Fall 2022 Commencement

December 16, 2022 - Pete Mathews Coliseum

Ceremonies TBA

Please note:

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.


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Fall 2022 

Commencement Day Instructions 

 

When and Where to Report: Arrive one hour prior your ceremony. Follow the signs to enter Pete Mathews Coliseum through the doors on the east side into the Auxiliary Gym.  

Apparel:  It is recommended that you wear apparel appropriate for the weather and occasion. Candidates will walk downstairs during the processional; therefore, comfortable shoes are recommended. To request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at (256)782-8380 (voice or TTY).

 

Upon Arrival:

  1. Once in the Auxiliary gym, please make your way to the check-in table for your college. You will receive your ceremony name card. Make sure you take care of your name card. It has your line number for the processional and will be scanned prior to crossing the stage. This will allow for your name and degree name to be displayed on the screens as you cross the stage.  
  2. Please plan to leave your personal belongings with family members or guests. The JSU Athletic Clear Bag Policy is followed at commencement. Candidates will be directed to exit the building following the ceremony and will not return to the Auxiliary Gym.
  3. Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony. You will need to be dressed in your full regalia before entering. 
  4. There will be tables where you can complete the photography information on the back of your name card.

The Processional:

When it is time for the processional, a staff member will direct you to start lining up by college. You will line up numerically behind the marshal for your college. The marshal will lead your college onto the main court and to your seats. Please be sure to stay in numerical order.

During the Ceremony: 

  1. Duration:  The ceremony is expected to last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Out of respect for all candidates, all participants are expected to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony. 
  2. Crossing the Stage:  Student Marshals will direct you to the stage at the appropriate time. You must bring your name card with you to the stage. Photographs will be taken by a professional, university approved photographer as you receive your diploma cover. 

Doctoral Graduates: Hooding will take place on the stage.

After Crossing the Stage: You will exit the stage and have a photograph taken between the flags. Once the photograph is taken, please return to your seat.  

The Recessional:

Platform members will exit first in the recessional, followed by faculty, and then graduates. Student marshals will release students by rows to exit the court. You will not be allowed back onto the court after exiting; therefore, prior to the ceremony, you will need to establish a location to meet with your family and guests following the ceremony. 

Caps, gowns, and all other regalia may be preordered on the Oak Hall website at https://jsu.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome.  All preorders will be shipped directly to the student. Regalia may also be purchased on campus at the JSU Bookstore. 

Master's, EdS, and Doctoral Hood Colors with Corresponding Degrees:
View the Hood Color Guide Graphic
Hood Color Guide (Text)

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 https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1000739/Jacksonville-State-University/.

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

Order Mementos

Information coming soon.

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

The Grad Team will photograph every graduate as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover. 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.

The Grad Team
www.thegradteam.com/events

All Diplomas Are Mailed After Graduation

Official diplomas will be mailed within 3-4 weeks following graduation. Email notification will be sent to the graduates’ GEM email accounts once diplomas are mailed. Diplomas are mailed in flat cardboard mailers. For added protection, diplomas are placed in a red, paper folder with the university’s seal embossed in gold foil. Diplomas are printed in standard sizes so that they may be easily framed. Students mus meet all financial obligations prior to the release of the diploma.

Diploma Sizes:
  8X10   Undergraduate and Graduate Diplomas
11X14   Doctoral Diploma

Candidates who have had an address change since completing the online Application for Degree will need to submit the Diploma Mailing Address Form by December 12, 2022. The diploma mailing address can be verified by viewing the graduation application under the Student Profile tab on MyJSU.

Information on the Diploma

The JSU diploma reflects the graduate's name, degree awarded, Latin honors, special honors in major, and the date the degree was conferred. Majors, minors, and concentrations are not listed on the diploma, but they are listed on the academic transcript. Please note that graduates with double majors are being awarded one degree; therefore, one diploma will be issued.

Diploma Covers

Graduates who participate in the commencement ceremony will be presented, on stage, with a red, padded diploma cover with the university’s crest embossed in gold foil.  

Graduates who do not participate in the commencement ceremony, and wish to receive the diploma cover, may pick up the cover in the Registrar’s Office the week following graduation.

Graduates wishing to request a diploma cover be mailed, may submit the Diploma Cover Mailing form, along with payment for shipping and handling, to the Registrar’s Office.                

Guest Information

Doors will open 45 minutes prior to each ceremony. Ample seating is available on a first come first serve basis. 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 the building. Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor (main floor). Accessible seating is available at each corner of the arena. Captioning Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals will also be available. ASL interpreting will be provided on stage.

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

    

                                                Disability Resources 

                                                2nd Floor, Houston Cole Library

                                                256.782.8380 (voice or TTY) 

                                                disabilityresources@jsu.edu 

Physical Address to Pete Mathews Coliseum:

775 Park Ave NW
Jacksonville, AL 36265

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