Information for Degree Candidates

Who qualifies for this year’s ceremony?

The 2022 Commencement includes anyone who had their degree conferred for Fall 2021, is on pace for conferral for Spring 2022, or meets the criteria to participate but will be a Summer 2022 conferral. Your eligibility to participate is included in the official review information that is provided after you apply for graduation.

If a student wants to be allowed to participate in the other Commencement group, they need to submit an Academic Appeal providing context to their request.

Graduation Application

Graduating students must submit a degree application through their student account by Monday, May 2, 2022.

Degree candidates must finish “Incomplete” grades, forward any necessary transcripts, and clear all holds on their account in order to graduate.

If you have any doubt that all holds have been cleared from your record, please visit your OASIS Student Account and the Student Planning module to see if there are any holds listed there. Learn more about the graduation application process.


Graduates will be expected to participate in a rehearsal prior to the ceremony. Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cousins Center.

Carillon Ceremony

The Carillon Ceremony will be held immediately following rehearsal on Thursday, May 19, at Lupton Hall. Graduating seniors will have the chance to climb the Lupton bell tower and ring the carillon bells. A photographer will be on hand to capture the special moment! A toast to the graduating class, led by the Senior Class President, will conclude the ceremony.

Graduate Attire

Acceptable attire includes:

  • Short-sleeved white or light colored shirt/blouse (with dark tie)
  • Light-weight dark-colored trousers/pants
  • Light-weight dress
  • Dark shoes
  • Dress sandals (as long as they are not loud when walking)

Unacceptable attire includes:

  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Athletic shoes
  • Sandals
  • Flip-flops
  • Stilettos
  • Platform shoes

Arrival Time for Graduates

Graduates should arrive by 8 a.m. on the day of their ceremony and report to the Cousins Center.

Cap and Gown Packages from Herff Jones

The online order deadline for ordering a cap and gown from Herff Jones is March 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Students have the option of shipping their cap and gowns to their home for a shipping fee, or picking them up on campus at no extra charge. Graduates will receive a 2022 tassel. Order online here!

Cap and Gown distribution on campus:

  • May 2, 2022 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. – Turner Lynch Campus Center
  • May 3, 2022 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Turner Lynch Campus Center
  • May 5, 2022 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. – Turner Lynch Campus Center
  • May 6, 2022 from 10 a.m.-2p.m. – Turner Lynch Campus Center

Oglethorpe Ring Events

Get fitted and order your official Oglethorpe Leadership or Legacy Ring!

  • February 14, 2022 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Turner Lynch Campus Center
  • March 10, 2022 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Turner Lynch Campus Center