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Georgia Southern University preparing for largest graduation in school history
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Web cast available
Again this year, Georgia Southern University will present the Spring Commencement ceremony as a live web cast. Anyone with RealPlayer installed on their computer and access to the Internet can view the web cast from the Georgia Southern web site ( by following the Commencement link. Spring Commencement information for graduates and spectators is available at

Georgia Southern University will honor its largest-ever graduating class at Spring Commencement on May 8 at 9 a.m. at Paulson Stadium. Approximately 2,900 graduates are receiving their degrees this spring, including more than 2,400 who will participate in the formal ceremony.

An addition this year to Spring Commencement will be recognition of the University’s newly-commissioned ROTC cadets. Georgia Southern’s ROTC battalion has been chosen as one of only eight in the country to receive the MacArthur Award, the U.S. Army’s top honor for ROTC battalions that exemplify the leadership qualities personified by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Along with the graduates, this year’s class reflects a national trend that more students are choosing to earn their degrees online. Georgia Southern will recognize 153 fully and 63 partially online graduates, the most ever for the university.

If you’re going
Graduates’ families and friends are encouraged to get to Paulson Stadium early. Given the large number of graduates, the university is expecting around 25,000 people for commencement. The gates will open at 7 a.m. and the processional will begin at 8:40.

Once the available seats and concourse areas are full, the grass seating area at the scoreboard end of the field will be opened to manage any overflow.

The university suggests parking in one of the designated parking areas on-campus and utilizing the campus shuttle services to get the stadium. Shuttle service will start at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until one hour after the ceremony ends. Carpooling is encouraged.