Warner Robins, Dublin, and Eastman Graduation

GMC-Warner Robins will hold a graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 1:00 PM, at the Homer J. Walker, Jr. Civic Center in Warner Robins for graduates of the Class of 2018.

The graduation ceremony will be preceded by a rehearsal on Friday, June 8, at 5:30 PM, also at the Civic Center.  Rehearsal lasts approximately one hour, depending on the number of graduates.

Please read these pages carefully for important information regarding forms and deadlines, honors and diplomas, rehearsal and graduation, guests, and more.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Dates and Deadlines
Graduation Ceremony form deadline:  Thursday, May 3
Cap and Gown Online Order deadline:  Thursday, May 3
Rehearsal:  Friday, June 8, 5:30 PM
Graduation:  Saturday, June 9, 1:00 PM

Directions to the Civic Center
The Civic Center is at 700 Watson Blvd, Warner Robins, GA 31093, adjacent to City Hall less than one mile from GMC-Warner Robins. Parking is available in the rear, accessible via Myrtle St. from Watson Blvd. or via S. Young Ave. from N. Davis Dr. The Civic Center’s public entrance faces Myrtle St. and is accessible from Veterans Park at the corner of Myrtle St. and Watson Blvd in front of City Hall.

Who is the Class of 2018?
The Class of 2018 includes all students of the Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins campuses who submitted a degree application and completed or are on pace to complete a GMC degree between the Fall I 2017 and Summer 2018 quarters. The printed graduation program will include students who fit these criteria. Names are printed as they appear on official academic records. (See also Walking the Stage: Announcement and Pronunciation of Names below.)

Application for Degree and Issuance of Diplomas
The Application for Degree submitted to the Advising Center or Registrar is the student’s official academic request to commit their coursework to a specific degree. Subsequent completion of that degree program’s requirements, including all financial obligations, results in the student’s transcript showing degree completion and the diploma’s delivery to the student.

The application for degree has a space to express interest in participating in the graduation ceremony, but we have a separate participation form for the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony Form
Eligible graduates (see “Who is the Class of 2018?” above) who wish to participate in the graduation ceremony must submit this Graduation Ceremony form to the Advising Center in Elliott Hall or the Admissions Office in Boylan Hall. We use this form to prepare seating, honor cords, and other important details specific to our graduates participating in the ceremony.

Cap, Gown, and Tassel Orders (Online)
Participants in the ceremony must have a plain black cap and gown.  Follow the link to the online order form below. All orders are $25 and include a cap, gown, and 2018 tassel (red/black). Extra tassels are $5 each and must be added on to a cap/gown order. Orders must be placed by Friday, May 3.

Online Cap and Gown Order Form:
https://oakhalli.com/colleges/gmcwarnerrobins

Faculty:  Contact your campus Academic Dean or Dean of Students for information on ordering regalia.

Honor Cords and PTK Regalia
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and no grades of D or lower will graduate with honors and receive an Honor Cord from GMC on graduation day. Students who joined PTK may order PTK graduation regalia through the PTK web site; this is optional and the responsibility of the student, but welcome!

REHEARSAL AND GRADUATION DAY:

What Graduates Should Expect

Friday Night Rehearsal
Arrive at the Civic Center by 5:15pm. Graduates sit in the chairs on the center floor in front of the stage, or near the front rows of the guest seating. We will begin promptly at 5:30pm, including a full line-up and walkthrough. If all goes well, rehearsal lasts less than an hour. We will end with group questions, followed by one-on-one questions if needed, so please save questions until the end.

Saturday Check-in and Line-up
Plan to arrive and check in backstage from 12:00-12:30pm.  PLEASE BE ON TIME! Be mindful that we meet on stage in an auditorium, so sound travels very well, so please keep voices at a low volume. Water, light snacks, and limited wardrobe assistance will be available.

Walking the Stage: Announcement and Pronunciation of Names
Students will have the opportunity during rehearsal to request that their names be announced differently than they appear on official academic records (substitute nicknames, omit middle names, etc.). During the ceremony, students will speak their name to the speaker immediately before walking the stage to ensure that their name is pronounced correctly.

Regalia & Proper Attire
Proper attire is required of all students participating in the ceremony. See “Cap, Gown, and Tassel Orders” above. On the day of the ceremony, graduates should wear dark shoes and semiformal or business casual attire. Please avoid bright colors, khakis, jeans, shorts, high heels, sandals, etc. Students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony if they are not attired appropriately.

Recessional
The ceremony is not complete until the stage guests, faculty, and graduates recess fully backstage. All faculty and graduates are to remain backstage until all graduates have returned. Once the last graduate has returned back stage, graduates may then exit the stage area and meet family and friends outside.

INVITATIONS AND GUESTS
What Guests Should Expect

Invitations and Guests
Invitations will be available in late April or early May. The Civic Center’s seating is limited, so graduates are limited to six guests until/unless it is determined that additional seating is available based on the number of participating graduates. If you wish to invite more guests, please let Mr. McCord know how many additional guests you would like to request at pmccord@gmc.edu with “Graduation Invitations” in the subject line.

Arrival, Seating, and Disability Services
Doors open to the public at 12:00pm.  Guests should be seated by 12:45pm. The event begins promptly at 1:00pm. Seats are not assigned, but please be mindful of additional guests as they enter. Steps or walkways cannot be blocked. If a row begins to fill, empty seats should be occupied to make room. Event staff may request the same as needed, especially if the auditorium approaches full capacity.

Accessible seating is available on the top row of the auditorium, closest to the Civic Center’s main entrance. If guests require special assistance, please notify Mr. McCord in advance, or any member of our staff the day of.

Air horns and other noise makers are not permitted inside the Civic Center.  When celebrating your graduate, please be courteous and allow the next graduate’s name to be heard.

Photographs During the Ceremony
Family and friends may approach the right-rear side of the graduates’ seating area to take personal photos as graduates exit the stage.  Guest taking photos should NOT advance beyond the last row of graduates, and should return to their seats promptly.

Our faculty and staff look forward to sharing this special day with you.  See you in June!

QUESTIONS?

Please direct academic questions specific to your Class of 2018 status, honors, or degree program to the Advising Center (rob_advising@gmc.edu or 478-225-0005 Ext. 3).

Please direct questions specific to the graduation ceremony, rehearsal, caps and gowns, or invitations to Mr. McCord at pmccord@gmc.edu with the specific topic in the subject line, or contact the Admissions Office (rob_admissions@gmc.edu or 478-225-0005 Ext. 1).