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Graduating Students Advising

Students graduating from Emory College of Arts and Sciences and/or participating in Emory Commencement should carefully review the information below.


Graduation Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring all graduation requirements, as listed in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Catalog, are complete by the end of their last term in the College. Students can track their degree progress using Degree Tracker with these instructions.

Graduation Application

Students must apply to graduate. At the start of the expected graduation term, a student will receive a link to the Online Graduation Application. Students can refer to the Graduation Application Guidelines for further information, checklist, and required documents to complete the application.

The deadlines for degree application are term specific and can be found on the website for the Office of the Registrar.

Application review and certification occurs after the deadline by the Office for Undergraduate Education. Our team will only contact you if we have questions about your application.

Senior Portal

Students who plan to graduate should review the Senior Portal (login required) for information on graduation, commencement and post-graduation services. The portal will also provide personalized graduation status updates as they become available.


All Commencement program and event information is available on the University Commencement Website, which also provides information on student regalia and preparation information, local attraction information, and details of inclement weather plans in the event of poor weather conditions.

All Commencement-related communications are sent to the Emory email address for degree applicants. Students are encouraged to check their university email regularly for commencement updates, event information, and relevant logistical information.

Commencement (and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony) for the Class of 2024 will take place on Monday, May 13, 2024.

Commencement Questions

  • Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?

    Yes, all Commencement participants must wear regalia. Purchase online by March 13 or in-person at the bookstore. If you have any questions, please contact Heather LaFleur at

  • Do I need to RSVP for Commencement?

    Yes, all graduates much register for both the University Ceremony and the Emory College Diploma Ceremony in MarchingOrder. Look for an email from which contains your unique log-in details to MarchingOrder.

  • Do my parents/guests need tickets for commencement?

    Guests will require tickets for the Main University Ceremony.

    Tickets will not be required for the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony under normal operating conditions. In the event of severe weather, we may be required to move the diploma ceremony indoors. In this event, tickets will be required and students will receive appropriate communications and QR tickets for their guests.

  • How do I get guest tickets?

    Once you register through MarchingOrder, you will receive two guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony. Additional tickets may be available on a first-come, first served basis.


  • What is the Name Pronunciation Form?

    This form can be found on MarchingOrder and is your RSVP to the Emory College Diploma Ceremony. This form must be completed by the deadline for your name to be announce in alphabetical order at the ceremony.


  • Is disability seating available?

    Students: If you are a student with a documented disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in Commencement activities, please submit a request for accommodation form. Requests for accommodation should be made no later than April 15, 2022.

    Guests: If you are inquiring about accommodations for a guest, please find wheelchair rental information located on the University Commencement Website or contact with questions.

  • Where can I view or purchase photographs from the Emory College Diploma Ceremony or Honors Ceremony?

    Emory College works with commencement photography specialists GradImages to photograph graduates during Commencement events. GradImages will contact graduates directly in the week after Commencement. Proofs and information on viewing the photographs of the Emory College Diploma Ceremony (and, in some cases, Honors Ceremony) will be mailed to the student’s home address of record, as well as to the permanent email address provided by the student.

  • May I study abroad during the summer semester after Commencement?

    Graduating seniors are eligible to participate in summer study abroad. Students can defer graduation until the end of the summer to receive financial aid or to complete final requirements to graduation. Students who defer graduation are still eligible to walk with their class with permission from the Office for Undergraduate Education. Emory summer study abroad courses would count toward the cumulative GPA. Students currently receiving financial aid or a courtesy scholarship would remain eligible.

    Visit the Education Abroad Program for more details.

  • I graduated in August or December and want to take part in Commencement. What do I do?

    Students who complete degree requirements in August or December may participate in the upcoming spring commencement ceremony. Please complete the “August & December Graduate Participation Form” from the Commencement section of this site to provide us with your post-Emory contact information.

    Students may also request special permission to participate in the spring commencement ceremony preceding their final semester if they have 16 or fewer credits to complete towards the degree. To be reviewed for eligibility, please complete the “Permission to Walk” form.

  • How do I update my diploma address and when will I receive my diploma?

    For questions regarding your diploma, check out our diploma FAQs.