Commencement Guide

We are pleased to announce that the Fifty-Fourth Deree – The American College of Greece Commencement and the Fourteen Graduate School Commencement will be held at the Deree Track and Field – Aghia Paraskevi Campus on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 20:30.

To participate in the Commencement Ceremony, each prospective graduate must declare his/her participation by sending an email to [email protected] not later than June 30th, 12.00 noon (Athens time).

Commencement Webinar

All graduating students who confirmed in writing their participation will be sent an invitation to participate in an Informational Webinar via Zoom to be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Invitation to these webinars will be sent in due course. Participation is mandatory. Those failing to attend the webinar WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE in the COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
The Commencement Webinar is essential to ensure a smooth-running and coordinated event.

Commencement Rehearsal

There will be no Commencement Rehearsal this year, but the Commencement Webinars are mandatory to give you instructions for Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony will be held at the Deree Track & Field on Saturday, August 29, 2020. The ceremony will start promptly at 20:30.  Gates to the campus will open at 18:30.
All participants must arrive by 19:00 dressed with their gowns and caps to allow enough time to be seated. At this time, you will also receive your tassels.
If you are currently employed or in the military and need verification stating that you will be attending the Commencement Ceremony, please notify the Office of Student Affairs, [email protected]

Distribution of Academic regalia (show)

The distribution of academic regalia (cap, gown and collar) will take place at the Deree Main Corridor from:

  • Monday, July, 20 until Thursday, July 23, 2020.

More information concerning distribution of academic regalia, parking availability and other relevant topics will be announced soon.

Academic regalia must be picked up in person. Please note that you cannot participate in Commencement if your gown is not picked up on these dates. While you will be waiting to be served you should wear your mask and respect social distancing. You will not be able to try on your gown and cap at the time of the pick up.

Under extenuating circumstances, a participant may give a written authorization to another person to pick up his/her cap and gown. Please note that the authorization must be notarized (η εξουσιοδότηση πρέπει να είναι επικυρωμένη) or sent directly from your ACG email account.  Email authorizations must include scanned copies (or a clear photo) of state IDs of both the Deree graduate and person being authorized to receive the cap/gown and other important information.

Dress Regulations (show)

Commencement participants must wear academic regalia:

  • black gowns, ankle length (worn over your clothes)
  • white collars for women; white shirts and dark neckties (dark blue, dark grey, or black) for men
  • black shoes (women should avoid very high heels or shoes with straps)
  • caps, flat on the head with tassels on the right side

Invitations (show)

While we are eager to celebrating our graduating students and acknowledge their success by giving you the opportunity to graduate in person, we are equally committed to ensuring the safety of our community.

Therefore, each graduate will be given two (2) invitations for their guests and one (1) parking ticket in order to be able to park on a designated area on campus on the day of the Commencement. Attendance at the Commencement Ceremony is by invitation only.  Each invitation is valid for one person only.

Following the deadline of June 30th, the Office of Student Affairs will know the number of students and guests that will not participate and consequently the exact number of invitations that could potentially be redistributed to the graduating students that will participate.

Obtaining an additional invitation for the Graduate’s family members is possible only through ACG by sending an email to [email protected] on Friday, July 3, 2020, 10.00 – 12.00; surplus invitations will be reserved on that day on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to one extra invitation per graduate.

All invitations will be in an electronic form via Eventora platform and they will be assigned per graduate.

Guest Seating (show)

Guest seating is not reserved. Please advise your two guests to arrive on time and to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony.  Visitors may enter the campus at 18:30.  Your visitors are strongly advised to wear their masks until they are seated.

Photographs and Video (show)

We would like to inform you that the College has made arrangements for photographs and video of the ceremony to be taken as to maintain memorabilia.  An individual photo of each graduate will be taken at the time s/he is receiving her/his degree from the President.  In addition, the entire ceremony will be recorded on video; this video will be sent to you by the Office of Advancement on DVD following the ceremony. Copies of the photographs can be ordered by graduating students directly from the College photographer. Please note that picture taking and/or video recording by unauthorized individuals will not be allowed during the ceremony.

For additional information regarding distribution of academic regalia, Commencement invitations, parking availability and other relevant topics, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]