Heritage College Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 13
Friday, May 12 – Athens
Graduate Rehearsal (mentors optional) at Convocation Center. Time to be determined.
Saturday, May 13 – Athens
Doors open to guests at Convocation Center, 8:30 a.m.
Graduates and mentors arrive for line up at Convocation Center, 9:00 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony at Convocation Center, 10 a.m.
To be determined and announced at a later date.
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For the safety and security of those attending Commencement, all bags entering the Convocation Center will be subject to inspection. This includes but is not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags.
Information for Graduates
Graduate Academic Regalia
All graduates who plan to participate in Commencement must wear regalia. Regalia will be shipped directly to each graduate, and graduates are expected to bring their academic attire with them on graduation day. A link to place academic regalia orders will be shared closer to the event.
Note: This is not the same link for mentors who wish to rent regalia.
Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates. If graduates need to update their mailing address or verify the address on file, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to update or verify your address. Diplomas are scheduled to be mailed 10-15 business days after graduation. This address will also be used for mailing items to graduates who do not attend the in-person ceremony after the event.
Information for Guests
Parking and Shuttles
Seating and Accommodations
Seating in the Convocation Center is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no tickets issued. There is no limit on the number of guests that graduates may invite to the ceremony.
Accessibility Seating: There are designated seating sections for guests who have limited mobility and for guests who are wheelchair bound. We ask that only one additional guest sit in this section to maximize our accessibility seating options. Ushers will be available to direct guests to these seats.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: An American Sign Language (ALS) interpreter will provide interpreting services at the ceremony. There is a designated ASL seating section for the best view of the interpreter. The interpreter will also be shown on the livestream link for guests watching the ceremony remotely.
Lactation: A Mamava lactation suite is available to use as a comfortable, private location for individuals needing to pump or nurse. To utilize the Mamava suite, you will need to download the Mamava App on Apple App Store or Google Play. The app will allow you to unlock the Mamava suite in the Convocation Center.
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Information for Mentors
A mentor is someone who has encouraged and fostered a student's academic accomplishments. They should best represent the spirit and the art of medical education. A mentor is not required for graduation. The criteria for mentor selection is as follows:
- Each student may choose ONE mentor for Commencement.
- The mentor must have a doctoral degree (degrees include, but are not limited to: D.O., M.D., D.D.S., D.P.M., D.V.M., D.C., D.M.D., O.D., Ph.D., J.D., etc.).
- The mentor must be an established member of the professional community who has practiced/worked in their field for a minimum of one year. Peers and fellow classmates cannot serve as mentors.
Mentor Academic Regalia: Mentors will be expected to wear academic regalia. Mentors are welcome to bring their own regalia if they own. For those that need to rent academic regalia, a link will be provided closer to the ceremony. Rented regalia will be available for pickup on the morning of Commencement in the lower lobby of the Convocation Center, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Rented regalia should be returned immediately following the ceremony.
Graduates who wish to participate virtually can watch the livestream ceremony. Graduates who are viewing the livestream ceremony remotely will have their name called after all in-person graduate names are called. The livestream will be watch-only. Graduates will not be on the screen from home as their name is called. Graduates are encouraged to share this website with anyone who wishes to watch the livestream ceremony. The link will be available on graduation day.
A virtual copy of the Commencement program will be available shortly before the ceremony.
If you couldn't attend previous ceremonies or wish to view them again, the links below will take you to archived videos of the event.