UPDATED: 5/10/21

Due to the current ground saturation and weather forecast for this week, GHC’s 2021 Commencement Ceremonies will be moved into the Floyd Campus Gym. Many details have been updated on this page. Please read the information below carefully so you and your guests know how to plan for the upcoming event.

2021 Commencement Ceremonies
Thursday, May 13th – 10am and 6pm
Thursday, May 13th – 3pm (Nursing Pinning and Commencement)
Indoor Ceremonies – Gymnasium – Floyd Campus
3175 Cedartown Hwy, Rome, GA

(DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, ONLY GRADUATES WHO ARE ON THE RESERVED SEATING LIST FOR THE CEREMONIES WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE. WE ARE UNABLE TO ADD ANYONE ON COMMENCEMENT DAY.)

Venue Map

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend the ceremony.
  • Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are REQUIRED for all attendees.
  • Graduate and faculty seating will be on the gym floor, spaced 5 feet apart.
  • Guest passes are REQUIRED to enter the gymnasium. See more information on guest passes provided below.
  • Guest seating will be in the gym bleachers. Guests are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and leave a minimum of two seats (3 feet) between your family group and other family groups. Guests who can ascend the bleacher steps are encouraged to do so in order to leave lower-level seating for guests with mobility challenges.
  • Guests should exit the gym immediately at the conclusion of the ceremony.
  • For those unable to attend in person, a livestream link of the ceremony will be available at highlands.edu and on GHC’s social media channels.
  • Anyone deemed at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.
  • For attending guests uncomfortable with bleacher seating arrangements,
    a livestream broadcast of the ceremony will be available for viewing in the Floyd Campus Student Center area and in classrooms as needed. Please seek a GHC staff volunteer for directions.

GENERAL INFORMATION

GHC 2021 Commencement – Thursday, May 13th

Graduates must check in one hour prior to their ceremony start time in the designed check-in area located in front of the Walraven Building near the GHC tower. (If raining at time of check-in, processing station will be moved to the Student Center inside the McCorkle Building.)

  • 10am ceremony – Check in at 9am
  • 3pm ceremony – Check in at 2pm
  • 6pm ceremony – Check in at 5pm

Ceremony location/venue: All commencement ceremonies will be held indoors at the Georgia Highlands College Floyd campus located at 3175 Cedartown Highway, Rome, Georgia. Guest seating will be in the gym bleachers. Guests are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing be leaving two seats (3 feet) between family groups. Guests who can ascend the bleacher steps are encouraged to do so to leave lower-level seating for guests with mobility challenges.

GUEST PASSES

Eligible GHC graduates who submitted an online reservation form for commencement by April 2nd deadline will receive 4 guest passes upon check-in on May 13th. Unused guest passes should be not shared as efforts are made to provide indoor social distancing.

Graduates must check in one hour prior to their ceremony start time in the designed check-in area located in front of the Walraven Building near the GHC tower (weather permitting). At check-in, graduates will receive 4 guest passes to give their guests at that time. Guest passes will not be distributed ahead of time. Guests should proceed to the gymnasium with their guest passes to be seated, and graduates will remain at the check-in area for the commencement processional line-up.

Guest passes are required to enter the gymnasium. Guest passes are for general admission. Please do not sit with other parties. Doors open one hour prior to the ceremony start time.

It is GHC’s wish to accommodate the most possible guests for this special event. Considering current public health guidance on social distancing, seating remains very limited. The pandemic conditions make this ceremony different than traditional ceremonies previously held. For these reasons, each graduate is limited to 4 guests. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are encouraged to celebrate via livestream at highlands.edu or GHC’s social media channels.

Anyone deemed at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.

Limited wheelchair seating accommodations will be available around the gym floor on a first come, first served basis.

PARKING

Parking for all Commencement ceremonies is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please follow parking directions provided upon arrival.

DISABILITY ACCESS

Limited wheelchair seating accommodations will be available around the gym floor on a first come, first serve basis.

Guests with mobility concerns should plan for navigating bleacher seating.

An ASL interpreter will sign the commencement ceremony. A section of general admission seating will be designated for the hearing impaired. A GHC usher can direct guests to the designated location.

DISABILITY PARKING (PERMIT REQUIRED)

Parking for guests with disabilities is available in designated areas. Disability Parking Permits are required to park in these areas.

FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are required for this event. Disposable masks will be available at the front door. Graduates will be provided a face mask at check-in.

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing, and guests are asked to keep a safe distance between their party and others while at the commencement ceremony.

VIEWING OPTIONS

We encourage those who are unable/unwilling to attend the in-person ceremony to view the ceremony online. Links will be posted at highlands.edu and on GHC’s social media channels.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of safety.

Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering and will not be accepted by employees nor stored at the entrance.

For the safety, security, and experience of all guests, the following items are prohibited:

  • Alcohol
  • Glass and aluminum containers
  • Large items, such as banners and posters, or amplification equipment, such as bullhorns or megaphones

GHC is a tobacco-free campus.

RESTROOMS

  • Restroom facilities are available in the main foyer leading to the Floyd Campus Gymnasium.
  • Attendants will be assigned to restrooms to aid with sanitizing touch points.
  • All restrooms will be sanitized with an electrostatic sprayer before each ceremony.

CLEANING & SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • All restrooms and common areas used for commencement activities will be sanitized before each ceremony.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the venue.
  • Mini hand sanitizers will be provided for all graduates.
  • Free bottled water will be available for guests.

*Information on this page is subject to change without notice.