Perimeter College recognizes graduates on the Clarkston Campus.
Perimeter College will celebrate the educational achievements of students graduating in spring and summer 2017 at a commencement and recognition ceremony on May 11, 2017. Candidates for graduation will be assigned a specific ceremony based on his/her pathway.
Commencement will be held in the gym on Georgia State University’s Clarkston Campus.
Additional information will follow.
Registration for Attendance
There is no university-wide commencement event. Perimeter College associate graduates march in an assigned May 11, 2017 ceremony.
To indicate intentions to attend a ceremony, please RSVP at PERIMETER CEREMONY REGISTRATION. Choose the Associate tab, and enter any necessary information. See the ceremony list below to determine to which ceremony you are assigned.
Faculty and staff must RSVP to attend Commencement. Please choose the Faculty tab to do so.
Spring 2017 degree candidates participating in commencements are required to wear the official university regalia. Learn more.
Faculty and staff must order regalia through a convenient campus bookstore.
Commencement will be ticketed. Expected attendance determines the allowed number of guests.
We anticipate having space for four (4) guests per student at this time, however, additional tickets may become available later on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ticket distribution will be electronic.
Ceremony Times by Degree and Pathway
Assignments for the May 11, 2017 ceremonies are based on the degree pathway.
|AS Biology||AA Anthropology||AA American Sign Language|
|AS Chemistry||AA/AS Art||AS Business Administration|
|AS Dental Hygiene||AA Communication (Speech Communications)||AS Criminal Justice|
|AS General Studies||AS Computer Science||AA Foreign Language (World Languages)|
|AS Geology||AS Education (All Concentrations)||AA Foreign Language with Business (World Languages with Business)|
|AS Health Sciences:||AS Engineering||AA Homeland Security and Emergency Management|
|AS Kinesiology and Health||AA English||AAS Sign Language Interpreting|
|AS Nursing||AA Film & Media Studies||AS Social Work|
|AS Physics||AA History||AA Sociology|
|AS Radiologic Technology||AA Journalism||AS Sport Management|
|AA Political Science|
For MARTA bus and rail information, visit: http://www.itsmarta.com/
- The Clarkston Campus is approximately 11 miles east of Atlanta, outside the I-285 Perimeter.
- Take I-285 to Exit 41 (GA-10/Memorial Drive).Turn onto GA-10/Memorial Drive and travel east toward Stone Mountain.
- Proceed on GA-10/Memorial Drive for approximately 0.5 miles.Turn north onto N. Indian Creek Drive.
- (Collingswood Drive is to your right.)
- Continue on N. Indian Creek Drive for approximately 0.5 miles.
- The Clarkston Campus at 555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston is on your right.Proceed on N. Indian Creek to the next traffic light at Memorial College Drive.
- Turn right. Parking Lots 3, 4, 5 and 8 will be on your right. Assistance will be available.
Parking and Drop-off
Designated parking spaces and ramps are available around campus. Volunteers, identified by their badges and/or shirts, will be available for specific assistance.
MARTA provides ADA Complementary Paratransit Service advanced reservation service to eligible persons with disabilities who are unable to board, ride or disembark from an accessible vehicle in MARTA’s regular bus or rail services. Service is provided with special lift-equipped vans on an origin-to-destination, shared-ride basis. Certified individuals having a MARTA ADA Photo Identification Card may call the MARTA Mobility Reservation Office at (404) 848-5000 Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inside the gymnasium, volunteers will be available to assist guests in wheelchairs to designated seating, then return to pick up the guests following the ceremony and escort them to an exit. Volunteers may be identified by their badges and/or shirts.
Special needs seating accommodations will be designated.
Guests requiring the help of a sign language interpreter should access designated seating near the front of the room. If available, real time captioning may be provided.
Ceremony and Celebration Day Information
Details will be posted closer to the date of the ceremony. Students generally are required to arrive 1½ hours before the ceremony starts.
Candidates should dress comfortably while remembering the special nature of the occasion.
Check-in and robing rooms
Locations for student and faculty check-in and robing will be announced closer to the event.
Please remember your guest tickets.
Tickets are required for guests. Check back later for ordering tickets and the number that can be requested.
Don’t bring food, drink, balloons or noisemakers.
These items are not allowed inside the gymnasium for this occasion.
Cell phones must be silent.
Strollers should be left outside of the gym.
Wear comfortable shoes if you are a degree candidate.
Degree candidates will be walking good distances from the robing area to the ceremony.
Leave purses, coats and other belongings with your guests or at home.
Students and faculty will not be able to check coats or purses. Students must carry anything they bring or leave it unattended.
Remember your camera.
Parents and guests will have the opportunity to photograph and videotape their graduates, but for safety and the convenience of all those attending, they will not be allowed on the gymnasium floor to take pictures during the ceremony.
Professional photographs will be taken of each candidate, and a proof of the photograph will be sent to the candidate’s home address as it is listed in PAWS.
Understand commencement etiquette
While recognizing that commencement is truly a celebration for graduates, it is important for parents, guests and students to acknowledge that it is a formal academic ceremony to be conducted with respect and dignity.
Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony and, out of respect for your fellow graduates and guests, remain seated for the duration of the ceremony.
After the ceremony
Graduates, please plan to meet your family, friends and guests outside of the gymnasium in the lobby or other areas (weather permitting). Graduates will exit when the ceremony is concluded.
Ceremony Team Worker Information
Perimeter College’s Commencement Celebration Ceremonies
Thursday, May 11, at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Clarkston Campus
Student arrival times are 7:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony team workers report times are 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Team Worker Information:
- Arrive by 7 a.m. and check in at the Information Desk next to Student Life on the first floor of the CN building at Clarkston Campus. Arrive at 11 a.m. if you’re just working the 1 p.m. event or at 2 p.m. if you’re working the 4 p.m. ceremony.
- You should already have a volunteer assignment and information prior to the event.
- Wear a white top and black skirt or pants. Dress is business casual—no jeans. This is a special, dress-up affair for our students. Remember to have a sweater or jacket handy in case your assignment is in a cool location.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be walking or on your feet a long time.
- Please make allowances for travel, traffic and parking. Many students, families and friends arrive early so we need to be prepared.
- Lunch will be provided if you work two or more ceremonies. You will receive a lunch ticket at check in. Those who prefer to bring their own food may use a refrigerator and microwave in the Deans’ Suite break room on the second floor of the CN building. The college cafeteria may be open that day. There is not enough time between the ceremonies to leave the campus and travel to nearby food outlets.
Applying to Graduate
Because students may complete requirements to graduate in different times, you must notify the college of your intent to graduate. This enables your advisor to assist you with staying on track.
Typically, you would apply two semesters before your anticipated term of completion. For associate degree candidates, this is when you have earned 30 credit hours.
When to Apply for Graduation
Associate Degree Candidates: Apply in the semester in which you earned your 30th semester hour, approximately two semesters preceding your expected graduation date.
Associate degree candidates must have a minimum GPA of 1.75 and at least 30 credit hours earned to apply.
Degree conferral requires a 2.0 GPA.
How to Apply
Complete the application form by logging into PAWS. To access the Graduation Application, select the Enrollment tab. Once the link is selected follow the step-by-step instructions. Submit the form online with the graduation fee.
The non-refundable graduation application fee is $25 for Associate degrees. You may pay online by credit card. Students must apply for each degree/major earned and pay a separate fee. The fee covers the cost of printing, packaging and mailing your diploma.
After You Apply
Undergraduate graduation applicants will be contacted by their college’s Office of Academic Assistance (OAA) four to eight weeks after applying.
Continue to work with your specific academic advisor to ensure you are on track to meet graduation requirements. The advisor will inform you of any remaining requirements. Also, the Graduation Office will conduct an audit during the graduation term listed on your application.
Changing Your Graduation Date or Your Attendance at the Ceremony After You Apply
If you know you will not graduate the semester for which you have applied, but will graduate a subsequent semester, or if you want to change whether you are attending the commencement ceremony, you must complete the Change of Graduation Date form.