Ceremony information

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

Additional details about upcoming commencement ceremonies will be available as we get closer to the events.

2018 Commencement ceremonies

The Presidential Conferment of Degree ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1. The presentation of degrees ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. All four commencement ceremonies will also be available via livestream.

View details for Savannah

Presidential conferment and presentation of degrees: Saturday, June 2, 2018

View details for Atlanta

Hong Kong
Presidential conferment and presentation of degrees: Saturday, June 9, 2018

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eLearning students

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 contact their graduation auditor for more information.

Guest speakers

At each commencement ceremony, a distinguished guest shares insight and wisdom with new alumni. Speakers in recent years include actors John Malkovich, James Cromwell, Whoopi Goldberg and Glenn Close; animator John Lasseter; Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello; playwright Edward Albee; film critic Joel Siegel; and world-renowned architects Arthur Gensler and Moshe Safdie.

Ticket information

Because seating is limited, graduating students will receive a set number of tickets for family and friends who wish to attend the ceremony. Tickets are required for entry, and graduating students must complete their graduation application and all others requirements before picking up their tickets.

For more detailed ticket information, select your ceremony from the above schedule.

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.

All attendees will be required to pass through metal detectors to ensure the safety of ceremony guests. To accommodate for this new security measure, be sure that you and your guests arrive early.


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Graduation application deadlines

Fall applications
Sept. 10, 2017

Winter applications
Jan. 7, 2018

Spring applications
March 25, 2018

Summer applications
June 24, 2018

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