Ceremony Information


Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of each semester. At the end of the fall and spring semesters, three ceremonies are held - one for each college; Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education. Each ceremony is held in the Athens State University Carter Physical Education Center Gymnasium.

To ensure a healthy and safe environment for all graduates, guests, faculty, and staff, social distancing measures will be put into place, which limits the total number of occupants for Carter Gymnasium.

To accommodate social distancing restrictions, each graduate will receive TWO tickets for guests. While we understand this may be difficult for some graduates, it is the only way we can ensure appropriate space is maintained.  For those who aren’t able to attend, we will be streaming the live event.  Links will be made available through the Athens State University website and social media accounts.

Graduates and their guests must have their temperature screened before entering Carter Gymnasium.  Those who have a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be unable to enter the building.

Guests are required to wear a mask or similar face covering.  It is requested that masks be worn at all times while inside Carter Gymnasium and only be removed for photo opportunities when outdoors.  Graduates are required to wear a mask or similar face covering but may remove their mask when crossing the stage, and having their picture taken.

Spring 2021 Ceremonies

May  1, 2021
Carter Physical Education Center – Gymnasium

  • College of Education: 9:00 am (including those receiving education certification)
  • College of Arts & Sciences: 12:00 pm
  • College of Business: 3:00 pm

Detailed ceremony information will be emailed to all students who applied for graduation approximately 1 month before the ceremony.

Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates 2 to 3 weeks after the ceremony. A student’s major or minor does not appear on the diploma but is listed on the student’s academic transcript.

For Spring 2021 graduates, diplomas will be mailed by May 21, 2021

Graduation Ceremony Times

Graduation Ceremony Times for 2019-2021