Q&A - Gulf Coast

UPDATED: APRIL 13, 2016

Will tickets be required for entry into the Commencement ceremony?
Tickets are not required for family and friends attending Commencement, and candidates may bring an unlimited number of guests to celebrate the occasion. While seating is plentiful, candidates and guests should allow enough time for traffic and parking. 

How will you accommodate people with disabilities or special needs?
Special parking will be reserved for persons with disabilities or special needs that meet ADA guidelines.

Where will I park?
Parking for candidates is available in Lot A, south of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Parking for family members is available west of the coliseum. Family members are asked to enter coliseum through the west entrance. 

Is there a dress code?
Commencement is a formal celebration. We encourage candidates to take this into consideration in regards to wardrobe. Comfortable shoes are STRONGLY encouraged since candidates will be walking long distances and standing for long periods of time. Please choose appropriate footwear. 

Is there a processional or recessional?
To begin the ceremonies, doctoral candidates followed by specialist's and master's candidates will lead the baccalaureate candidates in a processional. Afterward, the students and guests will be asked to stand for the platform and faculty processional.

How do I ensure that my name is pronounced correctly at the commencement ceremony?
To facilitate the reading of names at Commencement, students may write the phonetic spelling of their names in the blank space at the top of the name cards distributed at the check-in process at the Coliseum. Name pronunciation for the Ceremony reader to review can be submitted prior to the ceremony via email to debby.hill@usm.edu by Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

How will weather affect the Commencement schedule?
If weather is severe enough (heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornado watch/warning) to necessitate a delay in the start of the ceremony, instructions will be announced on-site to students and guests. If the forecast indicates no change in the severity of the weather, cancellation of the ceremony will be announced.  

If the ceremony is underway but is interrupted by severe weather, students and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is advised that families prearrange a meeting place in case the ceremony is canceled.