Commencement Ceremony Information

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Commencement Ceremony Information

2020 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, October 2nd, 8:00 AM
Lanier Technical College
2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, GA 30507
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A few words about Commencement:

Due to COVID-19 precautions and safety guidelines, this ceremony will take place throughout our campus as a drive-through event. Graduates will arrive in one vehicle for them (and guests who ride with them) and up to one additional vehicle. There will be two points during the event when graduates and their guests will be able to get out of their vehicles, one to take photos and one for the stage moment.

  • The stage area will be live-streamed on our website during the ceremony
  • Commencement speeches will be pre-recorded and made available on our website
  • Restrooms will not be available

Instructions will be emailed to graduates with more specific details and approximate times for them to arrive. It is very important that graduates and their guests follow the timeline that will be outlined for them in order to have a smooth ceremony with minimum wait time.

Who is eligible to participate?

Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diploma, and Technical Certificate of Credit students who complete their programs during Summer Semester 2019, Fall Semester 2019, Spring Semester 2020 or Summer Semester 2020 are eligible to participate.

How do I register to participate in the ceremony and what is the deadline?

Graduates can register online by going to the Graduation area of our website. The deadline to register for this year’s Commencement Ceremony is August 1, 2020.

What is the process?

  1. An Application for Graduation Credential must be completed by each potential graduate. See academic calendar for deadlines for each semester. Students should apply for graduation when they register for their anticipated last semester. This allows the Registrar’s Office time to process the request and notify the student of the results via email.
  2. The student must register to participate in the Commencement Ceremony by August 1, 2020 by submitting the Commencement Ceremony Registration form
  3. The student must pay the $40 Graduation Fee by August 1st.
  4. After the graduation fee is paid, the student will be emailed a link to order their cap and gown through Oak Hall. There is no cost to submit this order. Regalia will be delivered to Lanier Technical College campuses. Pick up will be at the campus the student selects between September 14th and September 24th.

What does the $40 Graduation Fee cover?

The Graduation Fee helps cover the cost of the student cap, gown, and tassel, as well as extra expenses incurred for the ceremony. The actual cost exceeds $40. Additional funding for the Commencement Ceremony is provided by the Student Government Association and the Student Activity Fees you pay each semester.

When is the $40 Graduation Fee due?

The Graduation Fee is due no later than August 1, 2020. This will ensure that the graduate’s cap and gown order can be placed and received in time for the ceremony. Payments can be made in Banner Web or by phone with the Business Office at 770-533-6910 or 770-533-6908. Graduates must have received confirmation that their registration form was processed before they can pay the Graduation Fee.

Do I need to attend rehearsal?

Because Commencement is held in the morning, we do not have a scheduled rehearsal. We ask that all graduates arrive promptly at 7:30AM on October 2nd to allow time to prepare for the ceremony.

How do I get information about Class Rings, Personalized Graduation Announcements, Graduation Accessories, and Collegiate Frames?

Those interested may visit the Herff Jones website to view items and place an order at: http://www.herffjones.com/college/graduation/

Will there be professional photos taken during Commencement?

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your complimentary proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Pre-registering is a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your proofs as quickly as possible. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://www.gradimages.com/Preregistration.

What type of notification will graduates receive?

Students who are eligible to participate in the ceremony will be contacted by both student email and the personal email on record with information and a link to the registration form.

Do you need special accommodations or assistance to participate in the ceremony? Do you have a guest who may need special accommodations?

Individuals with disabilities requiring assistance or accommodation to participate in or attend the Commencement Ceremony should contact Allison Haynes at 770-533-7003 or ahaynes@laniertech.edu no later than Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Graduation is a very special time. We encourage you to enjoy your accomplishment, reflect on the time spent pursuing your degree, diploma or certificate, but look forward to the exciting future of endless possibilities.