Graduation FAQ

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions of the Georgia State University Graduation and Commencement Offices. Please review before you make a call. The answer you seek may be here.

Students apply online and pay the graduation fee by logging into PAWS. From the Student Records block on the One Stop Shop tab, select Apply to Graduate.
Students should apply two semesters prior to their anticipated term of completion. For undergraduates this is normally when you have earned 90 credit hours. For graduate and law students this is normally when you reach 24 credit hours.
While typically students complete degree requirements within a specified time period, this may differ depending on the degree program(s) a student is pursuing and their individual schedules in which they complete coursework. Therefore, students must notify us of their intent to graduate normally two semesters prior to their anticipated completion. That way we can work with students to help them stay on track toward final degree completion.
$50.00 for graduate and undergraduate students.

Students must pay a separate fee for each degree/major earned. The fee covers the cost of preparing, printing and delivering your diploma.

Students apply for graduation online and pay by credit card.
Make sure you meet all criteria to apply by reading the messages at the top of the screen. Students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements to apply for graduation. Undergraduates must have a minimum GPA of 1.5 and at least 90 credit hours earned. Graduates must have a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5 and at least 24 credit hours earned. Law students must have a minimum GPA of 2.2 and at least 24 credits earned.

Students who applied for a previous term and anticipate they will not graduate that term must complete a Graduation Change Form.

It is very important to stay in contact with your academic advisor (for undergraduates in your College’s Office of Academic Assistance) to ensure you meet requirements. The Graduation and Commencement Offices only send information out to candidates during the term in which they applied and are eligible. That is why it is important to stay in contact with your advisor prior to and during your final term. Information from the Graduation and Commencement Offices will be communicated to you during your final term through the Georgia State University student e-mail system and on our websites.
The list of candidates for the current semester is posted one week after midpoint of the semester online on the Graduation site.
No. You buy it from the Georgia State University Bookstore.
Yes. The fee is $20.00. Fill out the Replacement/Duplicate Diploma Request Form [PDF] with payment by check or money order, and either mail it to or drop it off at the Commencement Office, Citizens Trust Building, 75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1190, Atlanta, GA 30303.
You should make a reduced-size copy of your diploma and bring it to the Commencement Office. We will also certify the original diploma but most third parties will accept a copy. There is no fee.
No. Once your application fee is paid you do not pay another fee to the Graduation Office.
No, the name printed on the diploma must be your legal name on record here at the University. The only time we will change a name is due to a legal name change — a marriage, for example. Go to the One Stop Shop with documents in hand to change your name.

Whatever name you have in PAWS is the name that will appear on your diploma. It does not matter what name you list on your application for graduation.

Candidates attending the Bachelor/Master/Specialist ceremony at the Georgia Dome may invite all the guests they wish. Ph.D. candidates attending the ceremony at the Rialto will be notified after midterm of the semester of graduation the number of tickets available to them and how they will be distributed.
As of Fall 2010, your primary major will be reflected on the diploma. If you have more than one major, you must submit an Application for Graduation and pay the $50 graduation fee for the second major. If you have additional questions regarding this process, please contact the Graduation Office at 404-413-2248 or graduation@gsu.edu.
Contact your Office of Academic Assistance, or, if you are a graduate student, your faculty advisor.
No, only Georgia State coursework counts as honors.
You can visit us in the Citizens Trust Building, 75 Piedmont Avenue, in Suite 1190 or call the Graduation Office at 404-413-2248 and the Commencement Office at 404-413-2254 or email us at graduation@gsu.edu or commencement@gsu.edu.