Commencement Day

ASSEMBLY OF GRADUATES
Graduates will assemble at 8:30 a.m. in the designated classrooms (101, 126, 127 and 128) on the first floor of Murphy Fine Arts Center.  They will use the rear first-floor entrance to the 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 & Communication
  • School of Social Work

Students should look for the signs identifying their academic unit. 

ACADEMIC PROCESSION
Once the students have assembled, the marshals will lead them down the procession route to the Concert Hall.  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.

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 man-ner suitable for the occasion, to shake the President’s hand and to receive their diploma covers from the Dean 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 Concert Hall.

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 distributed immediately after the Commencement Ceremonies at designated areas in Montebello Complex.  Students must remain for the entire Commencement Exercises in order to receive exit forms that will enable them to get their diplomas.  All recipients must present proper identification and must sign a DIPLOMA RELEASE FORM, which will be distributed at the rehearsal on December 19, 2013.  When receiving their packets, graduates should check their white envelope immediately for diploma and plastic miniature diploma.  The plastic miniature diploma cannot be re-ordered through Morgan. 

DIPLOMAS BY MAIL
Only persons who have been officially excused from participating in Commencement may have their diplomas mailed.  Those students should remit $10.00 (for postage and handling) to the Office of the Bursar and make their checks or money orders payable to Morgan State University.  They should take their receipts to the Office of Records and Registration and be certain to include a current mailing address.  They must clear all indebtedness to the University before diplomas will be released. 

Diplomas not picked up after Commencement will be available at the Office of Records and Registration, Montebello Complex, on or after Tuesday, January 7, 2014. A financial clearance letter, an NDSL/Perkins Loan Letter, or a Financial Aid Exit Letter from the Finance Office, 124A Montebello, and picture identification are required. 

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. 

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