Graduation Advising and Certification

The Graduation Certification Office informs and advises students regarding progress towards graduation. Graduation advisors work with students and relevant departments to maintain the accuracy of academic records and certify students for graduation in the appropriate term.

This office offers graduation checks to all 5000+ Juniors and Seniors within the Franklin College. Whether or not a student requests a graduation check, graduation advisors evaluate the records of every student the semester they apply to graduate.

Graduation advisors communicate with students in two primary ways - electronic 'grad checks,' and face-to-face appointments. We offer both of these services throughout the year.

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Graduation Certification Information

What is graduation certification?

Graduation certification is the process by which undergraduate students in the Franklin College are reviewed and cleared to graduate. This is done by a graduation advisor without any action on the part of the students, at the conclusion of the semester the student is tentatively scheduled to graduate.

What is a grad check?

A grad check is an optional appointment with a graduation advisor to discuss any academic questions a student may have. A comprehensive checklist of remaining graduation requirements will be given to the student. Optionally, a student may request an "e-grad check”, and a comprehensive checklist of remaining requirements will be sent to the student electronically.

  • Students are not cleared for registration by their graduation advisor.
  • To schedule an appointment for a grad check, visit SAGE or call 706-542-1522
  • To request an e-grad check call us at 706-542-1522 

Is a grad check required?

No, it is not required. But you are encouraged to get a graduation check within one to two semesters of your intended graduation date.

Applying For Graduation

All students MUST apply for graduation by the withdrawal deadline of the term in which they plan to complete degree requirements and graduate.

To apply to graduate:

Graduating with a dual degree or double major

If you are completing dual degrees (ex. AB & BS or AB & BSED, etc.) or a double major (ex. AB History and AB English), you should contact each of your departmental advisors and graduation advisors to verify requirements for each degree.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)

FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students' education records. FERPA authorizes the release of “Directory Information” without a student’s prior written consent under certain conditions set forth in the Act. "Directory information" is information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.

Directory information includes:

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Major/Fields of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received

Students who wish to restrict access to their directory information may do so, but this restriction may prevent a student's name from being included in the Commencement program. Students may add or remove the FERPA restriction in-person at the Registrar's Office or by emailing this form from the student’s UGA email along with a scan of the student's UGA ID.  


Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. Commencement details are handled by the Registrar’s Office.

Some Franklin College departments have additional ceremonies or receptions for their graduating students.  Please visit Franklin College Departmental Graduation Ceremonies or contact your department directly for more information.

Will my name appear in the commencement program?

Your name is scheduled to appear in the commencement program for the term you are expected to graduate unless you have placed a FERPA restriction on your information. Current and former students can request to add or remove a FERPA restriction to or from their record by completing the FERPA request form.

Will I be graduating with honors?

Graduating seniors will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted.

Honors designations are:

  • Summa cum laude 3.90
  • Magna cum laude 3.70
  • Cum laude 3.50


Diplomas are normally mailed within 6 to 8 weeks after the official graduation date. For more information regarding your diploma, go to Diplomas are NOT given out at the commencement ceremony.


You should contact your graduation advisor listed below or you may email  

Who is the graduation advisor for my major?

Major Graduation Advisor
African American Studies Schala Bolton
Anthropology Schala Bolton
Arabic Schala Bolton
Art Morgan Mahaffey
Art History Morgan Mahaffey
Atmospheric Sciences Rebecca Jeffers
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Rebecca Jeffers
Biology Chera Watts
Cellular Biology Rebecca Jeffers
Chemistry Rebecca Jeffers
Chinese Language and Literature Schala Bolton
Classical Culture Chera Watts
Classical Languages Chera Watts
Cognitive Science Rebecca Jeffers
Communication Studies Harriett Gunter
Comparative Literature Schala Bolton
Computer Science Morgan Mahaffey
Criminal Justice Studies Schala Bolton
Dance Harriett Gunter
Economics Schala Bolton
English Rebecca Jeffers
Film Studies Morgan Mahaffey
French Greg Kline
Genetics Rebecca Jeffers
Geography Rebecca Jeffers
Geology Schala Bolton
German Chera Watts
Germanic and Slavic Languages Chera Watts
Greek Chera Watts
History Schala Bolton
Interdisciplinary Studies Schala Bolton
Italian Greg Kline
Japanese Language and Literature Schala Bolton
Latin Chera Watts
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Greg Kline
Linguistics Morgan Mahaffey
Mathematics Schala Bolton
Microbiology Rebecca Jeffers
Music Morgan Mahaffey
Philosophy Greg Kline
Physics Rebecca Jeffers
Physics and Astronomy Rebecca Jeffers
Plant Biology Rebecca Jeffers
Psychology Harriett Gunter
Religion Schala Bolton
Romance Languages Greg Kline
Russian Chera Watts
Sociology Schala Bolton
Spanish Greg Kline
Statistics Greg Kline
Studio Art Morgan Mahaffey
Theatre Morgan Mahaffey
Women's Studies Schala Bolton


Franklin College Graduation Certification Office

130 Memorial Hall