After the submission of final grades the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process. The Fall 2013 degree clearance process will conclude on Monday, January 27, 2014. Diplomas will be mailed to the student’s “Degree Address” after this date.
Southern Miss - Hattiesburg Campus
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum
Friday, May 9, 2014
- 10 am – Colleges of Business, Health, and Education & Psychology
- 2:30 pm – Colleges of Arts & Letters, Nursing, and Science & Technology
Faculty will march at the following times:
- 10 a.m. – Colleges of Business, Health, Education & Psychology, and University Libraries
- 2:30 p.m. – Colleges of Arts & Letters, Nursing, and Science & Technology
Southern Miss - Gulf Coast Campus
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Saturday, May 10, 2014
- 10 am – All Colleges
Congratulations! It is time to reap the rewards of your hard work and academic success by applying for graduation. Allow us to walk you through this process.
Please note: The Registrar's Office will communicate Commencement information through the student's eagles.usm.edu email account. Students wishing to participate in the Commencement ceremony should check their eagles.usm.edu email account for pertinent Commencement/Graduation information.
Fire codes allow a maximum of 700 chairs on the Bernard Reed Green Coliseum floor. Commencement seating is reserved on a first come, first serve basis for each ceremony. Once the maximum capacity of 700 has been reached for a ceremony, the Registrar’s Office will discontinue accepting seat reservations.
When to Apply for Graduation
Bachelor's Degree Candidates: Undergraduate students should apply for graduation by:
Semester of Expected Graduation
Deadline to Submit Application
by November 8, 2013
March 21, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. (All changes -addition, deletion, corrections, etc.- to the Commencement Program must be made by this deadline) Date is subject to change.
by April 4, 2014
by July 25, 2014
Note: A $50 fee is assessed for students filing after the published deadline.
Graduate Degree Candidates: Graduate candidates should confirm the application process and deadlines at http://www.usm.edu/graduateschool/index.php
How to Apply
Undergraduate student will complete the application form by logging into SOAR, navigating to the Student Center.
Select Application for Graduation in the drop-down list of options under Academics. After printing the Application for Graduation, follow the steps outlined below for your college. Note: There is a $50 fee for undergraduate students filing after the published deadline
After You Apply
An audit will be performed prior to the start of the graduation term listed on your application. Undergraduate applicants will be contacted by their college's Dean’s Office via a Preliminary Audit Letter which will be mailed to your home address. You should review the materials sent to you as soon as you receive them and contact your Dean’s Office regarding any questions you may have regarding the audit.
Changing Your Graduation Date
Students who know they will not graduate the semester for which they have applied, but will graduate a subsequent semester must complete a new degree application (via their SOAR account) and obtain all necessary signatures. The completed form should be turned into your Dean’s Office for processing.
Changing Your Graduation Information
Students will need to complete the Change of Graduation Information form in order to make changes in any of the following areas:
1) The way the name is to appear on the diploma
2) The mailing address for the diploma
3) To drop a second major or minor
4) To add a minor
RSVP Confirmation Go online to verify if your seat has been reserved. (Please allow 48 hours for name to appear on confirmation list)
Commencement is a dignified occasion honoring important educational accomplishments. Decorum and courtesy are important to you and your family, and to your fellow degree candidates and their families. Students that elect to act offensively, disrespectfully, or in any way that disrupts or delays the ceremony will be reported immediately to the Dean of Students for a review of the student’s actions. During this review a hold will be placed on the student’s record preventing the mailing of the diploma or releasing the student’s transcript. After the review, the hold may be lifted pending completion of any sanctions.
Once degree candidates have entered the coliseum and have been seated they are expected to remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony marked by the recession of the faculty.
*Adherence to the University's alcohol policy is expected.
*Improper attire, signs, and insignia will be removed by the marshals.
*Cell phones and other electronic equipment should be turned off.
*Most importantly, when candidates cross the stage to receive their diplomas, they are to do so by walking at a deliberate pace and without any undue actions of celebration.