Chloe Dillard talks with other graduates after receiving her Master of Education degree during the Brenau University Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Gainesville, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Apply for graduation by completing the online application.

The deadlines are:

  • Spring: Jan 15 with a late fee period from Jan. 16 – Feb. 1
  • Summer/Fall: Sept. 15 with a late fee period from Sept. 16 – Oct. 1

Note: Students who apply for spring graduation after the final deadline (Feb. 1) will be given the opportunity to attend the fall graduation ceremony.

Don’t wait until the deadline! Apply now to receive your audit in plenty of time to change your schedule if needed!

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.

The 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 ATTENDANCE – Who can participate? Students must complete ALL coursework by the graduation ceremony in order to attend. All coursework, and any pending transient work, must be transferred back to Brenau (via official transcript) BEFORE graduation. Students who have any coursework pending or have outstanding incompletes will not be permitted to walk.

Graduation Streaming:

We stream all graduation ceremonies via Vimeo and Wowza. The events will be streamed live and and available for viewing after the event.

2021 Graduation:

A spring Graduation Celebration is planned for April 30 and May 1. Please see the schedule below for dates/times. Students who are attending will receive detailed information about parking and other protocols closer to the event. Expect to arrive about 45 minutes prior to the ceremony to have enough time to check in and be seated prior to the event.

April 30:
The Women’s College Graduation Celebration: 4 p.m

May 1: 
Undergraduate Graduation Celebration: 9 a.m.

Graduate Graduation Celebration (Ivester College of Health Sciences): 12:30 p.m.

Graduate Graduation Celebration (all other colleges): 4 p.m.

The graduation celebrations will occur on the front lawn of the historic Gainesville campus, and socially distanced seats will be assigned in groups of three (student and their two guests). The two guest maximum will be strictly enforced. The two guests must be accompanied by the student to enter the lawn. The graduation celebration will involve a rather typical order of ceremonies, but when students’ names are called, each graduate will walk across the stage and pick up his or her diploma cover. We will not have an opportunity to shake hands, but we will offer each student a round of applause and words of congratulations. Spring 2021 graduates will receive their diplomas following the celebration via registered U.S. mail. Before the diplomas are mailed, we will confirm students’ mailing addresses via email. When the diplomas are mailed, students will receive an email with the registered mail tracking number.

  • All students and guests must wear a face covering that covers both nose and mouth during the entirety of their time on the Brenau campus.
  • All students and guests must also present a green screen received via email after completing the university’s COVID-19 health screening form. Guests will need a cell phone in order to show their completed green screens.
  • There will not be a processional or recessional to avoid close contact.
  • Students will register to attend one time only, the Attendance Registration Form by noon, March 17

The university looks forward to graduation and celebrating with you this important milestone, achieved with distinction during such an extraordinary time. We shall see you soon.

Announcements: Announcements are ordered from Herff Jones. Please click here to enter the Herff Jones Brenau store.

Caps/Gowns: Regalia is ordered from Oak Hall Regalia Company. Questions about regalia ordering can be directed to Oak Hall or the Brenau Bookstore. Click here to enter the regalia store.

Class Rings

Hoods: Graduate students (master, specialist, doctoral) will order hoods with their regalia package. Here is an instructional video of how to wear your hood. Of course, Brenau staff will be on hand on the big day to assist you.

Audits: Audits are completed once a semester. When the audit is updated, the student and adviser will be notified by email that the audit is 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.

Diploma size:  Undergraduate diplomas (associate’s, bachelor’s) are 8 x 11.5 inches. Graduate diplomas (master’s, specialist, and doctoral) are 12 x 15 inches.

Fees: Graduation fees are due  by the end of the semester applied. 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.

Guests: The number of guests that can attend graduation depends on how many students are walking and the space allowed. All students are given the same number of guest passes. The Registrar’s Office will send an email out to students about 2-3 months prior to graduation as to their intention to attend. The number of guest passes will be determined on that response. Guest passes are only required for indoor events.

Graduation Parking: Parking is available in multiple areas on the Gainesville historic campus. Please see the Parking Map (PDF) for more information.

Pictures: There will be a professional photographer on hand  to photograph you receiving your diploma cover from President Schrader. Go to the photography website to create an account with the photographer. With the account, you can review your graduation pictures by your last name and school once they are uploaded to the site. A pre-graduation flyer provides discounts for registering early. Of course, there is no obligation to purchase photographs.

What to wear to graduation?  Your cap and gown are black, so please wear dark clothing and dark shoes. If wearing pants or a long skirt/dress, those should be dark as well. Graduation is held on the lawn so we strongly suggest you do not wear high heeled shoes. 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. Decorating mortarboards (graduation caps) is not permitted.

Here is a list of approved department honor societies and sororities that may wear additional regalia (stoles, cords) to graduation. You must have been inducted into one of these organizations at Brenau. If your organization is not listed, please contact the Provost Office at 770-534-6119 to request approval for your organization.

Current Honor Societies of Brenau University: Current Sororities:
Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Scholarship) Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre) Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Sigma Lambda (Post-Traditional Undergrad) Alpha Gamma Delta
Delta Mu Delta (Business-Grad/Undergrad) Alpha Kappa Alpha
Delta Eta Pi (Dance) Delta Delta Delta
Delta Phi Tau (Graduate Physical Therapy) Phi Mu
Gama Sigma Alpha (Greek Academic Excellence) Zeta Tau Alpha
Kappa Delta Pi (Education-Grad/Undergrad)
Kappa Pi, Beta Chapter (Art) Other Brenau University Organizations:
Lambda Pi Eta (Communication) Active Military and Veterans
Mu Phi Epsilon (Music) Brenau Fashion Network
Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership) Black Student Association
Order of Omega (Greek Leadership) Her Campus
Phi Alpha Theta (History) Student Athletes
Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society)
Pi Theta Epsilon (Graduate Occupational Therapy)
Phi Theta Kappa (Associate Degrees)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Rho Lambda (Panhellenic Spirit)
Sigma Phi Omega (Graduate Gerontology)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
Women’s College Honor Programs Graduates

What is the criteria to graduate with honors?Graduation 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 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.


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