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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded to all students who complete a minimum of 180 credit hours witha cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. In addition, the student must have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA in their major program of study. If a minor is declared, the minor GPA must be 2.00 or higher. Any students not meeting the GPA requirements must retake classes to meet the statedGPA(s).
The ACA transition students have different GPA requirements please contact Linda Cowart if you have any questions.
All students should apply for graduation two quarters prior to completion of their degree. Students must complete an applicationonline through MySCAD:
Yes! Any student who wants to have their degree awarded must apply to graduate. Please note: “Graduation” and “Graduating” are not the same. The commencement ceremony is often referred to as “graduation.” This is a ceremony only and is the day when students are acknowledged and have the ceremonial conferment of their degree. No diplomas are handed out at this event. It is to be considered a day of celebration.
Students graduate when all their degree requirements are met and they have been awarded their degree in our system. Before we can award degrees, final grades must be processed at the end of each quarter and final audits are completed for students who applied for the specified quarter. Clearance from the Bursar’s office and Library must then be given before diplomas are mailed to the diploma address provided by the student.
The Savannah 2013 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in the Savannah Civic Center.
The Atlanta 2013 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom.
Yes. You will need tickets for both the Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony and for the Presentation of Degrees ceremony. Ticket allotment will be determined at a later date.
For SCAD Atlanta: Please refer to the Scad Atlanta Info page
This is a ceremony participants meeting. This meeting will be in Savannah. A participants’ meeting will be held in Atlanta as well. We will discuss all aspects of the June 1st ceremony. This is not mandatory but is highly recommended if you are participating.
Yes, rehearsal in Savannah campus will be held at the Civic Center Arena at Friday, May 31st , 2013 (rehearsal time TBA).
Yes, rehearsal on the SCAD Atlanta campus will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday, May 31st , 2013.
Rehearsal for both campuses is mandatory. If you do not attend rehearsal, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Rehearsal is mandatory. Rehearsal will take place in Savannah and Atlanta on Friday, June , 2013. Make plans now to attend. If you are not at rehearsal, you will not be included in our lists for the graduation ceremony.
Your cap and gown will be placed on your assigned chair in the arena during rehearsal. You will receive it that day.
You can order from Herff-Jones at herff-jones.com/college/graduation. Please be sure to choose the appropriate location for the ceremony where you’ll be participating.
Men should wear black/navy slacks, a white shirt with a tie, and dark colored shoes.
Ladies should wear a dress or skirt and blouse, pantyhose and dark-colored shoes. It is highly recommended that women wear shoes with low heels to avoid tripping on the stairs and stage.
Contact your graduation auditorimmediately. If you decide not to participate, we will need to remove your name from our lists.
If you decide you want to participate, contact us immediately! This process is more involved and cannot be a last minute decision. If you want to be in the ceremony, you must email us andshow proof that you have purchased your cap andgown from Herff-Jones.
We expect all ceremonies to last no longer than two hours.
No food or drinks are allowed.
All cell phones must be turned off during the ceremonies. You cannot take pictures during the ceremony. Purses/bags are not allowed since there is no place for you to leave them. Anything you have with you must fit in a pocket under your gown.
The Savannah graduates must arrive to the Johnny Mercer Theater by 7:15 a.m. for lineup.
For the Atlanta graduates, you must arrive at 4 p.m. for lineup.
No. Diplomas are mailed to the address you provided with your graduation application after final grades are processed and your accounts are cleared with the Bursar and Library. If you did not apply for graduation on time, there could be a delay of 8 to 12 weeks to receive your diploma.
Minors are not listed on the diploma or announced during the ceremony. A separate diploma is ordered for each major.
You need to email it to your graduation auditor as soon as possible. We will also have a pronunciation table at the graduation rehearsal, but please do not wait until rehearsal to confirm your pronunciation.
Tassel colors are decided according to your major. BFA honors students will receive a gold tassel in addition to the major tassel. (Cords are only given to graduate students). You will also have a commemorativestoleto wear withyour graduation attire. Thisis a goldstolewiththe SCAD logo embroidered on it. All students will wear these. Thestolecan be autographed by fellow students, awarded to someone special who assisted you in achieving your degree, or would be a great item to frame.
Departmental awards will be incorporated into the presentation of degrees ceremony. Your specific departments give awards and you should contact that department if you have questions.Academic honors are based on your winter quarter grades. Honors are announced when you walk across the stage. However, your final audit determines what honor will be on your diploma. CumLaudeis 3.5 to 3.69 GPA,MagnaCumLaudeis 3.7 to 3.89 GPA, andSummaCumLaudeis 3.9 to 4.0 GPA. Only undergraduate students are awarded academic honors.
For questions regarding your graduation audit, eligibility to graduate, and/or eligibility to participate in the ceremony, you may contact your graduation auditor. Please use your SCAD e-mail account for all correspondence.
Graduate students must satisfy all preliminary and program required courses and must pass all non-course requirements e.g. RVCN (Review for Candidacy), COMP (Comprehensive Exam), and/or FORN (Foreign Language Exam).
All graduate students must meet the GPA requirements: 3.0 cumulative and 3.0 major.
You are not considered “graduated” until you have met all of the requirements listed above. Please be aware of the difference between participating in the commencement ceremony and graduation. Walking across the stage in the commencement ceremony does not mean you’ve graduated. Please be mindful of the following: The term in which you complete all of your program requirements is the term you are awarded your degree. Once end-of-term processes are run, your diploma will be ordered and your degree will appear on your transcript.
If your thesis is the sole remaining requirement in your program, you can list on your resume that you are a “candidate” for the MFA or MA degree with thesis pending. Until your degree is actually conferred in the system, you are not considered graduated or as having earned a degree.
Be sure to review the thesis formatting standards before submitting your thesis (which can be found in MySCAD under the Resources tab/Department Directory/Graduate Studies). If your thesis committee has changed since applying for thesis, a Change of Thesis Committee Application must be completed, signed, and submitted to your graduate advisor before submitting your thesis. This form can be found on the MySCAD forms channel, graduate program.
Please complete the Thesis Contact Information Form. When completing this form, please use Adobe Pro. Once you have finished filling out that form, save it as a separate PDF.
You should be ready to upload your three separate PDF documents!
1. Thesis document (including the unsigned Signature page)
2. Thesis Contact Information Form
3. Scanned signed Signature page
You must initial the legal waivers before you can upload your thesis in this system.
If you have questions you may call 912.525.4612 or email.
Once your thesis has been submitted to the Thesis Coordinator, a grade will be requested from your committee chair. A final audit on your program requirements will determine whether you are eligible to graduate.The graduation date on your diploma and transcripts will reflect the last day of the quarter during which you meet the final requirement.
You are eligible to receive a diploma once you have:
Diplomas are ordered at the end of each term. Shipments are generally received within eight weeks however, during the spring, orders can take up to twelve weeks because of the busy graduation time for Herff Jones. After that, if students have no financial obligations to the college and have graduation applications on file, diplomas can be mailed out.
This year commencement will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013.
If you will not be able to attend a regular graduation meeting before you leave campus, you need to know that there is a mandatory graduation rehearsal the day before the ceremony. Ordering your cap and gown is also mandatory.
No, this is a mandatory rehearsal. If you do not attend the graduation rehearsal, you do not get to participate in the graduation ceremony. The rehearsal is where you will receive your cap and gown. You will also be able to make exchanges for your cap or gown if there is a problem. Please note: Extra caps and gowns will not be available the morning of the ceremony.
No, only undergraduate students receive honors with their degrees. While some institutions may recognize graduate students with Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude, SCAD does not make this distinction. There are, however, departmental awards given to graduate students. Those students will be recognized during the separate ceremonies for their schools, if they are ceremony participants.
Unfortunately, it is not. There is only one graduation ceremony held in an academic year. Summer is the last quarter in an academic year therefore it is the deadline for course completion if you want to participate in the Spring ceremony.
No. Students receive a diploma cover with a letter from the President inside as they walk across the stage.
Tickets will be distributed by the Trustees’ Theater Box Office. You must show your student ID to receive your tickets you may not send someone to pick up the tickets for you. Tickets for the ceremonies are only for those students who are participating. Please see the SCAD Atlanta page for Atlanta ticket information.
Yes. Each student participating in the commencement will be allotted tickets for both the Conferment of Degrees ceremony and the Presentation of Degrees ceremony.
The number of tickets per student is based on the number of participants versus the number of available audience seats. The availability of additional tickets will be determined at a later date.