Graduation Application

After registering for the last semester, students can apply for graduation. Be sure the application is made before the term deadline.

Fall 2020 Graduation Application Deadline - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

How to Apply:

  • Log into OneACCS
  • Click on Student Tab
  • Click on Student Records
  • Click on Apply to Graduate
  • Follow steps listed in the application
  • Click submit

If the name on record is correct, continue the process. If not, email Admissions and Records at  to submit a name change. Check all information for accuracy. The mailing address selected will be the diploma mailing address if one is purchased.

Things to Know About Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held for the summer, fall and spring semesters. Graduates should arrive for the ceremony no later than 5:15 p.m. 

  • Spring and Summer 2020 Graduation Ceremonies
    • Drive Thru Ceremony at Wallace Hall, Gadsden
    • Tuesday, August 11th @ 6pm
    • Check your email for detailed information

Caps and gowns may be purchased at the bookstores located on the East Broad and the Ayers campuses. The price is approximately $55. 

Official commencement photographs will be taken at each ceremony by Village Photographers. Each graduate will have a photo taken as they cross the stage as well as one as they exit the stage. Proofs of these photos will be sent by mail and email to graduates and their families within one week of the ceremony. Print packages start at under $10; however, there is no obligation to buy. To ensure that Village Photographers has the correct address information, go to and click “Sign up for Graduation Proofs.” For additional information, call 334-821-9196 or email

The Gadsden State Public Relations and Marketing Department will take candid photos before and during the ceremony that will be posted on all of the College’s social media platforms.

TV24 will video the commencement ceremonies. Footage will be scheduled for broadcast on TV24. A schedule will be shared on Gadsden State social media. Videos will also post to Gadsden State’s YouTube channel.

  • Purchase cap, gown and tassel from the Gadsden State bookstore.
  • Dress your best! Most students wear dress clothes or nice jeans. Wear nice shoes you can walk up and down stairs in and stand in for long periods of time.
  • If you have honor cords, you may wear them. These are purchased through each honor society.
  • Be on time! Check-in and marching lineup are at 5:15 the day of the ceremony.
  • Leave personal items, such as a purse, camera or phone with a guest or in your vehicle. There will be no secure areas for these items during the ceremony.


Final Audits

Please note that all candidates for graduation will undergo an official graduation audit after final grades post. Graduation is final only after all requirements are met and the official audit is complete. The process may take two to three weeks or longer to complete. After all audits have been finalized, an email will be sent notifying students of transcript availability.


Summer 2020 diplomas will be mailed to graduates on or before September 8.

All graduates who wish to receive a printed diploma must pay the $10 diploma fee. Payment for the diploma can be made at the Business Offices located on any campus or online through OneACCS using these steps:

  • Login to OneACCS
  • Click Student Tab > Registration > Registration Fee Assessment
  • Click Submit under the term
  • Click Pay Account
  • Click Pay Now and type in the amount ($10)
  • Type in the account information and continue
  • Submit payment
  • Email that the payment has been submitted along with your G#/A#

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