Graduation Information


1.Contact Financial Aid For Exit Counseling

Graduating students who have borrowed a Federal Stafford Loan while attending Agnes Scott must complete Federal Stafford Loan Exit Counseling. You should go to to complete an online Federal Stafford Loan Exit Counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will be notified automatically once you complete the online session. Please save the confirmation page for your records.

2. Ensure Registrar Has Received Final Grades

Final grades for graduating seniors are normally posted on ASCAgnes by the Thursday before commencement. All grades, including those from study abroad, cross-registration and transient work, must be received before the registrar can certify you for graduation.

3. Resolve Outstanding Obligations (See AscAgnes “Student Holds”)

  • Clear up any McCain Library charges
  • Pay any outstanding balances with the Accounting Office
  • Diplomas and transcripts cannot be released until all obligations are resolved

4. Complete the Ringing the Bell Survey

Each year Agnes Scott College surveys the senior class. The survey focuses on your undergraduate experience and your future plans. The information that you provide will help us improve the quality of education and programs at Agnes Scott College and stay in touch with you after graduation. For questions about the survey, please contact Corey Dunn at

5. Notify Registrar If Your Plans Change

If you indicated on your graduation application that you would attend the ceremony and your plans change, please email and indicate whether to mail your diploma or hold it for pick up.

6. Receive Your Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns were distributed during the fall semester to seniors. If you have not received your cap and gown, please contact the Office of Special Events and Community Relations at

Graduate students will receive their caps and gowns in late April.

7. Participate in Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 4 p.m. in Dana Fine Arts Building, Winter Theatre.

8. Line Up for Baccalaureate Vespers

All graduating students participating in Baccalaureate should arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 in Dana Fine Arts Building, Winter Theatre.

9. Line Up for Commencement Processional 

All graduating students participating in Commencement should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on May 14 in Dana Fine Arts Building, Winter Theatre.


Graduation announcements are an ideal way to commemorate this special occasion. Announcements are personalized with the graduate’s name and the degree to be awarded and include an embossed pearlized college seal on the outside cover. Each announcement also includes a mailing envelope, inside envelope and card announcing the Baccalaureate service. If you are interested in purchasing graduation announcements, you may order them at this website (link coming soon).

2022 Announcement Orders will open soon.  

Please note: to ensure delivery prior to Commencement week, you will need to place your order no later than Monday, April 4, 2022.

Academic Regalia

At Baccalaureate and Commencement, graduates should wear their graduation cap ​(called a mortarboard)​ and gown. The ​mortarboard​ is worn squarely on top of the head, board parallel to the floor. The cap should not be tilted to the side, forward or back. The tassel is to be worn on the right side until it is turned to the left during Commencement exercises.​

  • ​​Tassels and hare required for Commencement. Only tassels are required for Baccalaureate. Honor cords may be worn but not required.
  • Hoods are worn over the graduate's right shoulder with the velvet trim facing out. Hoods should not be buttoned.
  • Honor cords and stoles should be draped around the neck under the hood, with the tassels hanging as evenly as possible in the front.
  • Graduates have decorated their caps in the past. The decorations have been simple, fun and inoffensive.
  • ​Graduates should not march with purses or backpacks; however, if you need a place for keys, medications or other necessary items, please choose a small wristlet hidden under your robe, leaving hands free.
  • Sensible shoes are preferred.
  • Baccalaureate is a worship service; graduates and their families/guests are encouraged to dress as they would for a worship service in their faith.

Important Dates

Monday, April 4, 2022

Final day to order announcements to arrive before commencement without rush delivery

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

First day to take Ringing the Bell Survey (a link for the survey will be sent to your ASC email)

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Last day to take Ringing the Bell Survey

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Final day to make your Senior Gift

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Commencement ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Residence halls, including Avery Glen Apartments, close for seniors at noon

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