Georgia Southern graduate, undergraduate students to graduate together fall 2019

Georgia Southern graduate, undergraduate students to graduate together fall 2019

STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s official - graduate and undergraduate students at Georgia Southern University will graduate together this fall.

The university says students will be able to choose which graduation ceremony to attend based on which location they would like to graduate from.

One ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 13 at the Savannah Convention Center. Another ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro. Both ceremonies will take place in the afternoon.

News of the commencement plan spread quickly from Statesboro to Savannah.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” said Senior, James Dorsey. “You have all those memories of going to football games, the memories of living on campus and going to your classes here."

In May, the university tried to alleviate a long graduation by holding ceremonies for respective majors in either Savannah or Statesboro. That angered some students from both campuses who had to leave the place that had been their college home and get their degree in a strange place.

Students like the ability to choose the ceremony they want to go; also that there’ll be some coordination of the number of people attending the ceremony, so we won’t have as much overflow," said Dr. Scot Lingrell, GSU Vice President.

The university will limit each graduate with a set of number of guests in order to make room. The plan gives peace of mind to some still a few semesters away from getting their degree.

“With my graduation just around the corner, I know I will have been here all four years, and I want to graduate in Paulson Stadium, Statesboro Georgia,” said Junior, Libby Lee.

Lingrell says they want the graduates to remember commencement with good memories and not aggravations.

This will go into effect for fall graduation in December.

Dr. Lingrell says they’ll continue to call each graduate to the stage to give them their diploma. While Southern has grown to the point that it does take a long time, he says they’ll continue that tradition, at least for now.

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