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South University Launches Site Celebrating 2015 Commencement Ceremonies in Savannah

by South University
June 11, 2015
Graduate with Family

One of the most important days and events in the lives of you, our students, Commencement is a day of new beginnings—not just for you but also for your families and potentially your careers. It is a day for all of us to honor what you’ve learned and for you to be proud of the degree you’ve earned and start working toward the goals you will achieve next.

To help make this a truly memorable experience for each and every student as well as their family and friends, South University created a Commencement site featuring the Commencement ceremonies and events taking place in Savannah, GA.

Some highlights of this engaging and informative site include:

  • Chancellor John T. South III congratulates the 2015 graduating class.
  • Friends, family, coworkers, and South University staff can post messages for graduates—and you can quickly view their congratulations and well wishes!
  • Ceremony information, including relevant times, locations, keynote speaker details and much more, are combined on one site.
  • Anyone can watch the ceremony live on the Livestream tab of the Commencement site, starting at 1PM ET on June 20, 2015, and cheer for the graduates as they walk across the stage!
  • Visitors to historic Savannah can learn about the city’s past as well as area attractions and local hotels.

Visit the Commencement site now at, share the link with you friends and family, and join us in celebrating the Class of 2015!

by South University
June 11, 2015
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Commencement 2015 is Almost Here!

by South University
May 27, 2015

For many South University students, graduation day is rapidly approaching, and we can’t wait to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s group of graduates as they receive the degree they’ve worked so hard to earn.

Commencement 2015 is Almost Here!Below is a list of upcoming South University graduation ceremonies!

South University, Austin
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Cleveland
Thursday, June 18, 2015

South University, Columbia
Saturday, June 20, 2015
(Hooding Ceremonies held on Friday, June 19, 2015)

South University, High Point
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Montgomery
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Novi
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Richmond
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Savannah
South University, Online Programs
Commencement: Saturday, June 20, 2015
(Hooding Ceremonies held on Friday, June 19, 2015)

South University, Tampa
Thursday, June 18, 2015

South University, West Palm Beach
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Virginia Beach
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Contact your campus directly for more information about upcoming Commencement ceremonies, and be sure to share your photos from graduation with us on Facebook at and Twitter @SouthU!

by South University
May 27, 2015
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Congratulations Class of 2014!

by South University
August 19, 2014

At South University, we're excited to congratulate the Class of 2014! We’re so proud of the hard work each and every one of you put into earning your associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Take a look at our graduation recap to learn about this year's graduating class.

Commencement hatsGraduate Breakdown by Campus

Over 3,400 South University students graduated at our 11 graduation ceremonies held this summer. Here are the campuses with the most graduates in 2014. Because many fully online students attend graduation in Savannah, we combined the two below.

1. Savannah/Online Programs: 2,100+
2. Columbia: 372
3. West Palm Beach: 264
4. Tampa: 253
5. Montgomery: 145

More than 740 students from 44 different states participated in the graduation ceremony in Savannah! You can watch highlights from the ceremony in Savannah here.

Largest Commencement Ever

We’re proud to announce that the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 was the largest ever at:

• South University, Columbia
• South University, Novi
• South University, Virginia Beach
• South University, West Palm Beach

First Commencement

Our Class of 2014 grads made history as the first students to earn their degrees at the following campuses:

• South University, High Point
• South University, Cleveland
• South University, Austin

More 2014 Graduation Firsts

We also celebrated a number of other exciting landmarks this year, including:

• First Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates from South University, Tampa
• First Master of Science in Nursing degrees awarded from South University, Novi and South University, Montgomery
• First Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology graduates at South University, West Palm Beach

Notable Speakers

We were honored to have a number of esteemed speakers address our students at graduation this year, including:

South University, Virginia Beach: Virginia Delegate, Former Navy SEAL, and frequent FOX News commentator/analyst Scott Taylor
South University, Montgomery: Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey
South University, Savannah: Deputy U.S. Surgeon General Scott F. Giberson served as keynote speaker at the School of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony

Most Memorable Graduation Ceremony Quote

“Graduates, I also want to congratulate you personally on your achievement. Obtaining a higher education or advanced degree is not easy. You are here today because of your hard work, dedication, and perseverance. We have been proud to call you South University students. And we will be very proud in a short while to call you South University alumni. Congratulations on a job well done!”
─ Chancellor South

See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, alumni success, and other important info.

by South University
August 19, 2014
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Join us in Congratulating the 2014 Graduates!

by South University, Online Programs
June 18, 2014

South University faculty and staff are excited to congratulate our newest graduates, including the 700 South University graduates who will be in cap and gown in Savannah, Georgia, on June 28, 2014! We are so proud of all of your accomplishments and the hard work you have put toward earning your degrees.

South University Class of 2014Watch Commencement live!

Maybe you aren’t able to make the trip to Savannah, or you have friends and family who can’t be there but who’d love to watch you graduate. Perhaps you’re just excited about the day when you’ll be the one graduating. No matter what the reason, you and your loved ones can now watch the South University Commencement live, starting at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014!

Bookmark our Livestream page ( today, add the event to your calendar, or share this link with anyone who’d want to watch you on your big day!

COMING SOON: Our Livestream page will soon include video messages of congratulations from our graduation team members to our new graduates!

Celebrate with us on social.

Join the conversation by using #southgrad on the South University Facebook page and on Twitter. Congratulate our grads, share pictures in your cap and gown, tell us when you’ll be graduating, or post what graduation means to you!

Attending graduation? Here’s what you need to know.

All activities will be held at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center at 1 International Drive in Savannah, GA 31421.

We want to hear your success story! On June 26 and June 27, 2014, we’ll be filming Student Success Interviews at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. To schedule your interview, contact

Chatham Ballroom
9:00 am Physician Assistant Hooding
11:00 am College of Nursing Hooding and Pinning
1:00 pm College of Business Hooding
3:00 pm School of Pharmacy Hooding

Oglethorpe Ballroom
10:00 am Professional Counseling Hooding
2:00 pm Criminal Justice Hooding

11:00 am: Check-In
12:30 pm: Line-Up
1:00 pm: Commencement Ceremony

*Stop by our Career Services booth on Friday or Saturday to meet with members of our Career Services Department!

Meet the Commencement speaker.

The 2014 South University Commencement speaker is State Representative Benjamin Luther Watson, M.D., who has has served in the Georgia House, District 166, since 2011. He received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. He is a board member of SouthCoast Medical Group, LLC, and member of the Independent Physician Association, Georgia Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, and American Medical Association. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at SouthCoast Medical Group and Chairman for the Department of Geriatrics at Memorial University Medical Center, both in Savannah, GA. He is also a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Mercer University in the School of Medicine.

Again, we congratulate the Class of 2014 and can’t wait to see what your future holds! Stay in touch by registering for South University’s Alumni Connections at today.

by South University, Online Programs
June 18, 2014
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A History of Graduation Regalia

by South University, Online Programs
March 27, 2014

Every graduating class comes together to celebrate and participate in the ritual of earning a diploma or degree, and a large part of that celebration is the traditional academic dress that goes along with the ceremony. The rituals involved in education help elevate academics, even above their practical value. The shared experience of walking across the stage in a cap and gown helps break down social barriers and brings graduates together. But, where did these customs come from?

Graduation ImageThe Beginnings of Graduation Regalia

As with many traditions, graduation regalia began due to practical considerations. In the 12th century, the first Universities were formed. As completely new ventures, these Universities did not have campuses or even a single centralized building. Instead, most classes were taught at nearby churches. Many prospective students were studying for a clerical position, so it made sense to use the churches as places of both worship and learning. The downside was the heating situation.

Old churches may look stunning and imposing, but many of them also possess drafts and poor insulation. The high ceilings, poorly sealed windows and lack of fireplaces made for pretty chilly classrooms. Graduation regalia as it is seen today is thought to stem from the adoption of robes to keep warm. Many students wore floor length gowns to help combat the cold.

Modernization and Reading Today's Regalia

Today, students still wear traditional academic garb in honor of their antecedents. Depending on where a university is located, there are different traditions surrounding a cap and gown. In the U.S. it is common for gowns to close in the front, allowing some institutions to relax their dress code for graduation ceremonies. In Europe, most universities leave the gowns open, and students must wear formal garb underneath their cap and gown.

In the U.S. the graduation regalia has specific codes, with different colors assigned to different areas and place of study. The degree color is found on the trim on the hood, while the university color is found on the hood lining. Some examples include:

• Copper for Economics
• Gold for Science
• Brown for Fine Arts
• Light Blue for Education
• and many more!

In Europe, there is no central body to regulate university colors, so the styles and modes of dress vary from school to school.

In addition to colors, modern cap and gown designs sometimes include different details depending on the level of the degree obtained. Students earning a master's degree may wear gowns with oblong shaped sleeves, while Doctoral students may wear gowns with bell sleeves. This differences show at a glance the levels of each student.


by South University, Online Programs
March 27, 2014
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