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Spring 2018 Commencement Information
May 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Graduate Information
Graduates must check-in at Howard Auditorium between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
*Do not leave any personal belongings in the Auditorium. The Auditorium will be locked during the ceremony and no access will be available after the ceremony. The College will not be responsible for lost items.

*Please remember that participation in the commencement ceremony does not denote official certification of the degree or certificate.  Official certification of graduation is only made when all curriculum requirements have been satisfactorily addressed and recorded in the Registrar’s Office.

Guest Information
Guests should have tickets in hand when they arrive at Gressette for the ceremony. Seating is not assigned by ticket, and is on a first come first serve basis. Please remember that even if you have a ticket, anyone that arrives after the processional has begun will not be admitted. So arrive early and find a seat.

Due to growing numbers of graduates and guests, we have out grown Gressette Gymnasium and thus the ability to meet and remain compliant with the fire code.  In order to accommodate these growing numbers, students participating in graduation will be eligible  tickets for guest admission to the commencement ceremony. This will also ensure that each graduate’s family and friends will have equal opportunity to attend this important ceremony. If you do not need all allotted tickets please be considerate of the other graduates and do not take all tickets.
*children 3 years old and under will not need a ticket

Ticket Pick-up
Tickets can be picked up in the ABAC Bookstore through Friday, May 4. The Bookstore is open Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 pm. and Friday 8:00 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you do not claim your allotted tickets by May 4, you will lose your opportunity to claim them. Any tickets not picked-up by that date will be entered into a lottery of extra tickets. The number of tickets each graduate receives is determined by the total number of graduates. It ranges from four to seven. The number will be communicated via email closer to the ceremony.

Remaining tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis on Monday, May 7, at 8:30 a.m. in the front lobby of Tift Hall.

***MUST have indicated you are participating in the Commencement Ceremony and present your ABAC Gold Card to pick-up tickets***

Graduation Practice
Graduation practice will be held for all graduates participating in commencement on Wednesday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.

Photographs & Video
Professional pictures of the ceremony will be provided by Wes Sewell Photography. For the discounted rate sheet, click here and to view your photos, visit If you are interested in purchasing a video of the ceremony, contact Tom Grant at for more information.

Parking is available in the south parking lot, which is located off of Davis Road. Handicap Drop off/Pick-up is available behind Gressette Gymnasium on Rotunda Place. Designated Handicap parking is available behind the J. Lamar Branch Student Center.

Special Accommodations Needed
Graduation candidates with special needs must contact the Office of Public Relations at 229-391-5055 no later than Thursday, April 26  so that accommodations can be made.

More Questions?
Contact Marketing and Communications by emailing Lindsey Roberts, Director, at or call 229-391-5055.