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May 2020 Graduation Ceremony Update

During these challenging and unprecedented times, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remains the top priority of Central Georgia Technical College. Upon assessing the current COVID-19 situation and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, CGTC has made the decision to postpone the May 2020 graduation ceremony.

At this time, a rescheduled date has not been finalized; however, graduates will be informed of the confirmed date well in advance of the ceremony. Thank you for your patience and consideration as the College aims to honor our graduates.

Graduation Requirements

  • Graduates must satisfy the College’s residency requirement (students must complete at least 25% of the coursework in their program of study at CGTC).
  • Your high school/GED transcript and college transcript (if applicable) must be on file with the Office of Admissions.
  • All financial obligations or responsibilities (library fines, parking fines, financial balances, etc.) must be settled.


Graduate Application Checklist

  • Submit a graduation application in the Student Portal (login to the Student Portal, click Forms, then click Apply for Graduation). You must submit the application by the end of February if you wish to participate in the graduation ceremony.
  • Pay the $40 application fee (degree and diploma graduates only) for each copy of the degree and/or diploma that you would like to receive.
    • Students can pay in person at the Cashier Window or by phone
      • Warner Robins campus, Room A-129 | (478) 218-3387
      • Macon campus, Room J-152 | (478) 757-3412
      • Milledgeville campus, Room A-141 | (478) 445-2303
  • Take the ACT WorkKeys assessment in the Testing Center (degree and diploma graduates only). There is no cost to take this assessment.
  • Complete the Graduate Exit Survey (the survey will be available online once you submit your graduation application through the Student Portal).
  • If you received a student loan from CGTC, you must complete exit counseling at

Diplomas, degrees, and certificates will be mailed 8 – 10 weeks after the semester of completion.


Graduation Ceremony Information


General Information

    • Students who will complete (or who have completed) all requirements for a degree or diploma by the end of spring semester are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.
    • Graduates may purchase class rings, graduation announcements, diploma frames, etc. online from Jostens or by attending Grad Finale.

  • All graduates are encouraged to attend Grad Finale, which is a one-stop-shop to check graduation status, complete exit loan counseling, update resumes, receive graduation information, take graduation photos, order class rings and invitations, and purchase graduation memorabilia.

Regalia (Cap and Gown)

  • Graduates who answer “Yes” to the graduation ceremony participation question on the graduation application will receive a letter stating when/where to pick up caps and gowns.
  • Honor graduates (those with a graduation GPA of 3.5 or higher) will receive a gold honor cord, to be worn around the neck.
  • Members of the National Technical Honor Society will receive a white tassel, to be worn on the cap, and a white stole, to be worn around the neck.
  • Members of the Military and Veterans wear a red, white, and blue cord around their necks.


  • There is no limit to the number of guests each student can invite to the graduation ceremony.
  • If special accommodations are needed for a graduate at the graduation ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
  • Graduates should wear dark colored clothing and comfortable shoes. No tennis shoes, work boots, flip-flops, or jeans.
  • All graduates should wear the tassel on the right side of their caps.
  • Please do not bring items such as purses, bookbags, etc. as they cannot be carried in the processional.
  • Live streaming of the ceremony may be viewed online. Orders may be placed for DVDs of the ceremony (prepaid only); DVDs will be mailed.
  • GradImages is the official photographer for the graduation ceremony; they will NOT be available to take individual pictures before or after the ceremony (please attend Grad Finale for individual pictures).
  • All persons AND bags entering the ceremony are subject to search at the discretion of the facility.