Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Application deadlines

Spring 2014
March 28, 2014

Summer 2014
June 27, 2014

Undergraduate FAQs

What are the requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded to all students who complete a minimum of 180 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. In addition, the student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in his or her major program of study. If a minor is declared, the minor GPA must be 2.0 or higher. Any students not meeting the GPA requirements must retake classes to meet the stated GPA(s).
The ACA transition students have different GPA requirements; contact Linda Cowart if you have any questions.

What do I need to do to be considered for graduation?

All students should apply for graduation two quarters prior to completion of their degree. Students must complete an application online through MySCAD:

  1. Log on to MySCAD and select the Resources tab.
  2. Go to the Forms channel; choose Registrar.
  3. From the list of forms select: Graduation Application.
  4. Select your current program of study or Curriculum.
  5. Select your Graduation Date from the drop-down menu. Undergraduates should choose the term you plan to complete all degree requirements. Graduate students should select the term you expect to complete all required classes not including your thesis.
  6. Indicate whether on not you plan to participate in commencement. If you choose undecided, you must notify your graduation auditor of your final decision by the deadline.
  7. From the drop-down menu, choose the name you want to have printed on your diploma. If your full legal name doesn’t appear, select New from the drop-down menu and click "Continue." Enter your legal name (no nicknames) and any suffixes such as Jr., Sr., III, etc.
  8. Select the address where you want your diploma mailed from the drop-down menu. If there's not a correct address, select New and click "Continue." Enter the address for your diploma. Click "Continue."
  9. Review all information before submitting your application.

Do I need to apply if I will not participate in the ceremony?

Yes. Any student who wants to have their degree awarded must apply to graduate. 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.

When is the commencement ceremony?

Spring Commencement 2014 for SCAD Savannah will be held Saturday, May 31, at the Savannah Civic Center's Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. The Presidential Conferment of Degrees Ceremony begins at 9 a.m., followed by two ceremonies in the afternoon:

Presentation of Degrees Ceremony 1 begins at 1 p.m.

  • School of Communication Arts
  • School of Design
  • School of Fashion
  • School of Fine Arts

Presentation of Degrees Ceremony 2 begins at 4 p.m.

  • School of Building Arts
  • School of Digital Media
  • School of Entertainment Arts
  • School of Liberal Arts

Spring Commencement 2014 for SCAD Atlanta will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at the Georgia World Congress Center's Georgia Ballroom.

Will I need tickets?

Yes, tickets are required.

Students participating at SCAD Savannah will receive four tickets for the Presidential Conferment of Degrees Ceremony and seven tickets for their Presentation of Degrees Ceremony.

Students participating at SCAD Atlanta will receive six tickets.

Join the SCAD commencement Facebook event to connect with fellow graduating students if you are looking to secure or share extra tickets.

Visit the graduation blog for more information about picking up tickets.

What is the May meeting about?

This is a meeting for ceremony participants. All aspects of the ceremony will be discussed. This meeting is not mandatory but is highly recommended if you are participating in commencement.

Will there be a graduation rehearsal?


Rehearsal in Savannah will be held Friday, May 30, at the Savannah Civic Center arena (rehearsal time TBA).

Rehearsal in Atlanta will be held Friday, May 30, at the Georgia World Congress Center (rehearsal time TBA).

What if I can’t make it to graduation rehearsal?

Rehearsal is mandatory. If you do not attend rehearsal, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Your cap and gown will be placed on your assigned chair in the venue during rehearsal. You will receive it that day.

What if I haven’t ordered my cap and gown?

Order your cap and gown from Herff-Jones. Be sure to choose the appropriate location for the ceremony where you’ll be participating.

What should I wear to the ceremony?

Men should wear black or 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.

What if I change my mind about being in the ceremony?

Contact your graduation auditor immediately. If you decide not to participate, we will need to remove your name from our lists.

If 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 and show proof that you have purchased your cap and gown from Herff-Jones.

How long will the graduation ceremonies last?

We expect all ceremonies to last no longer than two hours.

Can I bring food or drinks with me?

No food or drinks are allowed.

Can I bring my cellphone, camera or purse/bag to the ceremony?

All cellphones 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.

What time do I need to arrive on graduation day?

Savannah graduates must arrive at the Savannah Civic Center's Johnny Mercer Theatre by 7:15 a.m. for lineup.

Atlanta graduates must arrive at the Georgia World Congress Center by 4 p.m. for lineup.

Will I get my diploma at graduation?

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 eight to 12 weeks to receive your diploma.

Will my minor or second major be listed on my diploma?

Minors are not listed on the diploma or announced during the ceremony. A separate diploma is ordered for each major.

The pronunciation of my name is difficult. How do I make sure it is said correctly?

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 do not wait until rehearsal to confirm your pronunciation.

What color is my tassel?

Tassel colors are decided according to your major. B.F.A. 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 commemorative stole to wear with your graduation attire. This is a gold stole with the SCAD logo embroidered on it. All students will wear these. The stole can be autographed by fellow students, awarded to someone special who assisted you in achieving your degree or would be a great item to frame.

Will I be receiving an award or honors?

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. Cum Laude is 3.5 to 3.69 GPA; Magna Cum Laude is 3.7 to 3.89 GPA; and Summa Cum Laude is 3.9 to 4.0 GPA. Only undergraduate students are awarded academic honors.

Graduate FAQs

Whom do I contact if I have questions about my eligibility to graduate?

For questions regarding your graduation audit, eligibility to graduate or eligibility to participate in the ceremony, you may contact your graduation auditor. Use your SCAD email account for all correspondence.

What do I need in order to graduate?

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 FORN (Foreign Language Exam).
All graduate students must meet the GPA requirements: 3.0 cumulative and 3.0 major.

When am I considered graduated?

You are not considered "graduated" until you have met all of the requirements listed above. 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.

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.

I have taken all of my coursework and have met all requirements except for my thesis. I'm applying for jobs and want to submit a résumé that reflects my graduate degree, but I don't know how to go about this since I haven't really graduated yet. What do I put on résumés and job applications?

If your thesis is the sole remaining requirement in your program, you can list on your résumé that you are a "candidate" for the M.F.A. or M.A. degree with thesis pending. Until your degree is actually conferred in the system, you are not considered graduated or as having earned a degree.

How do I submit my thesis?

Be sure to review the thesis formatting standards before submitting your thesis (which can be found on MySCAD > 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 in the "Graduate Program" section of the MySCAD Forms channel.

Complete the Thesis Contact Information Form. Use Adobe Acrobat Pro when completing this form. 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, call 912.525.4612 or send an email.

What's the process once I submit my thesis paper?

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.

When will I receive my diploma?

You are eligible to receive a diploma once you have:

  • satisfied all of your program requirements within the five-year deadline;
  • submitted your thesis paper and have received a final grade;
  • submitted a graduation application;
  • and have no financial obligations to the college.

How long does it take to receive the diploma once I complete my program requirements?

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 12 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.

When is the graduation ceremony?

Spring Commencement 2014 will be held Saturday, May 31.

I won't be living in Savannah (or Atlanta) after a particular date, but I plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. Is there anything I need to do between now and then?

If you will not be able to attend a regular graduation meeting before you leave, you need to know that there is a mandatory graduation rehearsal the day before the ceremony. Ordering your cap and gown is also mandatory.

I don't think I’ll be able to come to the graduation rehearsal that day. Is that OK?

No, this is a mandatory rehearsal.

If you do not attend the commencement rehearsal, you do not get to participate in the commencement 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.

Note: Extra caps and gowns will not be available the morning of the ceremony.

I have a 4.0 GPA. Will I be receiving honors during the ceremony and on my diploma?

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.

I want to walk in the ceremony, but one of my classes will not be offered until the fall. Is it still OK for me to walk in the ceremony?

Unfortunately, it is not.

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.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No. Students receive a diploma cover with a letter from the president inside it as they walk across the stage.

When and where do I get tickets?

Tickets for SCAD Savannah commencement ceremonies will be distributed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May19-29, at the Trustees Theater Box Office, 216 E. Broughton St,

Tickets for the SCAD Atlanta commencement ceremony will be available for pickup 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 19-29, in the Student Success Center.

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.

Will I need tickets for my family to come watch me walk across the stage?


Students participating at SCAD Savannah will receive four tickets for the Presidential Conferment of Degrees Ceremony and seven tickets for their Presentation of Degrees Ceremony.

Students participating at SCAD Atlanta will receive six tickets.

Visit the graduation blog for more information about picking up tickets.

I have more people who want to watch me walk across the stage than the allotted number of tickets. Can I have more tickets?

The number of tickets per student is based on the number of participants versus the number of available audience seats.

Join the SCAD commencement Facebook event to connect with fellow graduating students if you are looking to secure or share extra tickets.