Commencement Day

ASSEMBLY OF GRADUATES
Graduates will assemble at 8:30 a.m. on the Academic Quad in front of Holmes Hall.  They will, with the assistance of marshals, assemble by college/school:

  • School of Graduate Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Community Health and Policy
  • School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • School of Education and Urban Studies
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Global Journalism and Communication
  • School of Social Work

Students should look for the banner identifying their academic unit.  In case of severe weather, graduates will assemble in Hill Field House.

ACADEMIC PROCESSION
Once the students have assembled, the marshals will lead them down the procession route to Hughes Stadium.  Upon reaching their seats, they will remain standing, facing the stage, until the Chief University Marshal turns the Exercises over to the President and the President instructs them to be seated.

CONFERRING OF DEGREES
The President will award degrees en masse according to degree level and academic unit.  Afterwards, certified graduates will walk across the stage individually, as their names are called, to receive their diploma covers.  Graduates will present their Certification Card to the reader when they approach the top of the stage.  When the reader calls their names, they will proceed across the stage rapidly, without delay, in an orderly and dignified manner suitable for the occasion, to receive their diploma cover from the Dean, shake the President’s hand and exit the opposite side of the stage.  Upon returning to their seats, graduates must remain seated and depart together during the Recession from the Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF GRADUATES
Graduates will be photographed individually as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma covers.  Graduates will be contacted by the professional photographer to make arrangements for purchases.

DIPLOMA DISTRIBUTION
Actual diplomas will be mailed directly to students two to three weeks following Commencement after final academic and financial clearance.  Students must ensure that the University has the address where they want their diplomas to be mailed.  Students must remain for the entire Commencement Exercises in order to receive diploma release forms that will enable them to get their diplomas by mail.  They will submit those diploma release forms to the Registrar immediately after the Graduation Ceremonies at designated locations on campus.  All recipients must present proper identification and must sign the diploma release form.

GRADUATION WITH HONORS
In order to be considered for honors, candidates must have earned a minimum of sixty (60) credits at Morgan, must have earned no grades below “C,” and must have a cumulative average of at least 3.4.