All students MUST apply for graduation by the withdrawal deadline of the term in which they plan to complete degree requirements and graduate.
To apply to graduate:
- log into Athena
- select "student" then "apply to graduate"
- follow the directions provided.
- for detailed instructions: www.reg.uga.edu/files/applytograduate/gradappl.pdf
Graduating with a dual degree or double major
If you are completing dual degrees (ex. AB & BS or AB & BSED, etc.) or a double major (ex. AB History and AB English), you should contact each of your departmental advisors and graduation advisors to verify requirements for each degree.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)
FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students' education records. FERPA authorizes the release of “Directory Information” without a student’s prior written consent under certain conditions set forth in the Act. "Directory information" is information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.
Directory information includes:
- Student’s name
- Phone number
- Major/Fields of study
- Dates of attendance
- Degrees and awards received
Students who wish to restrict access to their directory information may do so, but this restriction may prevent a student's name from being included in the Commencement program. Students may add or remove the FERPA restriction in-person at the Registrar's Office or by emailing this form from the student’s UGA email along with a scan of the student's UGA ID.
Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. Commencement details are handled by the Registrar’s Office. http://commencement.uga.edu/
Some Franklin College departments have additional ceremonies or receptions for their graduating students. Please visit Franklin College Departmental Graduation Ceremonies or contact your department directly for more information.
Will my name appear in the commencement program?
Your name is scheduled to appear in the commencement program for the term you are expected to graduate unless you have placed a FERPA restriction on your information. Current and former students can request to add or remove a FERPA restriction to or from their record by completing the FERPA request form.
Will I be graduating with honors?
Graduating seniors will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted.
Honors designations are:
- Summa cum laude 3.90
- Magna cum laude 3.70
- Cum laude 3.50
Diplomas are normally mailed within 6 to 8 weeks after the official graduation date. For more information regarding your diploma, go to http://www.reg.uga.edu/graduation/diplomas. Diplomas are NOT given out at the commencement ceremony.
Franklin College Graduation Certification Office
358 Brooks Hall