When COVID-19 health concerns forced all University System of Georgia institutions to cancel their graduation ceremonies, Georgia Southern staff quickly mobilized to brainstorm alternatives.
“Until we can meet again in person, I hope this virtual ceremony will be special for our graduates,” said Georgia Southern President Kyle Marrero. “Our world has changed significantly in the last few weeks, but one thing has remained constant: our commitment to our students. I’m very proud of how our exceptional faculty and staff have responded with innovative ideas such as this.”
The videos are being produced by the University’s Multimedia Development Center, led by Emmy award-winning Director Art Berger. His team is editing together more than 4,000 slides with graduate names, recording the readers, editing the congratulatory videos, and recording remarks from University leadership.
“This has been a great project to work on,” Berger said. “Normally, we would be working on broadcasting Eagle sports right now, so these virtual commencements have been a nice way to feel like we are still connected to the students.”
The schedule for the ceremonies is:
- Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m.: Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
- Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m.: College of Arts and Humanities
- Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m.: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Friday, May 8 at 3 p.m.: College of Education
- Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m.: College of Science and Mathematics
- Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m.: Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
- Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.: Parker College of Business
- Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m.: Waters College of Health Professions
Each ceremony will be live-streamed on the University’s Facebook page and through the commencement website at GeorgiaSouthern.edu/Commencement. Each ceremony will also be archived on the commencement site.