The steps to Commencement are simple, but they require active participation on the part of the student to go smoothly. Please be aware of the following actions and keep up with the process throughout the semester you plan to graduate.
Make Sure Your Student Email Address is Active
This is the only official notification instrument the college uses to communicate your status as a graduation candidate. You must have registered for classes in the last two years (six semesters) to have an active email address. If your address does not work, first complete re-entry into your graduate program and then follow these instructions to reactivate or create a new Georgia State University email address.
Do not set up your email address to forward mail to another account. If you have already done so, please be certain that email is being forwarded to an active email account. Often, students set up mail to be forwarded and then change or close the target account. The Office of Academic Assistance cannot be responsible for communicating required information if email is being routed to a “dead” or forgotten email account not sponsored by Georgia State University.
If you have particular problems with this requirement, please call the Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-5855.
Apply for Graduation Via Your PAWS Account.
The Office of the Registrar typically asks students to apply for graduation TWO SEMESTERS in advance. Specifics about that process can be found on the university graduation webpage. When applying for graduation, ensure the term you intend to graduate is the same term your degree requirements will be met.
If you intended to graduate a previous semester and were unable to do so, please notify Mr. Tony Davis in the Office of Academic Assistance. Also, students who know they will not graduate the semester they have applied should contact Mr. Tony Davis and submit a Graduation Change Form.
*Note: The Office of Academic Assistance does NOT handle the graduation application process.
Register for Classes
You must be registered during the semester that you complete your degree requirements. Check with the graduate director in your department to determine which courses and how many hours you will be required to take. You must also be in compliance with the Continuous Enrollment policy.
Confirmation and Instructions
At the beginning of the semester of your intended graduation, the Office of Academic Assistance will confirm that you are on the graduation list. You will also receive instructions and forms to aid the graduation process. If your intended graduation term has changed, please notify Mr. Tony Davis immediately. Waiting until later in the semester could cause unnecessary confusion or delays.
If you are in a non-thesis program, you must have your paper completed and approved by the calendar deadline date for the semester of graduation registration.
If you are a candidate for a degree requiring a thesis or dissertation, you must comply with the instructions in the Thesis/Dissertation Guide and upload your approved composition to the library web server according to all deadlines.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Contact us for information on the application process. Program-specific inquiries should be directed to your college, school or institute of interest.