Summer 2023 Commencement

Graduation Checklists

 Run a Degree Evaluation

  • Go to your student profile on your MyJaxState.
  • If your catalog term is Summer 2021 or before choose Degree Evaluation.
  • If your catalog term is Fall 2021 or after choose DegreeWorks.

 Meet with your Advisor to Discuss any Degree Deficiencies

Examples of degree deficiencies:
  • Missing required courses.
  • Not having enough earned hours from a four-year college or university.
  • Missing 300/400 level earned hours.
  • Missing Writing Intensive courses.

 Register for your Final Semester Courses

  • Once registration opens for your final semester, register for classes through your MyJaxState account.
  • Follow for more registration information.

 Apply for Graduation before the Deadline

 Take the EPP (Undergraduate Only)

  • All undergraduate students are required to take the EPP in their final semester.

 Take your Comprehensive Exam if required (Graduate Only)

 Complete the Reserve Your Seat for Graduation form

  • We request that all students complete the Reserve Your Seat for Graduation form to let us know if they plan to or do not plan to attend their commencement ceremony.
  • This form will become available on the Commencement page once ceremony times are posted.

 Graduation Fair

  • All students who have applied for graduation will receive an invitation to participate in their semester’s Graduation Fair through their JSU email. Through your invitation, you will be able to register for Cap & Gown photos and Shout-Out Videos.

 Purchase your Cap & Gown

  • Cap & Gowns are available to purchase through the Campus Bookstore.

 Resolve any Outstanding Balances

  • Outstanding balances will prevent the release of diplomas and transcripts. To prevent any delays, please resolve your balance prior to graduation.

August 4, 2023 - Pete Mathews Coliseum

10:00 AM

College of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences
College of Business and Industry
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2:00 PM

College of Education and Professional Studies
College of Health Professions and Wellness

Candidate Information

Information coming soon!

Caps, gowns, and all other regalia may be preordered on the Oak Hall website at  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 for information regarding purchasing regalia. 

Announcements and accessories can be ordered online at

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

Order Mementos

Please complete the Reserve Your Seat for Graduation Spring 2023 form to reserve your seat or indicate you will not be participating in your Spring 2023 ceremony. This form must be submitted by April 17, 2023.

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

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 July 27, 2023. The diploma mailing address can be verified by viewing the graduation application under the Student Profile tab on MyJaxState.

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

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