Happy Graduation, Class of 2020!

Please visit our Commencement page for a special message to the Class of 2020 from Dean Marsha Davis, CPH faculty, staff and students. The celebration for our recent graduates continues online via social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram –  starting May 8, 2020.

UGA Commencement Rescheduled

The University of Georgia has announced Commencement ceremonies for its spring 2020 graduates, inviting them to join together and celebrate their accomplishments inside Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum this fall—provided these gatherings are declared safe by federal and state health officials. Read the announcement here.

The Spring 2020 Undergraduate Commencement is now scheduled to take place Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. Spring 2020 Graduate Commencement (for master’s and doctoral students) will take place Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. in in Stegeman Coliseum, in combination with the regularly scheduled Fall 2020 Graduate Commencement.

The new CLEAR BAG policy for UGA athletic events is in effect for Commencement. Please click here for more information.

For information on University-wide Commencement activities, visit https://commencement.uga.edu/.

CPH Graduation Celebration


The College’s in-person Graduation Celebration has been cancelled for Spring 2020.

The College of Public Health’s 2020 Spring Graduation Celebration will take place Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Athena Ballroom of the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

The ceremony will honor CPH students who graduated in Fall 2019 or plan to graduate Spring or Summer 2020. **The event is free, but you must RSVP to participate in the event as a graduating student.**

Please note: Undergraduate and MPH students finishing their degrees in Summer 2020 may participate in the celebration. However, all PhD or DrPH students must have completed their degree requirements by the end of Spring 2020 to participate.

Registration for the CPH Graduation Celebration

In addition to registering for UGA’s undergraduate or graduate convocations, a separate registration is required for student participation in the CPH Graduation Celebration. Please RSVP using this form by Wed. April 1, 2020!

Academic Attire

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in the UGA Commencement or CPH Graduation Celebration. Caps, gowns and hoods may be purchased at the UGA Bookstore and other off-campus bookstores. Contact the University of Georgia Bookstore at 706-542-3171 or via email for purchasing information. Candidates should wear their tassels over the right eye until the degree is awarded and over the left eye afterwards.

Arrival Instructions

The CPH Graduation Celebration is expected to last approximately one-and-a-half hours. Please arrive at the Classic Center at 1:45 p.m. to check in. At this time, you will obtain an introduction card and line-up with the other graduation candidates behind the easel for your department. Group photos, including those for specific degree programs, will follow promptly at 2:00 p.m.


Parking for the CPH Graduation Celebration is available at the Classic Center or surrounding parking decks. Parking on the UGA Campus will also be free to students and visitors attending UGA’s graduate or undergraduate ceremonies. (More information can be found at https://commencement.uga.edu/.)


Diplomas will be mailed from the UGA Registrar’s Office approximately 6 weeks after commencement.


Please email cphadm@uga.edu.