Commencement Day

Graduates will assemble at 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the University Student Center. 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 signs identifying their academic units.

Once the students have assembled, the marshals will lead them down the procession route to Hill Field House. Upon reaching their seats, they will remain standing, facing the stage, until the Chief University Marshal turns the Ceremonies over to the President and the President instructs them to be seated.

First, the President will award degrees en masse according to degree level. Afterwards, certified graduates will walk across the stage individually, as their names are called, to receive their diploma tubes. 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 tubes from the Dean, shake the President’s hand and be photographed, 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 Field House.

Graduates will be photographed individually as they walk across the stage and shake the President’s hand. Graduates will be contacted by the professional photographer to make arrangements for purchases.

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, and they must present their Exit Cards to the Ushers immediately after the Graduation Ceremonies as they exit the Field House during the Recession in order to receive their diplomas by mail. They may not present those Exit Cards at any other time before the Ceremonies end.

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.

Senior Portraits
Seniors may sit for Senior Portraits for the yearbook, by appointment, in Room 212-A of the University Student Center on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 through Saturday, December 12, 2015

Please visit or call 1-855-416-0016 to make an appointment.


If students are unsuccessful in meeting graduation requirements for the Class of December 2015, they MUST RE-SUBMIT an application for graduation for May of 2016 according to the published deadline. This deadline applies to all students who complete requirements in mini-mester of 2016 or May of 2016. THEY MUST MEET BOTH FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS. No additional application fee is required.