Fall 2020 Commencement

Celebrating Your Achievements

Join us Friday, December 11 at James Brown Arena to congratulate our 2020 graduates from spring, summer and fall semesters.

Day of the Event

Colleges will be assigned to a morning, afternoon or evening session.

Safety Protocol

Precautions will ensure this event is safe and fun for all participants.

Show Your Pride

On social media, use the hashtag: #AUGGrad

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Fall 2020 Commencement

Ceremony By the Numbers

“After what has been a truly unprecedented year, your class has overcome countless changes and challenges with compassion integrity, and leadership — making you true Augusta University Jaguars.”

— President Brooks A. Keel, PhD

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Commencement will be held at James Brown Arena, located in downtown Augusta. There will be three 90-minute sessions to accommodate appropriate social distancing and observe other COVID-19 precautions.

What to Expect

Ceremony Schedule

10 a.m.: College of Nursing; School of Computer and Cyber Sciences; Biomedical Biostatistics PhD

2 p.m.: College of Allied Health; James M. Hull College of Business; College of Science and Mathematics

6 p.m.: Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences; College of Education​

Safety Protocol

Please arrive 45 minutes before your ceremony. Graduates should meet at the 8th Street Service Ramp entrance. Masks will be provided at check in. Augusta University has worked closely with the James Brown Arena to ensure a safe, socially distanced event. Please note the plan is subject to change. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified about plans for a virtual ceremony.


Due to safety concerns, no guests or media will be allowed inside for the ceremonies. Only participating graduates will be allowed inside James Brown Arena at their designated ceremony time. All safety protocols must be followed by participants. Supporters are welcome to watch the ceremonies via live webcast at augusta.edu/ stream.


Students will check in and be directed to their seats, spaced six feet from one another. Students' names will be called as they cross the platform, pick up their diploma tube and pause for a (distanced) photo with President Keel.


A still photo of each student will be offered at no obligation to purchase. For additional information, students may contact GradImages Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via their website at www.gradimages.com.


Campus Services: 706-729-2179

JagStore: 706-737-1611

Financial Aid: 706-737-1611

Registrar: 706-446-1430

See the video

Watch 2020 Commencement

Download and Print

Download and print out the program to follow along as you watch the livestream.

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Jaguar Nation

Each day you’ve given countless hours of commitment to your field of study, to each other, to our patients, to your teammates, and to our community. Augusta University is proud of your achievements. We look forward to your future successes. You’re always welcome back home.
Show Your Jaguar Pride

Celebrate with Us

We encourage the entire University community, including graduates, families, friends, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to post their photos and messages of on social media to honor the moment and celebrate our graduates using the commencement hashtag: #AUGGrad

Get Your Garb

How to Order Regalia

Undergraduate students should order regalia via Josten’s. Undergraduate regalia will be shipped to your address.

Graduate students who need regalia should use the order form. The deadline to request graduate regalia is also Nov. 11. Graduate students who did not order directly from Josten’s will need to pick up and purchase regalia on campus beginning Nov. 23.

Undergraduate students graduating with honors will be contacted by the Registrar’s Office. Qualifying students may pick up their undergraduate honor cords from the Registrar’s Office beginning Nov. 16. 

Legacy students may order cords here.

Student Speakers

Dejah Johnson & Jenelle Smeragliuolo

The remarks to the AU graduating class will be given by Dejah Johnson, Master of Science in Nursing candidate, Clinical Nurse Leader program from Loganville, Georgia, and Jenelle (Jenny) Marie Smeragliuolo, a Spring 2020 Bachelor of Science graduate in Dental Hygiene from Cumming, Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you participated in Virtual Commencement, are you allowed to participate in December? Yes! We encourage students to participate in both!

Will be there enough room? Yes, there will be room for our spring, summer, and fall graduates. We will follow the guidelines for social distancing.

Read the full Graduation FAQ.


Commencement News

Have you provided all the documentation to walk?

Find out all you need to know about graduation qualifications.


Please submit questions to graduation@augusta.edu. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to provide the graduation experience you deserve, in the safest way we can.  

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