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Spring 2018 Commencement

For information on applying for graduation click here.

The Spring 2018 Graduation Fair will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

The Registrar's Office will be closed Friday, May 4, 2018 for Graduation. Spring 2018 transcripts with final grades and degree awarded will be available after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Spring 2018 Commencement
May 4, 2018
Pete Mathews Coliseum
Ceremony Times:

  9:00 a.m. School of Business & Industry and School of Science
:30 p.m. School of Arts & Humanities, School of Human Services and Social Sciences, and University Library
 4:00 p.m. School of Education and School of Health Professions & Wellness 

There will be no Rehearsal. Graduates will report to the tent on the west side of the Coliseum one (1) hour prior to the ceremony. The Jacksonville State Athletics' Clear Bag Policy will be followed at graduation.  Click here for details regarding the policy. 

The Registrar's Office will be closed Friday, May 4, 2018 for commencement.  Students who are graduating may submit a request marked "Hold until Degree is Posted" prior to May 3, 2018 to ensure transcripts are processed accordingly.

What if I have concerns about the pronunciation of my name?
What holds will need to be cleared before I graduate?
Where do I get invitations, rings, cap, gown, DVD of the ceremony, plaque, and mementos?
Will the ceremony be viewable on television or on computer?
Will there be accessible parking/seating available?
What photos will be taken?
When and where will diplomas be mailed?
Where is the ceremony held?
Will there be an announcement in my hometown paper?
What to expect at the ceremony?
I have graduated, what now?

Official diplomas will be mailed within 3-4 weeks following graduation. If you have had an address change since filling out the online Application for Degree, please submit the Diploma Mailing Address form by April 20, 2018 to provide the new address where your diploma is to be mailed. You may verify the diploma mailing address provided during the application process through your My.JSU account.  Select “Registration”, then “Student Records” and “View Application to Graduate.”

Name Pronunciation
The Graduation Name Pronunciation Service is available for those with concerns about the pronunciation of their name. Call 256-782-8392 and slowly state your name, student number, time of ceremony, and name pronunciation.

All college financial obligations including degree fee ($50.00), library account, and traffic fines should be cleared prior to graduation.  Those having National Defense Loans or National Direct Loans must see the Financial Aid Officer in the Financial Aid Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for repaying.  Those having Logan-Walker loans must see the Loan Collection Officer in the Bursar’s Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for loan repayment.

Graduation Purchases
The prices for Fall 2017 commencement cap and gowns are as follows:


Bachelor's cap, gown, & tassel:  


Master's cap, gown, & tassel:     


Master's Hood:


Doctoral cap, gown, & tassel:


Doctoral Hood


Cap Only:                                         


Black Tassel Only:                          

$ 6.25

Souvenir (Red/White) Tassel:

$ 8.25

Red Stole of Gratitude:


Cap and Gown orders will be distributed at the JSU Campus Bookstore.  Reservations are not required.  For additional information, contact the JSU Campus Bookstore at (256) 782-5283.

Announcements and accessories can be ordered online at

The DVD of the ceremony can be preordered at the bookstore. 

The honor cords for students who graduate with Latin Honors will be distributed at the commencement check-in.

For information and charges for an official JSU custom diploma plaque, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (256) 782-5404.

Mementos can be ordered here.


Village Photographers will photograph every graduate as they cross the stage and receive their academic tube.  A posed individual photo will also be taken of each graduate as they exit the stage.  Free proofs of these photos will be sent by mail and e-mail to graduates and their families within one week of the ceremony.  Print packages start at under $10; however, there is no obligation to buy.

To ensure that Village Photographers has the correct address information, please go to and click the blue “Sign up for Graduation Proofs” button.  For additional information, contact Village Photographers at 334-821-9196 or at

Live Broadcast
The ceremony will be televised live on WEAC-TV24 (local Cable One Channel 9).  Companies with TV 24 include Cable One (Anniston, Oxford, Munford, Pell City, and Jacksonville); Charter (Piedmont, Southside and Heflin); Leesburg Cable; Collinsville Cable; Lookout Cable (Gaylesville); and Cherokee Co Cable (Centre).  Family and friends can also view the graduation ceremony live from their home computers.  There will be a link available on the JSU website: and archived ceremonies are available here.

Hometown Paper

If you would like the University to send an announcement to your local paper, please click here.


The ceremonies will be held at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Directions are available here and the campus map is available here.

Guest Information
JSU welcomes your family and friends to the commencement ceremony.  Ample seating is available at the Coliseum.  To ensure that all graduates, the last to cross the stage as well as the first, are appropriately recognized, guests are asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony unless otherwise noted in the program.  Jacksonville State Athletics' Clear Bag Policy will be followed at graduation.  Click here for details regarding the policy.

Accessible Parking/Seating
Accessible parking is available in the parking lots on the north and south sides of the building. Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor (main floor). Accessible seating is available throughout the second floor. Captioning Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals will also be available at the north end. ASL interpreting will be provided on stage.

To request additional accommodations or if you have questions, please contact:

                                               Disability Support Services
                                                139 Daugette Hall
                                                256.782.8380 (voice or TTY)

Helpful Links to Assist You After Graduation

Career Services
Alumni Information Form
Transcript Request
Diploma Reprint Form

What should I expect at Graduation?

View Processional Diagram

Watch a time compressed Graduation in 2 Minutes and see what happens at graduation.

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