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Graduation Preparation

Diploma CasesGeneral Commencement Information

The University celebrates the commencement ceremonies twice a year in Hattiesburg (December for Summer and Fall candidates; May for Spring candidates) and an additional Spring ceremony on the USM Gulf Coast campus. All candidates who have filed for degree must reserve a seat for Commencement.

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 students actions. During this review a hold will be placed on the students record preventing the mailing of the diploma or releasing the students 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.
  • 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.

Doors will open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony. Families and guests are urged to arrive in time to be seated at least 30 minutes in advance for the start of the processional. Please allow adequate time for parking, walking and seating in Reed Green Coliseum. Please review our parking and traffic flow map

Guests and students with disabilities who need assistance may contact the Office for Disability Accommodations at (601) 266.5024 or email ODA.

2019-2020 Commencement Schedule

Fall 2019 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, MS
Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:00 p.m. ceremony
Graduate School (Doctoral, Specialists, Master's degree candidates)

Fall 2019 9AM Undergraduate Ceremony

Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, MS
Friday, December 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. ceremony
Undergraduate degree candidates in the Colleges of Business and Economic Development, Education and Human Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions

Fall 2019 2PM Undergraduate Ceremony

Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, MS
Friday, December 13, 2019
2:00 p.m. ceremony
Undergraduate degree candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences

 

Spring 2020 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, MS
Thursday, May 14, 2020
6:00 p.m. ceremony 
Graduate School (Doctoral, Specialists, Master's degree candidates)

Spring 2020 9AM Undergraduate Ceremony

Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, MS
Friday, May 15, 2020
9:00 a.m. ceremony 
Undergraduate degree candidates in the Colleges of Business and Economic Development, Education and Human Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions

Spring 2020 2PM Undergraduate Ceremony

 Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, MS
Friday, May 15, 2020
2:00 p.m. ceremony
Undergraduate degree candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2020 10AM Gulf Coast Ceremony
Mississippi Coast Coliseum | Biloxi, MS
Saturday, May 16, 2020
10:00 a.m. ceremony
Doctoral, Specialist, Master's and undergraduate degree candidates at Coastal operations

 

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*Please review commencement seat reservation deadlines here.
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How to Apply for Graduation

Congratulations, students! It's time to reap the rewards of your hard work and academic success by applying for graduation.

  • Graduation applications can be filled out by logging onto your SOAR account and navigating to your Student Center. 
  • Select Application for Graduation from the drop-down list of options below the Academics section. Be sure to read all information before completing the application.
    Enter the address you'd like your diploma mailed to, a valid contact number and the semester you plan to complete your degree.
  • PRINT OUT THE APPLICATION. Blank or handwritten applications are not accepted. In the event your application does not print, check to make sure you do not have a pop-up blocker turned on and/or clean your cache. If you continue to have issues, please email graduationFREEMississippi for assistance.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your classes and degree progress. Be sure to take a copy of your DPR (degree progress report) to your scheduled appointment.
  • If you and your advisor agree that you will meet degree requirements for the term requested, have your advisor sign the application. Both you and your advisor should also complete the summary page (page 2 of your application).
  • Once your application is signed by your advisor, submit to the office of the Chair/Director of your major.
  • After your degree application has been approved by the Chair/Director of your major, your application will be submitted to the Office of Degree Progress for final signature and you will be supplied with a preliminary audit.

DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring Degree Application
November 1
Summer Degree Application
April 1
Fall Degree Application
July 1

*Please review additional information regarding degree application deadlines here.

Graduation applications are made available to students through their SOAR account a year in advance and late fees are based off of the print date of the application. UNDERGRADUATE students wishing to request a reduction in the graduation application fee due to a circumstance beyond their control may appeal using the Graduation Application Fee Appeal Form. GRADUATE students wishing to request a reduction in the graduation application fee due to a circumstance beyond their control may email the Document%20Specialist in the Graduate School.

 

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STEPS FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

All Undergraduate, Master's and Specialists degree candidates who have filed for degree and wish to participate in the Fall 2019 Commencement ceremony must reserve a seat. Candidates may reserve a seat free of charge from July 29, 2019 through October 31, 2019. Any seating reservation made from November 1, 2019 through November 29, 2019 will be assessed a $100.00 late seating fee. Requests for seating after November 29, 2019 will not be honored and those students will not be allowed to participate in the Fall 2019 commencement ceremony. RSVP Online

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 (additions, deletions, corrections, etc.) to the program must be made no later than Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for printing purposes. Any student who submits a late degree application after the deadline WILL NOT have their name listed in the Commencement program.

Degree candidates should check in at the appropriate location and time listed below, please do not be late.

Baccalaureate participants will be grouped and seated by colleges. Specialists and then Masters will be grouped and seated in alphabetical order by degree. Doctoral candidates will be grouped and seated by degree. Baccalaureate, Specialist, and Masters arriving after the processional line is finalized (15 minutes prior to each ceremony) will be added to the end of the processional line and may not be grouped and seated with their college in the coliseum.

Fall 2019 6:00 p.m. Ceremony – Graduate School

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Doctoral, Specialists and Master's Candidates Payne Center Gym 4:15 p.m.
Doctoral Candidates' Hooding Professors Payne Center Gym 4:15 p.m.

 

Fall 2019 9:00 a.m. Ceremony - Colleges of Business and Economic Development, Education and Human Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Baccalaureate Candidates Payne Center Gym 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

 

Fall 2019 2:00 p.m.. Ceremony - College of Arts and Sciences

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Baccalaureate Candidates Payne Center Gym 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

BACCALAUREATE
Candidates should check in with their caps, gowns, name card, and student ID.

MASTERS/SPECIALISTS
Candidates should check in with their caps, gowns, hoods, name card, and student ID.

DOCTORAL
Candidates should check in with their doctoral regalia (cap and gown); hoods and name cards will be issued by the Graduate School at the Payne Center during check-in.

To begin the Hattiesburg ceremonies, doctoral candidates followed by specialist's and master's candidates will lead the baccalaureate candidates in a processional from the West tunnel. Afterward, the students and guests will be asked to stand for the platform and faculty processional.

Following both ceremonies, the platform party and the faculty will lead the students in a recessional exiting through the East and West tunnels.

In the event of rain, umbrellas can be used to walk from the check-in location to the coliseum and left in the tunnel until the recessional. 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 you prearrange a meeting place with your family and guests in case the ceremony is canceled. Instructions and updates will be provided via the USM Website and through local media outlets.

A Commencement photographer from LifeTouch Photography will be available to take photos of the candidates as they cross the stage and receive their diploma covers. LifeTouch can be reached at 1.800.505.9496 or by emailing specialevents@lifetouch.com. To view your photos please visit LifeTouch

Students may choose to have their photos made in advance of the ceremony through Southern Miss Photo Services. Call 601.266.4149 to set up an appointment in Hattiesburg.

We encourage graduates and their families to arrive early enough to take photos at various landmarks across campus prior to checking in at the Payne Center. Family and friends will also be able to take photos from their seats.  take photos of the candidates during the ceremony. 

The Registrar's Office will communicate Commencement information through the student's @usm.edu email account. Students wishing to participate in the Commencement ceremony should check their @usm.edu email account for pertinent Commencement/Graduation information.

GRAD FEST
Southern Miss wants degree candidates to enjoy this milestone for years to come. Barnes & Noble @ Southern Miss will host Grad Fest for summer and fall degree candidates to have the convenience of taking care of all of their graduation needs at one time and place. Students may reserve your seat, order regalia, invitations, class rings, and visit with other campus representatives. While this event is not mandatory, students are encouraged to come enjoy Grad Fest on the following dates:

Hattiesburg Campus (Barnes & Noble): September 30, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm and October 1, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm.
USM Gulf Coast Campus (Barnes & Noble): October 2, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Caps and gowns may also be ordered from Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss during regular business hours for Fall 2019 Commencement or online at https://gradsupply.com/university-of-southern-mississippi/ from August 19, 2019 through November 15, 2019 (date subject to change). Beginning November 1, 2019 a late fee will be charged for all orders. The deadline to order your cap & gown for the Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony is November 15, 2019 (date subject to change).

DOCTORAL HOODS
Doctoral students should not rent or buy a hood. The cost of the hood is included in your doctoral graduation fees. The Graduate School will provide you with your hood at Commencement check-in on the day of Commencement. Your hood is yours to keep.

CAP & GOWN PICK UP
Caps and gowns ordered at the Hattiesburg campus can be picked up at the Barnes & Noble Southern Miss Bookstore in the Thad Cochran Center, for all candidates and faculty, during a date Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Tuesday, December 5, 2019 from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. and Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:00am - 5:00pm.

Gulf Coast students can pick up at the Gulf Coast campus during a date Wednesday, December 4 - Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 9:00 am - 6:00pm. and Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:00 am - 1:00pm. Any orders not picked up during these times will be shipped back to the Hattiesburg campus on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Candidates can arrange for a third party to pick up commencement items in their place by completing a request at this link: 3rd Party Commencement Regalia Pickup Request. The request must be received no later than Monday, December 2, 2019 at 4:30pm.

Hattiesburg Campus Orders    (601) 266-4381
Gulf Park Campus Orders        (228) 214-3479

*Orders must be picked up from the campus where the order is placed.

VENDORS FOR CAP AND GOWN PURCHASE
Oak Hall (vendor used by Southern Miss) | 1-800-223-0429
R.M. Hendrick | 1-800-844-5323

You may choose any other vendor, as long as your gown is in accordance with USM standards - black doctoral with black velvet stripes OR black doctoral with color velvet stripes to match your hood. (Hood is provided by the Graduate School.) USM Custom Regalia can only be ordered from Oak Hall and may be worn during the Commencement Ceremony if purchased.

Below is a quick reference for information on the color of your velvet stripes if you choose the Deluxe Regalia.

Ph.D. Navy Blue
D.M.A. Pink
D.N.P. Apricot
Ed.D. Light Blue
Au.D. Rhodes Blue

PARKING
All university parking lots, unless otherwise marked, will be open to the public on the day of Commencement. Handicap parking will be on the West side of M. K. Turk Circle and on Kay James Drive. The Southern Miss parking garage (map) adjacent to West Fourth Street will be open for Commencement parking. Please review the Commencement Parking Map for recommended parking areas for graduation candidates and guests.

TRAFFIC CONTROL
To maintain safety for pedestrians, traffic flow is restricted around M.K. Turk Circle 20 minutes prior to each ceremony. All participants and guests should review the Commencement Traffic Flow plan to ensure safety and traffic assistance prior to the ceremony. To accommodate the large volume of traffic after the ceremony, traffic flow will be changed for approximately 45 minutes immediately following each ceremony.

  • M. K. Turk Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic.
  • All traffic exiting the Payne Center parking lot via the East exit will be required to turn right onto Golden Eagle Avenue southbound, in order not to conflict with traffic exiting the parking garage.
  • All traffic exiting the parking garage will be required to turn right onto Golden Eagle Avenue northbound, towards West 4th Street, in order not to conflict with traffic exiting the Payne Center lot.
  • All traffic exiting Golden Eagle Avenue and the Physical Plant lot onto West 4th Street will be required to turn eastbound on West 4th Street.
  • All traffic exiting Pete Taylor Park and M. K. Turk Circle onto West Fourth Street will be required to turn westbound on West 4th Street.
  • Traffic that is already on West Fourth Street, either eastbound or westbound, will be allowed to continue in that direction.

 

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An undergraduate student who wishes to make petition to walk in a ceremony for which he/she is not an actual degree candidate, should complete the Commencement Ceremony Petition.

The Graduate School allows students to attend a Commencement Ceremony only for the term in which they are graduating (excluding summer graduates who are allowed to participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony following their summer graduation). For questions please contact the Graduate School at (601) 266-4369 or email Document%20Specialists

The Summer 2019 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, September 6, 2019. Diplomas are 8.5x11 in size and do not display the major in which a student completed their degree in. Diplomas only display a student's degree type (i.e. Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, etc.) and will be mailed to the degree address listed on your graduation application on Monday, September 23, 2019. Diplomas for all summer graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

The Fall 2019 degree clearance process will conclude on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Diplomas are 8.5x11 in size and do not display the major in which a student completed their degree in. Diplomas only display a student's degree type (i.e. Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, etc.) and will be mailed to the degree address listed on your graduation application on Friday, February 28, 2020. Diplomas for all fall graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

The Spring 2020 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, June 19, 2020. Diplomas are 8.5x11 in size and do not display the major in which a student completed their degree in. Diplomas only display a student's degree type (i.e. Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, etc.) and will be mailed to the degree address listed on your graduation application on Monday, July 6, 2020. Diplomas for all spring graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

UNIVERSITY ISSUED HONOR CORDS
To give distinction to student honor achievements, the University offers honor cords for undergraduate candidates (and approved petitioners) that have a current cumulative Southern Miss GPA of 3.5 or higher.  A black and gold honor cord can be purchased for $10 (check, money order, or credit cards only). All students who qualify for honor cords are notified via Southern Miss email. 

HATTIESBURG STUDENTS may purchase honor cords at the Registrar’s Office, Kennard-Washington Hall Room 110 Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

GULF COAST STUDENTS may purchase honor cords at the Student Services One Stop, first floor Hardy Hall on the Gulf Park Campus Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

REQUESTS FOR COMMENCEMENT STOLES/CORDS FOR ON CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS
A commencement stole is a decorative vestment worn by students who are members of various organizations for the purpose of denoting outstanding achievements in academics and used to indicate membership in a professional organization. All commencement stoles worn at graduation must be approved through the Office of the University Registrar.

Organizations must complete the online application along with submitting a supplemental formal letter addressed to the Academic Regalia Subcommittee of the Executive Commencement Committee by February 1 for Spring commencement and September 1 for Fall commencement. The letter will need to address justification for requesting cords and will need to include the academic requirements for joining the organization. The committee will only consider commencement stoles/cords that are associated with academic excellence. Along with attaching the formal letter to the online application, the organization must attach a picture of the stole/cord they’re wishing to purchase when submitting the application.

Please address memo to:
Academic Regalia Subcommittee of the Executive Commencement Committee
ATTN: Dana%20Berry
118 College Drive #5166
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

All questions regarding organizations applying for a commencement stole or cord should be directed at our Graduation%20Listserv or to Dana%20Berry.

 

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IMPACT ON GRADUATION
It is important to understand that your privacy status could impact your graduation in several ways:
   •  Your name will not appear on the RSVP Confirmation page
   •  Your name will not appear in the Commencement Program
   •  We will not be able to confirm your degree to potential employers

DIRECTORY INFORMATION
The University of Southern Mississippi has designated the following items as Directory Information, subject to public disclosure in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974:
   •  Address                           •  Dates of Attendance
   •  Student Name                 •  Classification
   •  Telephone Number         •  Degree(s) Earned
   •  E-mail Address                •  Previous Institutions Attended
   •  Major                                •  Class Rank

Directory Information pertaining to students of The University of Southern Mississippi is never knowingly provided to any requester for commercial purposes. Students must request the University not to release Directory Information; however, the consequences of that action should be considered before making the decision to do so.
   •  The enrollment of students who request to withhold Directory Information cannot be verified to
      any outside source such as potential employers, colleges, universities, or medical insurance 
      companies.
   •  The names of students who request to withhold Directory Information will not appear in any 
      official university publication distributed to the public, such as a commencement program. 
   •  The names of students who request to withhold Directory Information will not be provided to 
       the media when releasing academic recognition announcements (President's List or Dean's
       List).

Please understand that academic information will be kept completely private for you with or without the privacy status. However, for students who request privacy of their public information, directory information that is normally considered public is also kept private. Directory information includes: name, address, birth date, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, major and most recent previous educational institution attended.

Contact Us: If you have applied to graduate and wish to remove your privacy flag, please complete a written request and provide it to Registrar%20Degree%20Auditor or visit Kennard Washington Hall room 110.  If you have questions regarding graduation FERPA, please submit your question to Registrar%20Degree%20Auditor.

Dana Berry, Assistant Registrar for Degree Audits and Commencement
E-Mail: Dana.BerryFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-6175

Robin Johnson, Director of Student Services & Assistant Registrar for Gulf Park
E-Mail: Robin.JohnsonFREEMississippi | Phone: (228) 214-3432

Brittney Hawkins, Senior Degree Auditor
E-Mail: Brittney.M.HawkinsFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-6813

Micki Posey, Degree Auditor
Email: Micki.PoseyFREEMississippi | Phone (601) 266-4808

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College of Arts & Sciences
Twillia Morgan, Senior Degree Progress Specialist 
E-Mail: Twillia.MorganFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-5616

Anita Hobgood, Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Anita.HobgoodFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-4963

Denise Crozier, Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Denise.CrozierFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-5118

College of Business & Economic Development
Michelle Templeton, Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Deborah.TempletonFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-4174

College of Education & Human Services
Marjorie Newsome, Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Marjorie.NewsomeFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-6095

College of Nursing & Health Professions
Michelle Templeton, Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Deborah.TempletonFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-4174

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Sue Fayard, Graduate Degree Auditor
E-Mail: Sue.FayardFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-5136

Michael Howell, Graduate Degree Auditor
E-Mail: Michael.HowellFREEMississippi | Phone: (601) 266-4372

HANDICAP PARKING
Available on the west side of M.K. Turk Circle and on Kay James Drive. It can be accessed from West 4th Street. Kay James Drive can be accessed from M.K. Turk Circle or Montague Boulevard. See commencent parking map. If you have difficulty finding handicap parking, please ask for assistance.

SHUTTLE SERVICE
Available to provide transportation from parking on campus to the Reed Green Coliseum. Persons with disabilities should bring their own assistive personal devices (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) so they can move independently in the coliseum.

DROP OFF AREA FOR GUESTS
On the north end (off West 4th Street) of Reed Green Coliseum. Commencement Volunteers will be there to escort guests with mobility problems entering the coliseum. Southern Miss can provide a wheelchair for transportation to and from the drop off area to inside the building. However, guests needing a wheelchair for seating purposes during the ceremony should bring their own due to wheelchair availability.

ACCESSIBLE GUEST SEATING
Guests needing accessible seating are encouraged to arrive at least 90 minutes early. Persons with disabilities should bring their own assistive personal devices (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) so they can move independently in the coliseum.

GRADUATES REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE
Students with disabilities requiring special assistance should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations at (601) 266-5024 or email the Office%20for%20Disability%20Accommodations one week ahead of time to make arrangements. Then, on the day of graduation, graduates needing assistance in getting to the commencement floor should go the north end (off West 4th Street) of Reed Green Coliseum. commencement volunteers will be there to assist you.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING
This service will be available. For those who use sign language, seating can be reserved in the coliseum to get a better viewing angle. Please contact the Office for Disability Accommodations at (601) 266-5024 or email the Office%20for%20Disability%20Accommodations one week ahead of time to make arrangements.

HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
Individuals with Hearing Impairments: May use the Mississippi Relay Service at 1-800-582-2233 to contact any campus office.

OTHER QUESTIONS OR INFORMATION
If you have special needs that are not addressed by the above information, please contact the Office for Disability Accommodations at (601) 266-5024 or email the Office%20for%20Disability%20Accommodations one week ahead of time to make arrangements.

GULF COAST COMMENCEMENT ACCOMMODATIONS
If you have special needs for attending or participating in the Gulf Coast Commencement ceremonies, please email the Gulf%20Park%20Department%20of%20Student%20Services or call at (228) 865-4565.

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While Commencement ceremonies are celebrations for students and families, they are also ceremonial reminders of traditions of the academic institution, and faculty members have an important role.

Faculty Check-in and Lineup
Faculty are asked to report to the West Tunnel of the Coliseum 30 minutes prior to each ceremony and will be grouped by college . Faculty members will process as a group; then later recess to exit the Coliseum. Please be reminded that personal items may not be secured in the Coliseum; thus, personal items are discouraged.

Faculty Processional
After the platform party have processed, all faculty will march from the West Tunnel to the chairback seating in the Coliseum. Comfortable shoes are encouraged since faculty will be standing during check-in/lineup, walking through Reed Green Coliseum and navigating stairs to your chairback. Gold chairback seats will be provided for faculty seating behind the students. Faculty members who need special assistance should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations at (601) 266-5024 or email the Office%20for%20Disability%20Accommodations.

Faculty Recessional
Faculty will recess to the East and West tunnels at the conclusion of the ceremony after the platform party has exited.

Faculty Regalia
Faculty participants are required to wear appropriate academic regalia. Faculty members have the option of wearing their own regalia, renting regalia, or purchasing regalia through the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Southern Miss. Please contact the bookstore at (601) 266-4381.

Hooding Professors
Information for faculty who will be hooding doctoral candidates will be provided by the Graduate School.

While Commencement ceremonies are celebrations for students and families, they are also ceremonial reminders of traditions of the academic institution, and faculty members have an important role.

Faculty Check-in and Lineup
Faculty are asked to report to the south entrance of the MS Coast Coliseum 45 minutes prior to the Spring commencement ceremony and will be grouped by college. Faculty members will process as a group; then later recess to exit the Coliseum. Please be reminded that personal items may not be secured in the Coliseum; thus, personal items are discouraged.

Faculty Processional
After the students and platform party have processed, all faculty will march in the Coliseum and be seated in designated faculty seats on coliseum floor. Comfortable shoes are encouraged since faculty will be standing during check-in/lineup and walking through the MS Coast Coliseum.  Faculty members who need special assistance should contact the Office of Disabilities Accommodations at (601) 266-5024 or email Office%20of%20Disabilities%20Accommodations.

Faculty Recessional
Faculty will be instructed to form a double line in the center aisle for the student recessional.

Faculty Regalia
Faculty participants are required to wear appropriate academic regalia. Faculty members have the option of wearing their own regalia, renting regalia, or purchasing regalia through the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Southern Miss Gulf Park. Please contact the bookstore at (228) 214-3479.

Hooding Professors
Information for faculty who will be hooding doctoral candidates will be provided by the Graduate School. 

HATTIESBURG CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS
Commencement is a special occasion for our institution and we want the University community to celebrate with the graduates and their guests.  The Commencement Team is asking for volunteers to take part in this memorable event on Commencement Day on the Hattiesburg campus.

Volunteers can sign up using our Commencement Volunteer Site to assist commencement staff the week of commencement or on commencement day. Volunteer staff and Floor Marshals are asked to wear solid white shirts and black bottoms along with their Southern Miss nametag (if applicable) to aid students and guests in identifying assistants. 

Faculty, staff and students in need of community service hours are encouraged to volunteer. Questions regarding volunteering can be directed to Dana%20Berry or our Graduation%20Listserv

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my diploma?
Please refer to the diploma distribution link above.
What size are the diplomas?
All diplomas are 8.5x11.
How do I reserve seating for commencement?
Students must RSVP using the RSVP online form.
If I'm a summer graduate, when do I walk? Students who graduate in the summer may walk in the Fall Commencement Ceremony.
How do I change my 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 submitted to your Dean's Office for processing.
How do I change my name on my diploma? How do I change where my diploma will be mailed to? The name that appears on the diploma is the official name the University currently has on file. Any attempt to change your name requires legal documentation and completion of the Change of Graduation Information Form. This form can also be used to update your diploma mailing address.
How do I ensure that my name is pronounced correctly at the commencement ceremony? To facilitate the reading of names at Commencement, name pronunciation for the Ceremony reader to review, you can phonetically spell your name at the top of your seating card. You will also have a brief moment before you cross the stage to whisper the pronunciation to the reader.
Will my diploma have my major listed on it?

Diplomas are 8.5x11 in size simply list your academic college and degree type. Diplomas do not include academic majors.

I will need to prove that I have a degree to a potential employer or another academic institution before diplomas are mailed out. How can I verify my degree?

Complete a verification of enrollment form.


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.

Will the ceremony be videotaped?

The Commencement ceremonies will be webcast live via the USM website. Southern Miss videos of Commencement are available for viewing at a later time via the Southern Miss YouTube channel.

How will you accommodate people with disabilities or special needs?

Special parking lots will be reserved for persons with disabilities or special needs that meet ADA guidelines.

Where will I park?

All university parking lots, unless otherwise marked, will be open to the public on the day of Commencement. See the parking map PDF detailing available parking areas on campus.

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.

What should I expect at the ceremony?

Due to limited floor capacity and length of ceremony, we will have two separate ceremonies by colleges, and we expect approximately 700 candidates at each ceremony. Graduation is an elective event for degree candidates; therefore, out of respect for others, all candidates are expected to remain in their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony. Concession stands will be open before and during the graduation exercises so that guests may purchase water and snacks.

Are there any items that are prohibited?

In order to be respectful of all guests and graduates, the following items are prohibited in the Coliseum.

  • Air horns or noise makers of any kind
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Balloons, banners or posters
  • e-Cigarettes or tobacco of any kind
    Weapons or sharp objects of any kind
Is there a processional or recessional?

All degree candidates will be seated on the coliseum floor in order of degree type with our highest degree earned seated closest to the stage. To begin the ceremonies, students and guests will be asked to stand for the platform & faculty processional. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, the platform party and the faculty will lead the candidates in a recessional exiting through the East and West tunnels. 

 

How will weather affect the Commencement schedule?

If it is raining or rain is forecast on Commencement day, students and guests should come prepared with appropriate rain gear. In the event of rain, umbrellas can be used to walk from the check-in location to the coliseum and left in the tunnel until the recessional. 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 you prearrange a meeting place with your family and guests in case the ceremony is canceled. Instructions and updates will be provided via the USM Website and through local media outlets.

 

 

Past Degrees Conferred

Spring 2019 
Fall 2018

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