SCAD Commencement 2016 in Savannah

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Savannah, GA

Savannah Civic Center

301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Join us as we honor and celebrate the Class of 2016 during spring commencement.

The Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony begins at 9 a.m., followed by two degree presentation ceremonies in the afternoon.

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 ceremonies.

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

School of Communication Arts
  • Advertising
  • Branded entertainment
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Sequential art
School of Design
  • Business design and arts leadership
  • Design for sustainability
  • Design management
  • Fibers
  • Industrial design
  • Jewelry
  • Service design
School of Fashion
  • Accessory design
  • Fashion
  • Fashion marketing and management
  • Luxury and fashion management
School of Fine Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

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

School of Building Arts
  • Architectural history
  • Architecture
  • Furniture design
  • Historic preservation
  • Interior design
  • Urban 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
  • Performing arts
  • Production design
  • Sound design
  • Themed entertainment design
School of Liberal Arts
  • Art history
  • Cinema studies
  • Dramatic writing
  • Equestrian studies
  • Writing


For more information about the commencement ceremonies in Savannah, contact the registrar's office via email at registrar@scad.edu or by phone at 912.525.5800.

Guest information

Guest entrance and seating

Guests may enter the Savannah Civic Center through the Liberty Street or Montgomery Street entrances. Tickets are required, and holding or reserving seats is not permitted. Guests will not be allowed on the arena floor before, during or after the ceremony, and should exit the building as soon as possible after each ceremony so that preparations may be made for the next ceremony.

Ticket information

Because of limited seating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena, tickets are required for all guests and must be picked up in advance by the graduating student. Students should visit the graduation channel on MySCAD for more information.

Guests without tickets may watch a live broadcast of the ceremony inside the Savannah Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre or online via the live webcast.

Bag policy

We have implemented the following policies to ensure the comfort of all of 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 will be 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 for guests who require special accommodations for a disability. Contact events@scad.edu for seating arrangements.

The last day to submit special seating requests is Friday, May 20. Because of limited handicapped-accessible seating, only one person may accompany the individual in the designated seating area. Any special seating tickets requested by the graduating student will be counted toward the total number of tickets allotted to that student.

A designated handicapped-accessible parking area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A state-issued handicapped sticker or parking permit is required.

Parking information

Parking at the Savannah Civic Center is reserved for students participating in SCAD 2016 Commencement ceremonies and their guests. Additional overflow parking is available at City of Savannah parking garages. Carpooling is encouraged.

Robinson Garage

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The garage entrance is located on West State Street, between Jefferson Street and Montgomery Street.

Liberty Street Garage

Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. The garage entrance is located on East Liberty Street, between Whitaker Street and Bull Street, and is within walking distance to the Savannah Civic Center.

Designated stroller parking areas will be located outside the Savannah Civic Center entrances. These areas will be monitored by a security representative for the duration of the ceremony.

Savannah accommodations

For your convenience, SCAD has compiled several hotel options located near Savannah’s Historic District and the Savannah Civic Center. Some of these accommodations may offer reduced rates to SCAD guests.

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.

Who 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 TBA at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. All students participating in the commencement ceremony are encouraged to attend for important details.

Do I still 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. 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.

How do I get tickets?

Students should visit the graduation channel on MySCAD for more information.

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduates at their diploma mailing address. Graduates should ensure their diploma address on their graduation application. Diplomas will be 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 on the second floor. 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 completing graduation requirements.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Visit the Oak Hall cap and gown ordering site to order your cap and gown. Call 800.456.7623 with any questions about your order.

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

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

Will the ceremony be viewable online?

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