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Summer/Fall 2016 Commencement

For information on applying for graduation click here.

Fall 2016 Graduation Fair will be September 29, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Theron Montgomery Building Auditorium.

Fall 2016 Ceremonies
December 16, 2016

Pete Mathews Coliseum

There will be no Rehearsal.

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

School of Education, School of Business & Industry, and School of Science
Graduates will report to the tent on the west side of the Coliseum one (1) hour prior to the ceremony.

2:00 p.m. Ceremony

School of Arts & Humanities, School of Health Professions & Wellness, and School of Human Services and Social Sciences
Graduates will report to the tent on the west side of the Coliseum one (1) hour prior to the ceremony.

The Registrar's Office will be closed Friday, December 16, 2016 for commencement.  Students who are graduating may submit a request marked "Hold until Degree is Posted" prior to December 16, 2016 to ensure transcripts are processed accordingly.

Graduation Information:

What holds will need to be cleared before I graduate?
What if I have concerns about how my name wil be pronounced?
Where do I get invitations, rings, cap, gown, DVD of the ceremomy, plaque, and mementos?
Will the ceremony be viewable on television or on computer?
Will there be accessible parking/seating available?
What photos will be taken?
When and where will diplomas be mailed?
Where is the ceremony held?
Will there be an announcement in my hometown paper?
What to expect at the ceremony?
I have graduated, what now?

Official diplomas will be mailed within 10 days following graduation. If you have had an address change since filling out the online Application for Degree, please submit the Diploma Mailing Address form by December 1, 2016 to provide the address where your diploma is to be mailed. You may verify the diploma mailing address provided during the application process through your My.JSU account.  Select “Registration”, then “Student Records” and “View Application to Graduate.”

All college financial obligations including degree fee ($20.00), library account, and traffic fines should be cleared prior to graduation.  Those having National Defense Loans or National Direct Loans must see the Financial Aid Officer in the Financial Aid Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for repaying.  Those having Logan-Walker loans must see the Loan Collection Officer in the Bursar’s Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for loan repayment.

Name Pronunciation
If you have concerns about the pronunciation of your name at graduation, please contact Stephanie in the Office of TV Services by December, 2016 at (256) 782-5023 or (800) 231-5291.

Graduation Purchases
The prices for Fall 2016 commencement cap and gowns are as follows:


Bachelor's cap, gown, & tassel:  


Master's cap, gown, & tassel:     


Master's Hood:


Doctoral cap, gown, & tassel:


Doctoral Hood


Cap Only:                                         


Black Tassel Only:                          

$ 6.25

Souvenir (Red/White) Tassel:

$ 8.25

Red Stole of Gratitude:


Cap and Gown orders will be distributed at the JSU Campus Bookstore.  Reservations are not required.  For additional information, contact the JSU Campus Bookstore at (256) 782-5283.

Announcements and accessories can be ordered online at

The DVD of the ceremony can be preordered at the bookstore. 

The honor cords for students who graduate with Latin Honors will be distributed at the commencement check-in.

For information and charges for an official JSU custom diploma plaque, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (256) 782-5404.

Mementos can be ordered here.


Village Photographers will photograph every graduate as they cross the stage and receive their academic tube.  A posed individual photo will also be taken of each graduate as they exit the stage.  Free proofs of these photos will be sent by mail and e-mail to graduates and their families within one week of the ceremony.  Print packages start at under $10; however, there is no obligation to buy.

To ensure that Village Photographers has the correct address information, please go to and click the blue “Sign up for Graduation Proofs” button.  For additional information, contact Village Photographers at 334-821-9196 or at

Live Broadcast
The ceremony will be televised live on WEAC-TV24 (local Cable One Channel 9).  Companies with TV 24 include Cable One (Anniston, Oxford, Munford, Pell City, and Jacksonville); Charter (Piedmont, Southside and Heflin); Leesburg Cable; Collinsville Cable; Lookout Cable (Gaylesville); and Cherokee Co Cable (Centre).  Family and friends can also view the graduation ceremony live from their home computers.  There will be a link available on the JSU website: and archived ceremonies are available here.

Hometown Paper

If you would like the University to send an announcement to your local paper, please click here.


The ceremonies will be held at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Directions are available here and the campus map is available here.

Guest Information
JSU welcomes your family and friends to the commencement ceremony.  Ample seating is available at the Coliseum.  To ensure that all graduates, the last to cross the stage as well as the first, are appropriately recognized, guests are asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony unless otherwise noted in the program.

Accessible Parking/Seating
Accessible parking is available in the parking lots on the north and south sides of the building. Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor (main floor). Accessible seating is available throughout the second floor. Captioning Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals will also be available at the northend. ASL interpreting will be provided on stage.

To request additional accommodations or if you have questions, please contact:

                                               Disability Support Services
                                                139 Daugette Hall
                                                256.782.8380 (voice or TTY)

Helpful Links to Assist You After Graduation

Career Services
Alumni Information Form
Transcript Request
Diploma Reprint Form

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