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 The events will be streamed live and and available for viewing after the event.

Fall 2021 Graduation Line-Up/Instructions and Ceremony schedule:

This would primarily include students completing degrees Summer and Fall 2021.
Only students who are finished may attend. No outstanding coursework, incompletes or transient work permitted.

All Programs: Friday, Dec 10

Pearce Auditorium
Brenau University, Gainesville Georgia

  • Graduate Programs (master, specialist, doctoral):  Student check-in & line-up (Yonah Hall), 8:30 a.m. – guest seating begins at 9:00 a.m. –  Graduation (Pearce Auditorium), 10:00 a.m.
  • Undergraduate Programs (associate, bachelor): Student check-in & line-up (Yonah Hall), 12:30 p.m. – guest seating begins at 12:30 p.m. – Graduation (Pearce Auditorium), 1:30 p.m.

Spring 2022 Graduation Line-Up/Instructions and Ceremony schedule:

Women’s College, Friday, May 6

Line-Up/Instructions: Pearce Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.
Graduation: Front Lawn, 4:30 p.m.

University (graduate and undergraduate), Saturday, May 7

Line-Up/Instructions: Pearce Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.
Graduation: Front Lawn, 9:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather
In the event of rain, ceremonies will be moved indoors. Women’s College will be held at the same date/time, in Pearce Auditorium (with Line-Up & Instructions in Yonah Hall upper dining room). Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies will be split as follows:

Undergraduate (associate, bachelor), Saturday, May 7
Line-up/instructions: Yonah Hall upper dining room at 12:30 p.m.
Graduation: Pearce Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.

Graduate (masters, specialist, doctorate) Saturday, May 7
Line-up/instructions: Yonah Hall upper dining room at 9 a.m.
Graduation: Pearce Auditorium, 10 a.m.

If graduation must be moved due to inclement weather, a banner will appear across the main website and a notice sent via E2Campus. The alternate rain-location will be Pearce auditorium at Brenau.

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

Caps/Gowns: Regalia is ordered from the Brenau Bookstore. Students can begin ordering Regalia on Sept. 2. Until then, the ordering site is not active. Click here to enter the bookstore regalia store.

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, including dark shoes (gentlemen should wear dark pants). Graduation is held on the 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. 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.