Andrew Young School of Policy Studies – Masters/Ph.D. Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Masters and Ph.D. students graduating from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies during the Spring 2017 semester will participate in the college’s masters/PH.D student graduation ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm to be held at the Georgia State University’s State Ballroom in the Student Center located at the corner of Gilmer and Courtland streets. This is a change from previous commencement exercises due to the March closure of the Georgia Dome.

Below you will find information for graduating masters and Ph.D. students wanting to register and attend the college Masters/Ph.D. Student Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

Masters and Ph.D. students must register in advance to participate in the Andrew Young School Masters/Ph.D. Graduation Recognition Ceremony. To register please go to:

Please note: if you received this notification in error or your graduation status has changed, please contact the Andrew Young School’s Office of Academic Assistance at (404) 413-021.

Dress code for the Masters/Ph.D. Graduation Recognition Ceremony

The dress code for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Graduate/Ph.D. Graduation Recognition Ceremony is full graduation regalia (cap, gown, and hood) for all graduating candidates.

Guest Attendance and Tickets

Friends and family are invited to attend the recognition ceremony. Each student will be initially allotted 3 guest tickets. If additional tickets do remain, they will be distributed evenly amongst registered students until they are exhausted. The ceremony will be held in the GSU Student Center Ballroom, the limited space requires the college to issue tickets for guests to the ceremony. All guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Please note that seating for family and friends is on a first come, first served basis.

Graduates and Guests with Special Needs

If you or your guests have any special needs, please inform us by calling the Andrew Young School’s Office of Academic Assistance at (404) 413-0021. Please notify us of your special needs by no later than Friday, April 21, 2017.

Student Check-in for Andrew Young School’s Masters/Ph.D. Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Ceremony check-in will be from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm in the West Exhibit Hall of the Urban Life Building. All Masters and Ph.D. students registered to participate in the Recognition Ceremony, must arrive for check-in and instructions before 2:45 pm. Those students arriving after 2:45 pm, may not be recognized on stage as the ceremony progresses very quickly, so it is imperative that students arrive on time for check-in. Regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.


Once graduates check-in, they will be given instructions on the processional, seating, ceremony recognition, and recessional. Guests of the graduates are to proceed directly to the seating area in the Student Center Ballroom. The doors to the seating area will open at 1:30 pm. We kindly ask that all graduates participating in the ceremony to please leave their valuables with their guests or be prepared to take their valuables with them during the ceremony.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is not responsible for any items left unattended in the Urban Life Building or the Student Center before, during or after the ceremony.