Graduation Advising and Certification

The Graduation Certification Office informs and advises students regarding progress towards graduation. Graduation advisors work with students and relevant departments to maintain the accuracy of academic records and certify students for graduation in the appropriate term.

Graduation advisors offer appointments throughout the year.

Whether or not a student ever schedules a graduation appointment, graduation advisors evaluate the records of every student the semester they apply to graduate.

List of graduation advisors for each major
 

What is graduation certification?

Graduation certification is the process by which undergraduate students in the Franklin College are reviewed and cleared to graduate. This is done by a graduation advisor without any action on the part of the students, at the conclusion of the semester the student is tentatively scheduled to graduate.

Graduation check appointment

A graduation check appointment, or “grad check”, is an optional appointment with a graduation advisor to discuss any academic questions a Junior or Senior may have. A comprehensive checklist of remaining graduation requirements will be given to the student. 

  • To schedule an appointment with your graduation advisor call 706-542-1522.
  • Students are not cleared for registration by their graduation advisors.

List of graduation advisors for each major

Applying For Graduation

All students must apply for graduation. Students planning on graduating in the Fall, apply in the Spring prior.  And students planning on graduating in the Spring or Summer, apply in the Fall prior.

To apply to graduate:

Graduating with a dual degree or double major

If you are completing more than one degree, you will need to apply to graduate for each of your majors.

Commencement

Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. There is no Commencement at the end of Summer semester, and those students will walk in the May ceremony. 

Commencement details are handled by the Registrar’s Office.  http://commencement.uga.edu/

Some Franklin College departments have additional ceremonies or receptions for their graduating students. Please visit Franklin College Departmental Graduation Ceremonies or contact your department directly for more information.

Will my name appear in the commencement program?

Your name will appear in the commencement program for the term in which you have applied to graduate, with the following exceptions:

If you wait too long to apply to graduate, the programs may go to printer before your name is added.

And students with a FERPA restriction won’t appear in the program.  Students can request to add or remove a FERPA restriction by completing the FERPA request form.

Will I be graduating with honors?

Graduating seniors will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted.

Honors designations are:

  • Summa cum laude 3.90
  • Magna cum laude 3.70
  • Cum laude 3.50

Diplomas

Diplomas are normally mailed within 6 to 8 weeks after the official graduation date. For more information regarding your diploma, go to http://www.reg.uga.edu/graduation/diplomas. Diplomas are NOT given out at the commencement ceremony.

Questions?

You should contact your graduation advisor listed below or you may email askgco@uga.edu  

 

Major

Graduation Advisor

African American Studies

Schala Bolton

Anthropology

Schala Bolton

Arabic

Schala Bolton

Art

Morgan Mahaffey

Art History

Morgan Mahaffey

Atmospheric Sciences

Rebecca Jeffers

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Rebecca Jeffers

Biology

Chera Watts

Cellular Biology

Rebecca Jeffers

Chemistry

Rebecca Jeffers

Chinese Language and Literature

Schala Bolton

Classical Culture

Chera Watts

Classical Languages

Chera Watts

Cognitive Science

Rebecca Jeffers

Communication Studies

Harriett Gunter

Comparative Literature

Schala Bolton

Computer Science

Morgan Mahaffey

Criminal Justice Studies

Schala Bolton

Dance

Harriett Gunter

Economics

Schala Bolton

English

Rebecca Jeffers

Film Studies

Morgan Mahaffey

French

Greg Kline

Genetics

Rebecca Jeffers

Geography

Rebecca Jeffers

Geology

Schala Bolton

German

Chera Watts

Germanic and Slavic Languages

Chera Watts

Greek

Chera Watts

History

Schala Bolton

Interdisciplinary Studies

Schala Bolton

Italian

Greg Kline

Japanese Language and Literature

Schala Bolton

Latin

Chera Watts

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Greg Kline

Linguistics

Morgan Mahaffey

Mathematics

Schala Bolton

Microbiology

Rebecca Jeffers

Music

Morgan Mahaffey

Philosophy

Greg Kline

Physics

Rebecca Jeffers

Physics and Astronomy

Rebecca Jeffers

Plant Biology

Rebecca Jeffers

Psychology

Harriett Gunter

Religion

Schala Bolton

Romance Languages

Greg Kline

Russian

Chera Watts

Sociology

Schala Bolton

Spanish

Greg Kline

Statistics

Greg Kline

Studio Art

Morgan Mahaffey

Theatre

Morgan Mahaffey

Women's Studies

Schala Bolton

 

Franklin College Graduation Certification Office
706-542-1522
askgco@uga.edu