GraduationThe Registrar’s Office has many graduation-related responsibilities. Some (but not all!) are:

  • Process graduation applications.
  • Complete graduation audits and post degrees to student records.
  • Assist with the graduation rehearsals and ceremonies.
  • Bill graduation fees to student accounts.
  • Order diplomas.
  • Keep students updated about graduation.

Graduation fees for 2013-2014: Graduation fees are due March 1, 2013 However, if you graduate before spring semester and wish to receive your diploma prior to graduation or a degree-posted transcript, you must pay the graduation fee and any other outstanding fees, etc. before you can receive a diploma or transcript. The graduation fee covers all costs associated with graduation except for cap and gown. It is a comprehensive fee and covers administrative costs for administering graduation, diploma, graduation ceremonies, etc. As stated. The fee is a comprehensive fee and is therefore not reduced for students who do not attend graduation.

Graduation Announcements: Graduation Announcements are ordered from Jostens. Students will receive an email early spring semester with more information. Announcements can be ordered online from Jostens or students can place an order by calling 1-800-353-5299.

Graduation Audits: Audits are completed once a semester and a copy of the audit is either mailed or emailed to the student and adviser. The graduation audit is also available online in CampusWEB. ONLY students who’ve applied for graduation and had an audit completed will be able to view their audit in CampusWEB. If paperwork comes in between mailed hard copies, you may see a change on the online audit. Pay close attention to the “updated date” on the CampusWEB audit!

Caps and Gowns: Caps and gowns can be ordered from Jostens beginning approximately Feb. 1, 2014. Graduates will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office with instructions at that time. Students will order cap and gown directly from Jostens either online or call 1-800-353-5299. Please your order by no later than March 11th for doctoral programs and April 1st for all other programs to guarantee delivery and to not incur express shipping fees.

What to wear to graduation?  Your cap and gown are black, so please wear dark clothing, including dark shoes (gentlemen should wear dark pants). Graduation is held on a lawn so we strongly encourage that ladies do not wear high heels. During lineup, the Registrar’s Office will distribute the honors tassels to the undergraduate students who are graduating with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude). Individual school officials will also be present to issue hoods to graduate students. Students inducted into departmental honor societies must contact their respective departments about ordering honor cords. Seniors may wear honor cords issued by a Brenau sponsored department/organization and the Brenau honors tassels at the graduation ceremony. You may only wear regalia issued through Brenau at graduation. You may not wear honor cords/tassels/pins issued by another school/organization and no visible religious or cultural attire are allowed.

What is the criteria to graduate with honors?  Graduation Honors Honors are conferred upon qualified undergraduate students who have achieved the following cumulative grade point averages. Graduate students are not eligible for graduation honors as the criteria for admission and good standing are so much higher than those set for undergraduate students.

  • Cum Laude: 3.50
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.90

To be eligible for consideration as an honor graduate, a student must have completed a minimum of three semesters of course work through Brenau. For computational purposes, equivalent Brenau grades and quality points will be assigned to academic grades earned at other accredited institutions.

Directions to Venues

Brenau Campus Map and Parking Information

Rain Location Map (only applies if graduation is moved to the rain venue; First Baptist Church)

Hotel Information for overnight graduation guests.


Graduation and Line-Up/Directions schedule for Spring 2014

Unit: Line-Up/Directions: Ceremony:
Women’s College
Pearce Auditorium
Friday, May 2, 2014
Brenau Front Campus
Friday, May 2, 2014
Undergraduate &
All Graduate Students
Pearce Auditorium
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:30 a.m.
Brenau Front Campus
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:30 a.m.


FOR OUR SUMMER 2014 GRADUATES:  If you apply for graduation for 2013-14 and will finish your graduation requirements during summer semester, 2014, or will have transient credit or CLEP credit that is still outstanding by the graduation ceremony, please submit a Summer Graduation Form This form is required in addition to the graduation form and is due March 15, 2014. Summer Forms are not due until that date because most students will know the summer classes they need [for summer] after spring registration. When we complete spring audits and see that you will not be finishing your requirements during spring semester, we will send you the Summer Graduation Form if we do not already have one from you on file.

Graduation 2014-2015: We will accept graduation applications for the class of 2014-2015  (students who will complete their degree by spring semester, 2015) from May 15, 2014 – Dec. 1, 2014. That means all coursework must be complete, including thesis, internships, student teaching, etc. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2014. Students may apply – with a late fee – from Dec. 2, 2014 – Jan. 15, 2015.

During the application period (May 15 – Jan. 15), we recommend you submit your application one of the following ways:

  1. by email as an attachment via your Brenau email account (to
  2. by fax (770) 538-4790
  3. bring it by our office during office hours.

If you do not get an email confirmation that we’ve received your application, do not assume that we’ve received it. Please follow up. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the application is received by our office.

 Women’s College (Application for 2014-2015 will be available May 15, 2014)

Undergraduate  This includes evening, weekend and online undergraduate students (Application for 2014-2015 will be available May 15, 2014)

Graduate  This includes all graduate degree-seeking programs – including dual-degree (bachelor/master) programs (Application for 2014-2015 will be available May 15, 2014)

General inquiries:, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions:, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100