2019 Hooding and Commencement Ceremony

1 p.m. Friday, May 10 • Georgia State University Sports Arena • 125 Decatur St., Atlanta GA 30303

Time TBD Commencement Reception • 85 Park Place NE • Atlanta, GA 30303



All participants must report at 12 p.m. with your academic regalia to the Student Center East Ballroom located on the first floor at the corner of Gilmer and Piedmont streets. Marilyn Crouch, College of Law registrar, will meet you and point out your position in the processional. After receiving these instructions, you will proceed to the Sports Arena for the official processional.

During the hooding portion of the ceremony, when your name is announced, you should proceed to the hooding station where selected members of the faculty will affix an academic hood to your regalia. The ceremony itself will last about 90 minutes.


All participants are required to wear appropriate academic regalia. Regalia will be available for rental from the University bookstore by ordering online. (Choose "Cap and Gown For All Students" to find Georgia State's regalia.)

The rental cost is $154.50 for your regalia, which includes cap, gown, hood and tassel. For more information, contact the bookstore directly at 404-413-9700.

Deadline to Order

The first deadline to order regalia online is February 18. The bookstore will have extras if you miss the deadline but can't guarantee preferred size.

Regalia Return

Regalia return is at the College of Law, seminar room 147 from noon until 2:30 p.m. You can also return your regalia to the bookstore within a week.

Guest Admission and Announcements

Tickets are not required for admission and there are no reserved seats. Students will receive 15 free graduation announcements with parking and direction cards, which are available for pickup anytime after Thursday, March 14, at the Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies Office (room 148).

Main level seating is first-come, first-served from 8-9:45 a.m. To avoid disruption of the event, entry will be restricted to the upper level after 9:45 a.m.


On the morning of the ceremony, parking will be available for your guests for a fee of $7 per vehicle in parking lots K, N and S. See map below for details.

Guests should allow at least 30 minutes for parking and entry into the Sports Arena. A parking map will be included in your invitations. For information on handicap parking accommodations contact Georgia State University Auxiliary Services at 404-413-9500.

The Sports Arena is located at 125 Decatur St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Commencement Reception

Time TBD Friday, May 10 • Georgia State University College of Law • 85 Park Place NE • Atlanta GA 30303

Please join Dean Wendy Hensel and the law school community in congratulating this year’s graduates immediately following the commencement ceremony at the law school.  Light refreshments will be served. 

The T parking deck is located at 43 Auburn Ave., Atlanta GA 30303.  Entry is free with a receipt from deck N, K, S. The College of Law is at 85 Park Place NE at the corner of Park Place and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.