After the submission of final grades on Monday, August 4, the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process.  The Summer 2014 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, September 12, 2014.  Diplomas will be mailed to the student’s “Degree Address” after this date. 

Southern Miss - Hattiesburg Campus
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum
Hattiesburg, MS
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
Biloxi, MS
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 email account. Students wishing to participate in the Commencement ceremony should check their 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
Spring 2014

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.

Summer 2014

by April 4, 2014

Fall 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


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

College of Arts and Letters

College of Business

College of Education and Psychology

College of Health

College of Nursing

College of Science and Technology


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

Graduation Change of Information form


Ceremony Information

Graduation Ceremony Petition

RSVP online

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.


Graduation and Commencement Staff

FERPA and Graduation/Commencement

Past Degrees Conferred (Spring 2011-Spring 2012)