For The Graduates

ELIGIBILITY
The policy of Morgan State University is that only per-sons 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 invita-tions, the appearance of names in the printed program, or receipt of this information packet will not be consid-ered evidence of graduation. 

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
The Graduation Fee for all candidates is $75.00.  Stu-dents’ TOTAL accounts, including any tuition, fees, and fines, MUST be settled in full on or before November 25, 2013.  All payments are 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 25, 2013, 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 25—December 6, 2013, 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 bursar@morgan.edu.

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 www.studentloans.gov prior to the last day of classes for the Fall 2013 semester.  Students should contact the Loan Department with any questions or concerns:  443-885-3637. 

FINAL EXAMINATIONS
Final examinations for graduating seniors and graduate students will be given December 2-7, 2013.  A validated copy of the Application for Graduation will admit stu-dents to final examinations.  Students who have not met the requirements by December 10, 2013 may not be certified in time for graduation.

CERTIFICATION FOR GRADUATION
The Office of the Dean of the college or school will certi-fy students academically for graduation.  Students MUST consult with those offices or other designated locations between Monday, December 16, 2013, and Wednesday, December 18, 2013, to determine if they have been certi-fied academically for graduation.  Under no circumstances should they wait until after December 18, 2013, to make that determination.  No certifications can take place on the day of rehearsal or the day of Commencement. 

REHEARSAL
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 Thurs-day, December 19, 2013.  Undergraduates will  meet at 10:00 a.m. on the same day.  Both rehearsals will be in Gilliam Concert Hall.  Chief Marshal, Dr. Milford Jere-miah, his assistants, and the marshals for graduation will provide detailed instructions. Certified students must bring their caps, gowns and hoods to the rehearsal.  DIPLOMA RELEASE forms will be distributed at rehears-al.  Graduates may not get their diplomas on Friday without these diploma release forms.

ACADEMIC REGALIA, GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS, ETC.
Generic graduation announcements will be available in the Bookstore beginning November 1, 2013, 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 www.jostens.com.

Distribution of caps and gowns will begin on Thursday, December 5, 2013, to all students who placed their order by October 11, 2013.  A picture ID will be required for pick-up. 

The MSU Bookstore will be open on Rehearsal Day,  Thursday, December 19, 2013,  from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A class ring representative will be available during rehearsal on Thursday, December 19, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Telephone the Bookstore at 443-885-3075.  The Bookstore will also be open on Commencement Day, December 20, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

COMMENCEMENT ATTIRE
All graduates must wear the cap, gown, and hood pre-scribed 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 the Alma Mater. 

REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT
All December 2013 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 Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Keith Jackson, 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. 

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