For The Graduates

The policy of Morgan State University is that only persons who have applied for graduation by the published deadline and have completed ALL academic and financial requirements for graduation may participate in the Commencement Ceremonies. There are no exceptions to this rule! In addition, participation in the Commencement Ceremonies, receipt of graduation invitations, the appearance of names in the printed program, or receipt of this information packet will not be considered evidence of graduation.

The Graduation Fee for all candidates is $75.00. Students’ TOTAL accounts, including any tuition, fees, and fines, MUST be settled in full on or before November 23, 2015. All payments must be made by cash, certified check, credit card, or money order—no personal checks. If any charges are reported to the Bursar’s Office, Montebello 124A, after November 23, 2015, students will be notified so that payment may be made immediately.

Students should make certified checks or money orders for the amount due payable to Morgan State University. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. If additional information is needed, call 443-885-3108.

NDSL/Perkins Loan Exit Interview
All students who received NDSL/Perkins Loans must report to the Bursar’s Office (Montebello 124-A) for their exit interviews between November 23—November 30, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All other exit interviews may be scheduled with the NDSL Coordinator by appointment at 443-885-3010 or 3189, or by e-mail at

Federal Education Loan/Federal Direct Loan Programs (Subsidized/Unsubsidized STAFFORD)
All students who received Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans must complete the required Loan Exit Interview online at prior to the last day of classes for the Fall 2015 semester. Students should contact the Loan Department with any questions or concerns: 443-885-3637.

Final examinations for graduating seniors and graduate students will be given on November 30—December 5, 2015. A validated copy of the Application for Graduation will admit students to final examinations. Students who have not met the requirements by December 9, 2015 may not be certified in time for graduation.

The Office of Records and Registration will certify students academically for graduation via e-mail. Students with questions or concerns may consult with that office between Monday, December 14, 2015, and Wednesday, December 16, 2015, to determine if they have been certified academically for graduation. Under no circumstances should they wait until after December 16, 2015, to make that determination. No certifications can take place on the day of rehearsal or on the day of Commencement

Only students who have been certified for graduation may participate in the graduation rehearsal. Graduate degree recipients’ rehearsal will be at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Undergraduates will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the same day. Both rehearsals will be in Hill Field House. Chief Marshal, Dr. Milford Jeremiah, his associates and assistants, and the marshals for graduation will provide detailed instructions. Certified students must bring their caps, gowns and hoods to the rehearsal, and they will pose for a Class Photograph in academic regalia. 

Generic graduation announcements will be available in the Bookstore beginning November 1, 2015, at a cost of $19.98 for a package of 10. (NOTE: Packages will not be broken.) Personalized Announcements are available at 1-800-854-7464 or via the website at

Distribution of caps and gowns will begin during the December 2015 GradFest, the Bookstore’s appreciation event for all graduates. GradFest will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015, and Friday, November 13, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.   A picture ID will be required for pick-up caps and gowns.

The MSU Bookstore will be open on Rehearsal Day, Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A class ring representative will be available during rehearsal from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Bookstore will also be open on Commencement Day, December 18, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   For questions about regalia or announcements, please telephone the Bookstore at 443-885-3075.

In order to participate in the Commencement Ceremonies, all graduates must wear the cap, gown, and hood prescribed by the University and purchased at the Morgan Bookstore. Females should wear dark dresses, shoes and hose, and they should wear small earrings to avoid harm to the ears when hooding. Men should wear dark trousers, dark shoes, a dress shirt and a tie. ROTC cadets who are commissioned in December will wear Dress Blues. Graduation attire should not be removed at any point during the Ceremonies, except by men, who will remove their caps during invocation, benediction and the singing of anthems and the Alma Mater.

All December 2015 graduates are required to participate in the December Commencement Ceremonies, unless excused. Undergraduates unable to attend must request to be excused in writing to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gloria Gibson, Truth Hall 300. Graduate students must request to be excused in writing to Dr. Mark Garrison, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, 310 McKeldin Center.