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SCAD Commencement 2021 Savannah

SCAD Savannah 2021 Commencement

Savannah, GA

Memorial Stadium

101 John J. Scott Drive


Congratulations, SCAD Class of 2021! Join us as we celebrate your accomplishments at the SCAD Savannah Commencement ceremony during Memorial Day weekend.

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 ceremonies will take place as socially distanced, outdoor, in-person events at Memorial Stadium in Savannah, where faculty representatives will call the names of graduates as they walk across the stage.

Savannah graduates will participate in the ceremony designated for their school on either Friday, May 28, or Saturday, May 29. For those who choose not to attend in person, all Presentation of Degrees ceremonies will also be streamed live online. Any 2021 graduate who does not attend their school's Presentation of Degrees ceremony in person will still be recognized.

SCAD would like to recognize the achievements of the 2020 graduates during the on-ground Presentation of Degrees ceremony on Friday, May 28, in Atlanta. Visit the SCAD Atlanta 2021 Commencement event for more details.

All graduating students, including participating 2020 graduates, must register to attend their designated in-person Presentation of Degrees ceremony. Under new CDC guidelines, state and local ordinances, and permission from the venue, SCAD is now able to offer two (2) additional guest tickets, for a total of four (4) guest tickets per graduate. Registration for additional tickets is now open.

Graduates who are interested in attending the in-person ceremony for their SCAD location, but have not yet registered, should do so as soon as possible to secure their spot.

Children ages 2 and under do not require a ticket for admission, however, they must sit in their parent/guardian's lap. Children over the age of 2 require a ticket for admission.

Register now

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. – Savannah Presentation of Degrees ceremony I
Doors open at Memorial Stadium at 11:30 a.m.

  • School of Building Arts: architectural history, architecture, furniture design, interior design, preservation design, urban design
  • School of Digital Media: animation, immersive reality, interactive design and game development, motion media design, television producing, visual effects

5 p.m. – Savannah Presentation of Degrees ceremony II
Doors open at Memorial Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

  • School of Entertainment Arts: film and television, performing arts, production design, sound design, themed entertainment design
  • School of Fine Arts: painting, sculpture
  • School of Liberal Arts: art history, cinema studies, dramatic writing, equestrian studies, social strategy and management, writing

Saturday, May 29
All events will stream live, in Eastern Time. Links to the live broadcast will appear here and on scad.edu/commencement prior to the start of the event.

9 a.m. – Savannah Presentation of Degrees ceremony III
Doors open at Memorial Stadium at 7:30 a.m.

  • School of Design: creative business leadership, design for sustainability, design management, industrial design, service design, user experience (UX) design
  • School of Fashion: accessory design, business of beauty and fragrance, fashion, fashion marketing and management, fibers, jewelry, luxury and fashion management

1 p.m. – Savannah Presentation of Degrees ceremony IV
Doors open at Memorial Stadium at 11:30 a.m.

  • School of Communication Arts: advertising, branded entertainment, graphic design, illustration, photography, sequential art

Graduate registration and guest tickets

All graduating students, including participating 2020 graduates, must register to attend their designated in-person Presentation of Degrees ceremony. Under new CDC guidelines, state and local ordinances, and permission from the venue, SCAD is now able to offer two (2) additional guest tickets, for a total of four (4) guest tickets per graduate. Registration for additional tickets is now open.

Children ages 2 and under do not require a ticket for admission; however, they must sit in their parent/guardian's lap. Children over the age of 2 require a ticket for admission.

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.

How to register

  • Select the proper link below, and enter your nine-digit SCAD ID number as your access key.
  • Select your preferred number of guest tickets.
  • Add your guests' names and have their tickets emailed directly to them (optional).

SCAD Savannah — Schools of Building Arts and Digital Media:

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SCAD Savannah — Schools of Entertainment Arts and Fine Arts and Liberal Arts:

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SCAD Savannah — Schools of Design and Fashion:

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SCAD Savannah — School of Communication Arts:

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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 in virtual or on-ground classes.

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

Ticket allotment

For the Savannah on-ground Presentation of Degrees ceremonies, each graduate will now be allotted an additional two (2) guest tickets for their school's designated ceremony, for a total of four (4) tickets per graduate. Children ages 2 and under do not require a ticket for admission; however, they must sit in their parent/guardian's lap. Children over the age of 2 require a ticket for admission.

Ticket allotments are based on CDC guidelines and venue capacities. Due to recent changes in these guidelines, local and state ordinances, and permissions from the venue, the allotment has been increased. SCAD will notify graduates of the ticket allotment change via email.

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 ceremonies.

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 your school-specific Presentation of Degrees ceremony.

However, you must register if you plan to attend in-person at the Presentation of Degrees ceremony for your specific school. Due to changes in CDC guidelines, local and state ordinances, and permission from the venue, SCAD is now able to offer additional tickets. This gives graduates who have not yet registered to attend their designated in-person ceremony an extended opportunity to do so. 

How do I access the ceremonies?
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 from the links that will be available at scad.edu/commencement prior to the ceremonies. You can also share your commencement experience using #SCADGRAD and by following @scaddotedu.

Presentation of Degrees ceremonies

I already applied to graduate. Do I still need to register to attend the in-person ceremony?
Yes. Registration to participate in the socially distanced, on-ground ceremony is separate and required. Registering for your four (4) guest tickets lets us know that you plan to attend and helps us maintain safe seating and social distancing guidelines. Although registration is required, you do not need to claim a guest ticket for yourself.

Are you streaming the Presentation of Degrees ceremonies?
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 does each graduate receive?
Each graduate will now be allotted (2) additional tickets, for a total of four (4) guest tickets per graduate due to changes in CDC guidelines and local and state ordinances.

To aid in the successful and safe planning of this year's commencement celebration, all graduating students should register as soon as possible to attend their designated in-person Presentation of Degrees ceremony.

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

Where do I park?
As parking is limited, graduates must ride with their guests (i.e., carpool).

Are you providing transportation from SCAD?
We will not be providing transportation from SCAD. However, free parking is available at Memorial Stadium.

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, SCAD ID number, and program of study.

Frequently asked questions for guests

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.

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

Digital Presidential Conferment of Degrees ceremony

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.

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

Presentation of Degrees ceremonies

When do doors open?
Doors will open at Memorial Stadium an hour and a half prior to the start of your graduate's school-specific ceremony. You will need to bring either a printed ticket confirmation or a digital confirmation that includes the scannable QR code for entry.

Are you streaming the Presentation of Degrees ceremonies?
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 ceremonies. 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 ticket allotment, which has been increased from two (2) tickets to a total of four (4) guest tickets due to changes in CDC guidelines, local and state ordinances, and venue permissions.

Your graduate should register for their additional two (2) guest tickets as soon as possible.

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?
As parking is limited, guests are advised to ride with their graduating students (i.e., carpool).

Are you providing transportation from SCAD?
We will not be providing transportation from SCAD. However, free parking is available at Memorial Stadium.

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.