For The Graduates

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
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 April 13, 2015. 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 April 13, 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 April 13—April 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 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 Spring 2015 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 April 27 — May 2, 2015.  A validated copy of the Application for Graduation will admit students to final examinations.  Students who have not met all academic requirements by May 4, 2015 may not be certified in time for graduation.

CERTIFICATION FOR GRADUATION
Students must consult with the Office of Records and Registration between Monday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 13, 2014, to determine if they have been certified academically for graduation.  Under no circumstances should they wait until after May 13, 2014, to make that determination.  If they have not been certified by the time that they consult the Office of Records and Registration, they will be directed to the office of their dean for clarification.  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 Friday, May 15, 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 assistants, and the marshals for graduation will provide detailed instructions. Certified students must bring their caps, gowns and hoods to the rehearsal. 

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS, ACADEMIC REGALIA, ETC.
Generic graduation announcements will be available in the Bookstore beginning April 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 http://www.jostens.com. 

Distribution of caps and gowns will begin on Thursday, April 9, 2015, to all students.   A picture ID will be required for pick-up of caps and gowns.  Spring 2015 GradFest, the Bookstore’s appreciation event for all graduates, will be held on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

The MSU Bookstore will be open on Rehearsal Day,  Friday, May 15, 2015,  from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A class ring representative will be available during Rehearsal on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Bookstore will also be open on Commencement Day, May 16, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For questions about regalia or announcements, please telephone the Bookstore at 443-885-3075.

COMMENCEMENT ATTIRE
All graduates must wear the cap, gown, and hood prescribed by the University and purchased at the Morgan Bookstore.  All graduates should wear dark clothing and jewelry that will not interfere with hooding, and men should wear dress shirts and ties.  ROTC cadets who are commissioned in May will wear Dress Blues. Graduation attire should not be removed at any point during the Exercises, except by men, who will remove their caps during invocation, the singing of anthems and the Alma Mater, and benediction.

REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT
All May 2015 graduates are required to participate in the May Commencement Exercises, 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.