Saturday, May 11, 2024

9:30 AM

Students, family members, and guests are invited to attend Fort Valley State University's Spring 2024 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. We want to extend our congratulations the graduating students and their families on this momentous occasion.



Commencement rehearsal: morning of Friday, May 10, 2024
Doors Open: 8:00 AM
Candidate Line Up: 8:15 AM
Processional Begins: 9:15 AM  (Guest must arrive by 9 AM to view processional.)
Commencement Begins: 9:30 AM 
Graduates will be allocated 12 tickets in case of inclement weather, guests are required to present a commencement ceremony ticket to enter HPE. 
Children, aged 3 and under do not require a ticket. 
No re-entry.

The following items are prohibited from entering HPE:
  • Noisemakers
  • Balloons
  • Flowers
  • Beverages
  • Food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco (including smokeless and e-cigarettes)
  • Aerosol cans/sprays
  • Coolers or ice chests
  • Balloons
  • Thermos/metal bottles
  • TVs
  • Strollers 
  • Ice bags
  • Bags (not compliant with Clear-Bag Policy)
  • Horns or other noisemakers (bells, whistles, etc.)
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Cameras with lenses longer than 4″
  • Sticks or flag poles
  • Flags or banners larger than 3′ x 5′
  • Pets/Therapy animals
  • Weapons, including those carried with a permit
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Illegal drugs
  • Strollers
  • Personal transportation devices (skateboards, hover boards, scooters, etc.)
  • Inflated balls of any type
  • Stadium seats (chair-backs/seat-backs/seat cushions) WITH arms, pockets, compartments, and/or covers
  • Umbrellas
  • Electric/battery-powered blankets
  • Personal heaters
  • Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by security or event management


Complete reader cards by Wednesday, May 9.

To join 1895, visit Give Online - FVSU Foundation - Fort Valley State University . Type "1895 Society" in the designation line. 

To join the FVSU National Alumni Association, click here

Parking: Guests may park in the Wildcat Stadium and HPE Parking lots. 
Livestream: The Spring 2024 Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed via Fort Valley State University's Youtube page. 

For accommodation requests, please email Ms. Nooks at


  • Parking spaces for vehicles with state-issued handicap plates or placards will be reserved in the Wildcat Stadium parking lot for Commencement. Spaces in this lot are limited, so we recommend you arrive at least one hour early.
  • Only service animals are permitted. No Emotional Support Animals. If a guest requires a service animal, they must have the proper request and documentation (vaccination record and registration number) before arrival.
  • The Commencement location is handicap accessible.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available at Commencement. Please ask an usher for assistance in locating the special seating area for ASL interpretation. Seating is limited, so we recommend you arrive at least one hour early.
  • Our stadium hosts will be available during the event to assist your family and guests. Guests with special needs should arrive at least one hour early.
  • If you are not able to walk in the processional from HPE to the Stadium or if you have an accommodation request that is not met by the above-mentioned services, please email Ms. Nooks.




We hope you find this site answers all commencement questions you may have. In the event it does not, please email