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SCAD Commencement 2021 Atlanta

SCAD Atlanta 2021 Commencement

Friday, May 28

Alpharetta, GA

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (Formerly Verizon Amphitheatre)

2200 Encore Parkway


Congratulations, SCAD Class of 2021! Join us as we celebrate your accomplishments at the SCAD Atlanta Commencement ceremony.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, this year's experience will be split into two opportunities.

The Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony will take place digitally at 9 a.m. Friday, May 28, streaming live online and providing the limitless audience with a front-row seat. Links to the live broadcast will appear here and on scad.edu/commencement on the morning of the event. During this ceremony, students from all campus locations will unite to hear from dynamic keynote speakers, outstanding graduates, and special remarks from SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace as she confers degrees.

Following the morning ceremony, the Presentation of Degrees ceremony will take place as a socially distanced, outdoor, in-person event at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (formerly Verizon Amphitheatre) in Alpharetta, where faculty representatives will call the names of graduates as they walk across the stage. This ceremony will include graduates from Atlanta and eLearning.

For those who choose not to attend in person, the Presentation of Degrees ceremony will also be streamed live online. Any 2021 graduate who does not attend the Presentation of Degrees ceremony in person will still be recognized.

SCAD would like to recognize the achievements of the 2020 graduates during this on-ground Presentation of Degrees ceremony. All graduating students, including participating 2020 graduates, must register to attend the in-person Presentation of Degrees ceremony. Registration is now open through Wednesday, April 14.

View Registration and Ticket Information

Schedule of events

Friday, May 28
All events will stream live in Eastern Time. Links to the live broadcast will appear here and on scad.edu/commencement on the morning of the event.

9 a.m. – Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony

1 p.m. – Class of 2021 Presentation of Degrees ceremony

6 p.m. – Class of 2020 Presentation of Degrees ceremony

Graduate registration and guest tickets

All graduating students, including participating 2020 graduates, must register to attend their designated in-person Presentation of Degrees ceremony by Wednesday, April 14.

Registration is not required to view the digital Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony or each school's digital Presentation of Degrees ceremony as they stream live online. Any 2021 graduate who does not attend their school's Presentation of Degrees ceremony in person will still be recognized.


SCAD Atlanta — 2021 Graduates:

To register, enter your nine-digit SCAD ID number as your Access Key. Select your preferred number of guest tickets and complete the registration process. You will have the option to add your guest names and have the tickets emailed directly to them.

Register now


SCAD Atlanta — 2020 Alumni:

To register, enter your nine-digit SCAD ID number as your Access Key. Select your preferred number of guest tickets and complete the registration process. You will have the option to add your guest names and have the tickets emailed directly to them.

Register now


SCAD eLearning graduates and virtual enrollees

SCAD eLearning graduates are invited to participate in the Presentation of Degrees ceremony in Atlanta.

All other students are invited to participate in the on-ground Presentation of Degrees ceremonies as assigned by the SCAD location at which they are enrolled.

If you have any questions, contact [email protected] for more information.

Ticket allotment

For the Atlanta on-ground Presentation of Degrees ceremony, each graduate, including participating 2020 graduates, will be allotted two (2) guest tickets. Ticket allotments are based on CDC guidelines and venue capacities. SCAD will notify graduates via email if ticket allotments change due to shifts in state and local COVID guidelines and safety measures.

SCAD does not regulate the private redistribution of tickets and strictly forbids ticket selling.

Frequently asked questions for graduating students

General commencement

How do I share my commencement moments on social media?
Use #SCADGRAD and #SCAD2021 to share your experience. Be sure to tag and follow @scaddotedu.

When is the deadline to order a cap and gown?
The deadline to order is Friday, May 14. However, we encourage students to order their caps and gowns far in advance of this deadline to ensure that they receive them before the ceremony.

Do I need a cap and gown to participate?
If you plan to only attend the digital Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony, you are not required to purchase a cap and gown.

However, a cap and gown are required to participate in the on-ground Presentation of Degrees ceremony.

When can graduates expect to receive their diplomas?
During the ceremony, graduates will receive a congratulatory letter from President Wallace inside their SCAD diploma cover. The actual diploma will be mailed once spring grades are submitted and the student's graduation requirements are confirmed. Graduates can expect to receive their diploma within 12 weeks of commencement at the mailing address they provided on their graduation application.

Whom do I contact for more information about the ceremonies?
Email [email protected].

Digital Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony

Who is included in this ceremony?
Any student who is eligible for graduation can apply for and participate in the digital commencement experience, including students from Savannah, Atlanta, and eLearning.

Do I have to register to view the livestream?
You do not have to register to view the livestream of the Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony or the livestream of the Presentation of Degrees ceremony.

However, you must register if you plan to attend in-person at the Presentation of Degrees ceremony. Registration will remain open through Wednesday, April 14.

How do I access the ceremony?
Links to the live Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony and all the live Presentation of Degrees ceremonies will be available at scad.edu/commencement prior to the start of each ceremony.

Whom do I contact if I have issues streaming the ceremony (e.g., audio lagging)?
Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Can I share with my friends and family?
Yes, your friends and family can stream the experience with you on the main commencement page. You can also share your commencement experience using #SCADGRAD and by following @scaddotedu.

Presentation of Degrees ceremony

Are you streaming the Presentation of Degrees ceremony?
Yes, all Presentation of Degrees ceremonies will be streamed live. Links to the livestream for each ceremony will be available on scad.edu/commencement prior to the start of each ceremony.

How many tickets will each graduate receive?
Each graduate will be allotted two (2) tickets to be distributed to their guests. To aid in the successful and safe planning of this year's commencement celebration, all graduating students are required to register by Wednesday, April 14. Additional details on registration and tickets will be announced in March.

Do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are required.

Where do I park?
Graduates are asked to park in Lot C, and guests are asked to park in Lot A.

Are you providing transportation from SCAD?
We will not be providing transportation from SCAD. However, free parking is available at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre.

What time should graduates plan to arrive?
An hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony.

Where do I submit requests for ADA seating?
For any special seating requests for graduates and guests, email [email protected] Be sure to include your name and SCAD ID number.

Frequently asked questions for graduating students

General commencement

How do I share my commencement moments on social media?
Use #SCADGRAD and #SCAD2021 to share your experience, and be sure to tag and follow @scaddotedu.

Whom do I contact for more information about the ceremonies?
Email [email protected].

Digital Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony

How do I access this?
Links to the live Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony and all the live Presentation of Degrees ceremonies will be available at scad.edu/commencement prior to the start of each ceremony.

Whom do I contact if I have issues streaming the ceremony (e.g., audio lagging)?
Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Presentation of Degrees ceremony

When do doors open?
Doors will open at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre an hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony.

Are you streaming the Presentation of Degrees ceremony?
Yes, all Presentation of Degrees ceremonies will be streamed live. Links to the livestream for each ceremony will be available on scad.edu/commencement prior to the start of each ceremony.

What is your security policy?
Guests may be requested to participate in a temperature check before entering the venue pending CDC guidelines at the time of the ceremony. All guests are required to pass through a metal detector or wand to ensure the safety of ceremony guests.

Do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are required.

Will seating at the venue be socially distanced?
Yes, seating is based on your graduate's two-ticket (2) allotment. Your graduate must register for their tickets by Wednesday, April 14.

What is the bag policy?
Large bags, including but not limited to backpacks, suitcases, large camera bags, and large purses, are not allowed in the venue. All bags, purses, and packages are subject to inspection before entry to the venue.

Where do I park?
Graduates are asked to park in Lot C, and guests are asked to park in Lot A.

Are you providing transportation from SCAD?
We will not be providing transportation from SCAD. However, free parking is available at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre.

What is your weather plan?
The Presentation of Degrees ceremonies for both locations will be held rain or shine. We encourage guests to remain aware of the weather leading up to commencement and plan accordingly.