Fall 2020 Commencement

Graduation Application Information 

December 11, 2020

9:00 AM Undergraduate Ceremony
School of Arts and Humanities
School of Science

12:30 PM Undergraduate Ceremony
School of Business and Industry

4:00 PM Undergraduate Ceremony
School of Education
School of Health Professions and Wellness

7:30 PM Graduate Ceremony
Graduate Commencement Ceremony

December 12, 2020

9:00 AM Undergraduate Ceremony
School of Human Services and Social Sciences

All commencement plans are subject to change at any time due to health concerns and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies and through the commencement webpage.

Page last updated 11/13/2020 10:00 a.m. CST.

Candidate Information

Caps, gown, and honor cords can now be preordered on the Oak Hall Website. All preorders will be shipped directly to the student. Regalia will be available for purchase on campus at the JSU Bookstore beginning October 12, 2020. 

Contact the JSU Bookstore at (256)782-5283 or email sm278@bncollege.com for information regarding purchasing regalia. 

Announcements and accessories can be ordered online at www.balfour.com.

The DVD of the ceremony can be preordered at the JSU Bookstore.

For information regarding the JSU custom diploma plaque, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (256)782-5404.

Order Mementos

The Graduation Name Pronunciation Service is available for undergraduate candidates with concerns about the pronunciation of their name. Call (256)782-8392 and slowly state your name, student number, school of major, and name pronunciation.

Village Photographers Grad Images will photograph every graduate as they cross the stage and receive their academic tube. A posed individual photo will also be taken of each graduate as they exit the stage. Free proofs will be sent by mail and email to graduates and their families within one week of the ceremony.

Official diplomas will be mailed within 3-4 weeks following graduation. If you had an address change since filling out the online Application for Degree, please submit the Diploma Mailing Address Form by December 4, 2020 only if you need to provide a new address where the diploma is to be mailed. You may verify the diploma mailing address provided during the application process through your MyJSU account. Select Self Service Banner, Student and Financial Aid, Student Records, and View Application to Graduate.

JSU Diplomas reflect the graduate's name, degree awarded, Latin honors, special honors in major, and the date the degree was conferred. Majors, minors, and concentrations are listed on the academic transcript. Please note that graduates with double majors are being awarded one degree.

Guest Information

Each graduate will be limited to 4 guests. Tickets will be distributed the day of the event. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. Guests will be required to wear masks as they enter Pete Mathews Coliseum, and masks must remain on throughout the event. Guests will need to sit in family/friend pods and social distance themselves from other family/friend pods. To allow for the sanitization of the coliseum between ceremonies, guests are asked to exit immediately following the recessional.

To ensure that all graduates are appropriately recognized, guests are asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony unless otherwise noted in the program.

Jacksonville State Athletics' Clear Bag Policy will be followed at graduation.

Accessible parking is available in the parking lots on the north and south sides of Pete Mathews Coliseum. Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor (main floor). Accessible seating is available at each corner of the arena on the second floor. Captioning Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals will be available as well as ASL interpreting on stage. 

To request additional accommodations or if you have questions, please contact: 

                                                Disability Support Services 

                                                139 Daugette Hall 

                                                256.782.8380 (voice or TTY) 

                                                dss@jsu.edu 


Directions from Birmingham, AL to Jacksonville

• Take I-20 East towards Atlanta
• Take the Hwy 21 North exit (No. 185) in Anniston/Oxford
• Turn left onto Hwy 21 North towards Jacksonville
• Drive 14 miles until you enter the city limits of Jacksonville
• After you drive around the Jacksonville town square, go to the fifth red light and turn left onto Hwy 204 – Rudy Abbott Highway
• Proceed one mile on Rudy Abbott Highway
• Pete Mathews Coliseum is on the left

Directions from Atlanta, GA to Jacksonville

• Take I-20 West towards Birmingham
• Take the Hwy 21 North exit (No. 185) at Anniston/Oxford
• Turn right onto Hwy 21 North towards Jacksonville
• Drive 14 miles until you enter the city limits of Jacksonville
• After you drive around the Jacksonville town square, go to the fifth red light and turn left onto Hwy 204 – Rudy Abbott Highway
• Proceed one mile on Rudy Abbott Highway
• Pete Mathews Coliseum is on the left

Directions from Chattanooga, TN to Jacksonville

• Take I-59 South towards Birmingham
• Take the US 431 South Exit (No. 183) at Attalla/Gadsden
• Turn left onto US 431 South towards Anniston
• Proceed through Gadsden and stay on US 431 for 18 miles
• Turn left on Hwy. 204 (Rudy Abbott Highway)
• Proceed on Hwy. 204 for 12 miles
• Pete Mathews Coliseum is on the left

Directions from Cullman, AL to Jacksonville

• Take US 278 East towards Gadsden
• Turn right on US 431 South when US 278 dead ends (approximately 50 miles) towards Anniston
• Proceed through Gadsden and stay on US 431 for 18 miles
• Turn left on Hwy. 204 (Rudy Abbott Highway)
• Proceed on Hwy. 204 for 12 miles
• Pete Mathews Coliseum is on the left

Directions from Huntsville, AL to Jacksonville

• Take US 431 South (Governors Lane) out of Huntsville towards Gadsden
• Proceed through Gadsden and stay on US 431 for 18 miles
• Turn left on Hwy. 204 (Rudy Abbott Highway)
• Proceed on Hwy. 204 for 12 miles
• Pete Mathews Coliseum is on the left

Commencement Live Streaming

Each of the commencement ceremonies will stream live on Facebook.

View Live Stream

2020 Commencement COVID-19 Safety PSA