SCAD Commencement 2016 in Atlanta

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Georgia World Congress Center

285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW

Join us as we honor and celebrate the Class of 2016 during spring commencement. The Presentation of Degrees begins at 6 p.m.

We are also honored to announce Arthur Gensler, founder of the architecture and design company M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates Inc., as our distinguished guest speaker, who will address the class of 2016 during the ceremony.

School of Communication Arts
  • Advertising
  • Branded entertainment
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Sequential art
School of Design
  • Business design and arts leadership
School of Fashion
  • Fashion
  • Fashion marketing and management
  • Luxury and fashion management
School of Fine Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
School of Building Arts
  • Interior design
School of Digital Media
  • Animation
  • Interactive design and game development
  • Motion media design
  • Television producing
  • Visual effects
School of Entertainment Arts
  • Film and television
School of Liberal Arts
  • Writing


For additional information about the commencement ceremony in Atlanta, contact the registrar's office via email at registrar@scad.edu or call 404.253.3103.

Ticket information

Because of limited seating in the Georgia Ballroom, all guests must possess a ticket to attend the ceremony. The graduating student must pick up tickets in advance of the ceremony. Students should visit the graduation channel on MySCAD for more information.

Graduates are allotted five tickets for the commencement ceremony. Commencement tickets can be picked up from the SCAD Atlanta Student Success Center May 23-June 3, 2016. Friends and family members who are unable to attend may also view the ceremony via the live webcast.

Bag policy

We have implemented the following policies to ensure the comfort of all our guests during the commencement ceremony. Large bags, including backpacks, suitcases, large camera bags and large purses, are not allowed in the venue. All purses, bags and packages are subject to inspection before entry to the venue. Students are permitted to check their keys prior to the start of the ceremony, but may not store or check any other items.

Disability access

Handicapped-accessible seating is available if guests require special accommodations. Because of limited handicapped-accessible seating, only one person may accompany the individual in the designated seating area.

Contact the events department via email at atlrsvp@scad.edu or call 404.253.3263 for disability seating requests. You must have a special seating ticket to sit in the designated area, and all requests must be submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016. Any special seating tickets requested by the graduating student are counted toward the total number of tickets allotted to that student. Special seating tickets can be picked up from the SCAD Atlanta Student Success Center, May 23-June 3, 2016.

Atlanta accommodations

SCAD has compiled several hotel options convenient to SCAD Atlanta, and many of these hotels offer reduced rates for SCAD guests.

Parking information

Parking is available at the Gold Parking Deck, Red Parking Deck and Blue Parking Lot near the Georgia World Congress Center.

  • Georgia World Congress Center Red Deck: Suggested parking. Located between the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena. Accessible via Andrew Young International Boulevard.
  • Georgia World Congress Center Gold Deck: Located between the Georgia Dome and Building C. Accessible via Northside Drive.
  • Georgia World Congress Center Blue Lot: Located across from Building C. Accessible via Northside Drive.

Rates are approximately $10.

Transportation to the ceremony

MARTA: The Georgia World Congress Center is MARTA-accessible via the Vine City Station.

Guest shuttle: Free shuttle service is offered between SCAD Atlanta and the Georgia World Congress Center. Shuttles will loop between the two locations every 15 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the events department via email at atlrsvp@scad.edu or call 404.253.3263.

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

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

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.

Is there any kind of meeting before the ceremony that participating graduates have to attend?

Yes. There is a participation meeting at 1 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016, in SCAD Atlanta Room 256. All students participating in the commencement ceremony are encouraged to attend for important details.
There is also a mandatory graduation rehearsal at 4 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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

Yes. Any student who wants to have a degree awarded must apply to graduate. If you decide not to participate in the commencement ceremony, we will need to remove your name from our lists. Contact your graduation auditor immediately.

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.

How do I get tickets?

Due to limited seating, graduates are allotted five tickets for the commencement ceremony. Commencement tickets must be picked up by the graduating student from the SCAD Atlanta Student Success Center May 23–June 3, 2016.
Students should visit the graduation channel on MySCAD for more information.

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to graduates at their diploma mailing address. Graduates should confirm their diploma address on their graduation application. Diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks after the graduation ceremony.

Will I get my picture taken at the commencement ceremony?

Grad Images Inc. will be available to photograph students in the lobby of the Georgia World Congress Center prior to the commencement ceremony. A passport-sized photo proof and order form will be sent within 30 days of commencement to the email address on file with the school.

Note: SCAD student email addresses will be inactive 90 days after completing coursework and graduation requirements.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Information about ordering your cap and gown will be posted here soon.

Can I bring my cellphone, camera, purse or bag, or food and drinks to the ceremony?

No food or drinks are allowed. All cellphones must be turned off during the ceremonies. You cannot take pictures during the ceremony. Purses and 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.

Will the ceremony be viewable online?

Yes. Spring 2016 Commencement will be available via the live webcast on graduation day.