SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff look forward to honoring the newest class of graduates!

Preparing to graduate

All SCAD students must apply for graduation two quarters prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate, even if they do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Students are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony if they submit their application to graduate on time and complete all degree requirements by the end of the final quarter leading to graduation.

Graduation requirements

SCAD eLearning graduates

SCAD eLearning graduates are included as part of the commencement ceremonies in Savannah. If eLearning graduates wish to be included as part of the Atlanta ceremony instead, they should email [email protected] for more information.

Graduation application deadlines

Fall applications
Monday, September 14, 2020

Winter Applications
Sunday, January 3, 2021

Spring Applications
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Summer Applications
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Launch your creative career

The office of career and alumni success offers extensive career resources, alumni benefits, and networking opportunities to support graduates and help them find their dream jobs.

Explore your benefits


Ticket information

Tickets are required for entry. Graduating students receive a set number of tickets for family and friends after completing their graduation application and all other requirements. Refer to your location-specific commencement for more details on the number of tickets allocated for your ceremony.

Share your experience

Celebrate commencement on Twitter and Instagram with #SCAD2021.

Guest speakers

Each ceremony features a distinguished guest. From award-winning actor John Malkovich to renowned architect Moshe Safdie, commencement guests share insight and wisdom with new alumni.

Celebrate your SCAD grad with these gift ideas

Class rings

Give your SCAD grad the gift of a class ring from Herff Jones.

Visit Herff Jones


SCAD clothing, accessories, and memorabilia are available at Ex Libris.

Visit Ex Libris

Après SCAD

Give the gift of an immersive, creative experience designed for SCAD alumni in the South of France. 

Learn about Après