Ceremony Information

The ceremony is approximately one and a half hours in length.  Degree candidates and guests are asked to remain for the entire ceremony.

Seating of guests will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  The doors will be open to the public approximately one hour before the exercises are scheduled to begin.  Guests should enter the coliseum through the west entrance.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 candidates should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to line up for the student processional.  All students must be in line by 9:30 a.m.  Candidates should enter through the south entrance.  No candidate can be seated after the ceremony begins.

All candidates for graduation with physical disabilities may contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) at 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232.  Individuals with hearing impairments:  ODA's TTY number is 601.266.6837 or students may use the Mississippi Relay Service at 1.800.582.2233.

Commencement Details

The Commencement program contains the DEGREE name for all candidates who have met the degree application deadline for the term for Hattiesburg and USM Gulf Coast.  All changes (addition, deletion, corrections, etc.) to the program must be made no later than April 7, 2017 for printing purposes.

Doctoral candidates must contact the Graduate Reader with any changes to the program no later than April 7, 2017 for printing purposes.

In keeping with the spirit of academic traditions, both faculty and students will process into the coliseum and to their seats under the direction of the Office of the Registrar at Gulf Park.  As candidates cross the stage their names will be announced. Doctoral candidates will be hooded individually on stage after their names are called.

The Commencement Ceremony is an elective event for undergraduate, masters, and specialists degree candidates. This a required event for doctoral candidates. Doctoral candidates who cannot participate must provide a valid reason for not attending to the Dean of the Graduate School through the Graduate Reader. Out of respect for others, all candidates are expected to remain on the coliseum floor until the conclusion of the ceremony. Any action that is deemed disrespectful or disruptive will result in the candidate’s diploma being held for disciplinary reasons.

Degree candidates who are the children of USM Alumni are also known as ‘Legacy’ students.  In an effort to recognize those families who have carried on the Southern Miss tradition, we collect the names of the Legacy degree candidates and their USM Alumni parents.  These Legacy students will be designated in the Commencement program, recognized as a group within the Commencement Ceremony, in addition to having their names listed on the Commencement website after degrees are conferred.  Legacy students are asked to submit their alumni parent information regardless of their participation in the Commencement ceremonies through the RSVP link provided.

All alumni parents will be recognized by a special Legacy pin that is distributed to the graduate at Cap & Gown pick-up.

Virtual Rehearsal

While we do not hold a rehearsal before the ceremony, a virtual rehearsal is available by clicking here.