Sunday, May 12, 2024 • 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. • Gas South Arena • 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097

We are pleased to provide the following information regarding Atlanta Commencement ceremonies.

The two Atlanta ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at the Gas South Arena – 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097.

Details for each ceremony are as follows:

May 12, 12 p.m. – Ceremony 1

  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy

May 12, 5:30 p.m. – Ceremony 2

  • School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Professional Advancement
  • School of Theology

You must attend the ceremony that corresponds with your college or school.

Eligibility and Participation

Please read carefully the following statements concerning your degree requirements and eligibility to participate in the graduation ceremony. In addition to the information below, you will also receive emails to your Mercer-issued student email account throughout the Spring with information regarding your participation in Commencement.

Your ceremony location is determined by your degree program. If you have not received emails to your student email account specific to the Macon ceremony, you may be on the wrong page.

Confirm Participation Status

Students who plan to participate in the ceremony must have indicated this on the Graduation Application submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the published deadline, or respond to the Commencement-related email communications if the identified participation status is incorrect. These emails begin in late January and continue throughout the Spring for eligible students who have indicated they will participate.

Eligible students who have opted not to participate will receive at least one email from the Office of the Registrar to confirm this status, offering an opportunity to opt in or correct an error.

While participation may still be possible, inclusion in the printed program cannot be guaranteed for participation status confirmed after February 28.

Who constitutes the Class of 2024?

The Class of 2024 includes students who completed requirements in the previous Summer or Fall semester and will complete requirements in the current Spring semester.

Additionally, students completing requirements in the upcoming Summer semester may participate if official approval to participate is granted. Once approved to participate in Commencement early, the graduate is not eligible for any future Commencement ceremony for the same degree.

All students who have completed all degree requirements and have properly informed the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline of their plan to participate may march in the ceremony.

For more information, visit the Graduation Information web page at

Students Completing Requirements in Summer

Students completing requirements in Summer may be eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony with special approval provided by the end of February.

  • Undergraduate Students who are on track to have no more than 12 credits remaining and will complete requirements by the end of Summer may participate with documented approval of their academic advisor via the Special Request to Participate form.
  • Graduate students who will finish requirements by the end of Summer do not need to submit a form, but should contact their school/college, department, or advisor to notify the Office of the Registrar of eligibility to participate.
  • Doctoral candidates must complete all graduation requirements before the ceremony in order to participate.

Additional Information


Academic regalia (caps and gowns) is available for ordering online through Herff Jones at The last day to order online is Friday, March 29, 2024. Regalia and other items ordered online will be shipped directly to students. If you do not pre-order academic regalia from Herff Jones, a very limited number of caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels will be available for purchase from the Bookstore on a first-come, first served basis. Students will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony unless they have the required regalia.

Assembly of Graduates

Graduates must arrive 2 hours in advance of their ceremony. Graduates will enter the building via the loading dock area (see map) where they will arrive and proceed to their respective zones. Graduates will assemble in their assigned zones to be lined up alphabetically by college and degree program for the student processional. Graduates must arrive at their zone 1 hour before the start of the ceremony or may not be able to sit with their degree program. The ceremony will last approximately an hour and a half.

There is a substantial walk from the parking garage to the arena floor. You will need at least 15 minutes to make this walk and are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear.

Recommended Attire

In general, dress for comfort. Men should wear dark slacks, dark shoes, and a shirt with a white collar. Women should wear comfortable dark dress shoes with a dress or skirt that does not show below the gown, or dark slacks and a blouse.

Commencement Tickets

Below you’ll find information on how to access your commencement tickets.

Step 1: Complete your Mercer University Graduate Career Outcomes Survey
This survey collects information about your current post-graduation plans and will assist our staff in identifying career trends for the Class of 2024 while also helping us to determine which resources are most needed by our recent and upcoming graduates.

  • To complete this survey, please visit and enter your MUID number!
  • Not yet sure of your post-graduation plans? No problem. Please complete this survey and let us know your current situation, and we will follow up with you soon to see how we can be of support to you in your post-graduation plans.
  • Complete the survey by April 23 to be included in the first release of tickets on April 25. Surveys completed after April 23 will receive ticket access information on a rolling basis 1-2 business days after submitting the survey.

Step 2: Access Your Tickets
Each graduate will be allotted 10 tickets for their specific commencement ceremony via the Mercer Ticket Sales portal, TIXR.

  • Ticket Distribution will begin on April 25 for those who completed the survey by April 23.
  • You will receive two emails on April 25 if you completed the survey before the priority deadline, or within 1-2 business days of submitting your survey, with information about commencement tickets.
    • Email One from TIXR: Will contain a PDF Attachment containing the graduate’s Commencement tickets.
    • Email Two from the University: Will alert students that their tickets have been distributed and provide further information on commencement ticket procedures.
  • Graduates are encouraged to verify their tickets in advance of their commencement ceremony. Please do not wait until commencement weekend to verify your tickets for the first time.

Step 3: Sharing your Tickets
Graduates are responsible for distributing commencement tickets to their guests. Please note that each ticket has a unique barcode and can only be used once. Make sure you keep track of which tickets you have shared.

  • Graduates wishing to use printed tickets should print their pdf ticket package received in Email One from TIXR listed in the step above.
  • Graduates wishing to electronically distribute their tickets to guests should follow the instructions found in Email Two from the University listed in the step above to create a TIXR account.
  • Guests without tickets will not be permitted to enter the Ceremony.
  • Infants under 2 years of age are not required to have a ticket.
  • Graduates do not need a ticket for the ceremony that they are participating in.

Need Assistance?
Having trouble accessing your GRADUATE CAREER OUTCOMES SURVEY?
Please contact CCPD at or (478) 301-2863

Having trouble accessing your COMMENCEMENT TICKETS?
Please contact MTS at or (478) 301-5470

Guest Seating

Seating is by general admission. An usher will direct all guests to available seating. Smaller children who can remain on laps the entire time will not need a ticket. Anyone that needs their own seat is required to have a ticket.

Mobility Impaired Seating

The Arena has accessible seating located in all levels. Ushers will direct guests needing accessible seating to the designated areas. All levels of the Arena are accessible by elevator and escalator.

Commencement Etiquette

Commencement is a special event for both the graduates and their guests. During this time, Mercer requests that all participants and guests respect the importance of this occasion with the proper decorum. Graduates are requested not to leave prior to the conclusion of their respective ceremony.

In order to maintain propriety of this event, it is important that all cell phones are turned off or on “silent” during the entire ceremony.


Diplomas are not issued at the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage during the ceremony. Actual diplomas for Spring 2024 graduates will be mailed to your permanent address of record after the final degree requirements have been certified approximately 3 to 6 weeks after the ceremony.


Guests are prohibited from leaving their seats to take photographs. However, GradImages, the professional photographer for Commencement, will be taking photographs of each graduate as they receive their diploma. A professional photograph of the occasion will be available for purchase should you decide to choose this option. An email will be sent to graduates a few days after the ceremony with photo proofs and purchasing options. (Mercer University is not involved in this process.)


Once Commencement has concluded, graduates are to meet their families at their cars or off site. There will be no congregating allowed in the Arena or on the concourses.



Parking is free for Graduates. Graduates will park in Deck 3 (see map). The GPS address for Deck 3 is: 2693 Meadow Church Rd., Duluth, GA 30097. Graduates must present their Bear Card or show their regalia to access Deck 3. All other guests must use the main Gas South District entrance.


  • Event parking rate is $10.
  • All parking passes are valid for a single-vehicle space.
  • Parking passes are encouraged to be purchased in advance by clicking the event Mercer University Graduation. Pre-paid passes must be presented when entering the lot either via hard copy or mobile.
  • Paid parking options are available on premise.
  • Parking Map (GPS address: 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097)

Parking for Mobility Impaired

A limited number of designated handicap parking areas are located at the front of the Arena (see map). The designated handicap parking spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Please contact a Parking Attendant to assist with drop-off or pick-up arrangements. Guests in wheelchairs should enter the building at the main entrance. The Arena has ADA parking on all levels of the parking deck and ADA parking in the front lot. Drop-offs for ADA should use Arena Drive (traffic light on Sugarloaf Parkway) and may be dropped off at the front of the Arena near the crosswalk.

For more information regarding parking, visit Parking and Directions at Gas South District.

Safety and Security measures

Upon entry in to Gas South Arena, all guests will be required to have their bags checked and pass through a metal detector. Metal detectors are an effective method for Event Security to safely screen guests and prevent prohibited items from entering the building. In order to increase the efficiency of these machines, guests are asked to keep the following guidelines in mind when attending an event:

  • Arrive early in preparation for additional security measures
  • Only clear bags are allowed
  • Limit the number of personal items brought into the venue in order to expedite the screening process
  • Once in the screening area:
    • Make sure you have your ticket in hand
    • Prepare for a bag check by Event Security
    • Place your cell phone, camera and purse on the screening table and prepare to walk through the metal detector
  • Guests will be subject to a secondary screening process if the alarm sounds when passing through the walk-through metal detector
  • An alternative security screening is available to guests who are: expectant mothers, wheelchair-bound or have a medical condition

Please see Gas South’s Safety and Security Measures site for additional information.

Prohibited Items

No backpacks, balloons, large posters or noisemakers will be allowed inside the venue. Cameras allowed.

Live Streaming

Live streaming will be available. Guests who cannot be in attendance can watch on any device from any location. Streaming video will begin promptly at the start time for each ceremony at

Driving Directions

Traveling North on I-85

If you are traveling on Interstate-85 going northbound, take Sugarloaf Parkway, Exit 108, and turn right onto Sugarloaf Parkway. Cross over Satellite Boulevard and Gas South District will be on your left.

Alternate Route

If you are traveling on Interstate-85 going northbound, take GA-120 West towards Duluth, Exit 105. Turn right on Satellite Blvd. and Gas South District will be on your left.

Traveling South on I-85

If you are traveling on Interstate-85 going southbound, take Sugarloaf Parkway/Old Peachtree, Exit 109. Follow the signs for Sugarloaf Parkway and turn right. Cross over Satellite Boulevard and Gas South District will be on your left.

Alternate Route

If you are traveling on Interstate-85 going southbound, take Sugarloaf Parkway/Old Peachtree, Exit 109. Follow the signs for Old Peachtree and turn right. Turn left onto Satellite Blvd. Cross over Sugarloaf Parkway and Gas South District will be on your right.

From the Gwinnett Place Mall

If you are traveling from Gwinnett Place Mall, take Satellite Boulevard north for approximately two and a half miles. The Gas South Arena will be on your left.

From Gas South District to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Gas South District is approximately 45 minutes north of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

To get to Gas South District

Merge onto Interstate-85 going northbound. When entering downtown Atlanta, keep left to stay onto Interstate-85. Take Sugarloaf Parkway, Exit 108, and turn right onto Sugarloaf Parkway. Cross over Satellite Boulevard and Gas South District will be on your left.

To get to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Go southbound on Interstate-85 towards downtown Atlanta. Take Camp Creek Parkway, Exit 72 towards Atlanta Airport/Camp Creek Parkway. Stay on Camp Creek Parkway approximately 2 miles. Follow signs for parking/incoming/departing airlines.


Here are a selection of Mercer University and related business contacts that may help in your preparation for the upcoming Commencement.

  • Registrar’s Office
  • Mercer Website
    • For general University information and inclement weather updates:
  • Mercer Weather Hot Line
    • Changes to Commencement Schedule due to severe weather (after 5 a.m. on August 9th): (678) 547-6111
  • Mercer Bookstore
    • Academic robes and regalia, Mercer merchandise: (678) 547-6350
  • Herff-Jones
  • Grad Images