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Commencement Ceremony

All events take place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, 18th, 2016.

Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
1 International Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31402
P: 912.201.8000

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

Masters Level & Nursing Graduates Only
Time Hooding Type Venue
9 AM Physician Assistants – Hooding Ceremony
Check in will begin at 8:00 AM
Ballroom A/B/C
11 AM Professional Counseling Hooding Ceremony
Criminal Justice Hooding Ceremony
Doctor of Ministry Hooding Ceremony

Check in will begin at 10:00 AM
Ballroom A/B/C
1 PM College of Business Hooding Ceremony
Check in will begin at 12:00 PM
Ballroom A/B/C
2 PM College of Nursing & Public Health Hooding & Pinning Ceremony Lower Level Exhibit Hall
3 PM School of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony
Ballroom A/B/C

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016 (All Graduates)

8 AM Check in opens
9 AM Check in closes | Graduate Line up
10 AM Graduate Level Graduation

1 PM Check in opens
2 PM Check in closes | Graduate Line up
3 PM Undergraduate Level Graduation

Commencement Registration

All students who completed their coursework between July 2015 and July 2016 are invited to participate in commencement. Students must register prior to Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.
To register, please click here.

Students participating in commencement need to bring their cap, gown and hood (for Master's students) with them to the ceremony. Caps and gowns can be ordered here.

To request accomodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at


Honors Designations

Honors cords and medallions are purchased by the University for students participating in the commencement ceremony ONLY. Ropes and medallions are considered regalia and are for the sole purpose of recognizing students with academic excellence during the ceremony.

Undergraduate Programs:

Summa Cum Laude GPA 3.90 - 4.0 Orange Rope
Magna Cum Laude GPA 3.70 - 3.89 White Rope
Cum Laude GPA 3.50 - 3.69 Gold Rope

Graduate Programs:

High Honors GPA 3.90 - 4.0 Medallion with Gold Ribbon
Honors GPA 3.75 - 3.89 Medallion with Gold/White Ribbon

Honors society ropes are provided by the individual society, not
South University. Please contact any honor societies you are part of to request cords.


Commencement Day

What to Expect

  • All graduates must attend check in and line up to participate in commencement.
  • Plan to arrive two hours before their ceremony for check in.
  • Bring your cap, gown and hood (for Master’s graduates) with you.
  • Once graduates have arrived for check-in they will NOT have an opportunity to leave the trade center until the ceremony has concluded.
  • The ceremony is estimated to last up to 2 hours.
  • As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, please do not leave until after the ceremony is completed.
  • Eat a hearty lunch before you arrive for check in.
  • Bring snacks and water with you.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • It is warm in Savannah so wear something lightweight underneath your regalia – business casual is recommended.
  • Family and friends do not need a ticket to enter the ceremony.
  • Seating at the ceremony is first come, first serve. Doors open two hours prior to the ceremony.
  • The Savannah Trade and Convention Center provides adequate parking, however there is a very long walk from parking to the entrance. Plan accordingly.
  • Honors society ropes are provided by the individual society, not South University. Please contact any honor societies you are a part of to request cords.
  • Plan to leave any personal belongings with a family member or friend during the ceremony. South University is not responsible for any lost or stolen items left unattended.

Disability Accomodations

If you are a graduate with disability and you need assistance receiving your diploma or participating in the commencement ceremony or a guest has a special accomodation request related to a disability, please contact:

Monesca Smith, Associate Dean of Students

Phone: 912-790-4133



Commencement Speaker - Graduate Ceremony

John "Jay" Neely III
Vice President, Law & Public Affairs
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

His law responsibilities include management of the legal department, its lawyers and other personnel. His public affairs responsibilities include management of state and local government affairs and community relations.

Neely joined Gulfstream in 1999, having previously worked in the Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP (1993-99) and serving as law clerk to the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, Augusta (1992-93).

Neely received a J.D. in 1992 from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in 1989 from Vanderbilt University.

He has been married to Courtney Parks Neely since 1993, and they have two children, Laura and John. He and his family attend the Community Bible Church, and his other community activities include the following: Chairman, Georgia Department of Economic Development Board of Directors (current); Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (current); Savannah Area Chamber Board of Directors (current); Leadership Savannah Board of Directors and President; Leadership Georgia, Endowment Committee (2014-current); Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees (2011-13; Chairman of Selections, 2013); Leadership Georgia Class of 2006.

Commencement Speaker - Undergraduate Ceremony

Gregg Schroeder
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of the Coastal Empire

Gregg Schroeder has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the Coastal Empire since 2002. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer for Heart of America United Way in Kansas City, Missouri; with prior experience as the Chief Financial Officer at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. He has more than 30 years of service with United Way.

Schroeder received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and began his work career as a certified public accountant in Atlanta, Georgia as a group controller for the Fortune 500 company Rollins, Inc.

He received the “Community Star Award” in 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Step-Up Savannah and the Lady Bamford Childcare Center. Schroeder is also Chairman of the Finance committee at Saint James Catholic Church, and serves on the National Presidents Roundtable for United Way Worldwide.

Schroeder and his wife Mary have been married for 36 years and they have 3 children; Ryan, Neal and Leah.


Career Services

Resources and Info | Visit Us at Graduation!

Visit the Career Services table at graduation to meet with a Career Services advisor and find out what Career Services can do to help you. If you are job searching, learn about potential career options and connect with a Career Services advisor that you can contact after graduation. Even if you don’t think you need assistance from Career Services, visit us anyway. We have a special gift for everyone and would love to hear your success stories!

South University Alumni Association

Walking across the stage doesn't mean walking away from South University

As a graduate of South University, you belong to a community that is thousands strong. You can count on your Alumni Association to put you in touch with others who personally know the value of a South University education. The doors of opportunity are open, lifelong learning continues, and a community of colleagues welcomes you. The alumni website, Alumni Connections, is exclusive and available only to South University alumni.

Features Include:
  • Network with other alumni and professionals in your field
  • Locate classmates with the alumni directory
  • Access career resources
  • Share your accomplishments and life updates
  • Learn about campus events, faculty achievements, and university news
  • Hire a grad and find a job
Available at no charge!

There are no costs, fees, or dues to join. But the benefits of joining can be priceless. Learning doesn’t stop after graduation. The Alumni Association can help you continue growing, both personally and professionally. When you join Alumni Connections, you become part of a lifelong community of classmates.

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