accommodations or contact the Coliseum at 678-839-5105 for additional information.

    Additional ADA accessible parking is located in Lot 18C (Lower Level Z6 Lot)

  • Tickets


    Spring 2019 Graduation Candidates will each receive 7 tickets. 

    At each commencement ceremony conducted in the Coliseum, tickets will be provided to each student who applies for graduation and indicates that they will march. The tickets are distributed by the University Bookstore with the cap and gown purchase or by picking them up separately.

    The reception of tickets is not an indication that the student will be graduating. The number of tickets will differ each semester depending on the number of participating graduates. 

    Due to Fire Marshal regulations, all guests attending a ceremony must have a ticket to enter the Coliseum during graduation. This includes non-marching UWG students, children of any age regardless of if they need their own seat or not, and all other individuals not marching or working as ceremony staff and faculty. The number of tickets allotted are based on how many students are marching each term and the maximum capacity of individuals allowed by the Coliseum to be gathered during special events. For other questions concerning rules and regulations, please consult the Coliseum Policies.

    Additional Tickets

    If you have additional tickets that you will not be using for this ceremony, please drop those off at the Bookstore prior to Commencement or a guest may drop them off at Will Call (the Ticket Booth at the front of the Coliseum) on the day of the event. 

    If additional tickets are available, they can be picked up by graduating students or their guests at Will Call (the Ticket Booth at the front of the Coliseum) 1 ½ hours before the ceremony on a first come first serve basis.  Doors will open 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Please note that tickets only for that ceremony will be available for pick up at that time. (example- you will not be able to pick up afternoon ceremony tickets before the morning ceremony)