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Graduation Preparation

Programs In ChairGeneral 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.

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.

General Diploma Information 

The Fall 2020 degree clearance process will conclude on  Friday, January 29, 2021. 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, February 15, 2021. Diplomas for all fall graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

The Spring 2021 degree clearance process will conclude on Tuesday, June 1. 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, June 24, 2021. Diplomas for all spring graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

2020-2021 Commencement Schedule

Update - March 25, 2021

  Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies have tentatively been rescheduled for the following dates. Please note these plans are subject to change, pending future public health guidance as COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve.

Monday, May 3, 2021 
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 7:00 p.m.
Undergraduates in the College of Nursing and Health Professions


Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 7:00 p.m.
Undergraduates in the College of Education and Human Sciences


Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 1:00 p.m.
All Doctoral and Master of Fine Arts Students

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 7:00 p.m. 
All Specialists and Master's Students


Thursday, May 6, 2021
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 7:00 p.m.
Undergraduates in the College of Business and Economic Development


Friday, May 7, 2021
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 9:00 a.m. 
Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences:
Schools of Communication, Humanities,
Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development, 
Music, Performing and Visual Arts and 
Social Science and Global Studies

Friday, May 7, 2021
Bernard Reed Green Coliseum | 3:00 p.m. 
Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences:
Schools of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences,
Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering, 
Construction and Design, 
Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security, 
Mathematics and Natural Sciences, 
Ocean Science and Engineering and
 Polymer Science and Engineering

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021 
MS Coast Coliseum, Biloxi MS | 3:00 p.m.
All Coast-based Undergraduate and Graduate Students

 

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COVID-19 Commencement Information for Spring 2021

All students and guests must follow these guidelines while attending the Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies May 3-8, 2021:

PHYSICAL DISTANCING 

  • Practice physical (social) distancing by staying at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Designated guest seating areas will be clearly marked throughout the coliseum. Guests are not allowed on the coliseum floor with students before, during or after the ceremonies.
  • Student seating will be pre-set on the coliseum floor with proper distancing. Once students enter the coliseum, they will be directed where to sit. Students are not allowed to move their chairs.

FACE COVERINGS

  • Students and guests are required to wear face coverings for all ceremonies. 
  • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth and should fit snug against the sides of the face with no gaps.

TICKETS

  • Tickets will be required for entry into each ceremony. Each student will have the opportunity to claim three (3) digital tickets to distribute to their guests. Any children age 3 and above will be required to have a ticket.  
  • Students must claim their tickets between April 1 and April 23, 2021. Students who do not follow the steps below to claim their tickets by 5 p.m. on April 23 will lose their tickets and will not have an opportunity to claim guest tickets.
    • Tickets will be distributed digitally through the Athletics Department. In order for students to claim their tickets, they must be registered through the Southern Miss Athletics portal.
    • Students who are not already registered should visit the Southern Miss Athletics portal and follow the step-by-step guide on how to register your account.
    • Beginning April 1, students should follow the step-by-step guide on how to claim tickets.
    • There will be strict adherence to this April 23rd deadline, so please be sure to claim your tickets by the deadline.
  • Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live for families and friends who are not able to attend in person.
 

ONLINE Cap and Gown Ordering deadline has passed. 
Caps and gowns may be ordered in store at Barnes and Noble on both campuses April 21 - April 23, 2021 from 9am - 4pm.
 
 
*Undergraduate Degree Candidates: Please review commencement seat reservation deadlines here.
*Graduate Degree Candidates: 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.

 Should you receive an error message while attempting to complete an   application, be sure to update us by completing a Graduation Application Troubleshooting form

  • Click Print Application Form which will generate a PDF file in your browser for you to download and save as a PDF file to your computer. 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.
  • Select the “Fill & Sign” tool from Tools in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign your degree application. Save your PDF using the following format W+StudentID+Semester. For example: If Seymour is graduating in the Fall, the file name would be W970192Fall. Keep a copy of this on your own computer or cloud account. 
  • Email the PDF file with your signature to your academic advisor. You can find who your academic advisor is in your SOAR account under the Advisors and Mentors tab. If you have difficulties locating your advisor, please contact the Advising Center. DO NOT submit your PDF to the Advising Center.
  • Do not worry about the initials requested on page 2 of the degree application. Your advisor will reach out to you and work with you on those items.
  • Once your application is approved & signed by your advisor, your advisor will be responsible for forwarding your application 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 via email.

DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINES

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

*Undergraduate Degree Candidates: review additional information regarding degree application deadlines here.

*Graduate Degree Candidates: 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

Should you receive an error message while attempting to complete an application, be sure to update us by completing a Graduation Application Troubleshooting form.

 

Candidates

 

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 Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony must reserve a seat. Candidates may reserve a seat free of charge from January 20,2021  through March 31, 2021. Requests for seating after March 31, 2021  will incur a $100 late seating fee. Requests for seating after April 16, 2021 will not be honored and those students will not be allowed to participate in the Spring 2021 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 Friday, February 26, 2021 for printing purposes. Any student who submits a late degree application after this 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.

Spring 2021 1:00 p.m. Ceremony – Graduate School

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Doctoral and Master of Fine Arts Payne Center Gym 12:00pm
Doctoral & MFA  Hooding Professors Payne Center Gym 12:00 p.m.

 

Spring 2021 7:00 p.m. Ceremony – Graduate School

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Specialists and Master's Payne Center Gym 5:15 p.m.

 

Spring 2021 7:00 p.m. Ceremonies - Colleges of Business & Economic Development, Education & Human Sciences and Nursing & Health Professions

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Baccalaureate Candidates Payne Center Gym 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Spring 2021 9:00 a.m. Ceremony - College of Arts and Sciences

STUDENTS LOCATION CHECK-IN
Baccalaureate Candidates Payne Center Gym 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

 

Spring 2021 3:00 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 and gowns. Name cards will be issued by the commencement staff at the Payne Center during check-in.

MASTERS/SPECIALISTS
Candidates should check in with their caps, gowns, hoods. Name cards will be issued by the commencement staff at the Payne Center during check-in.

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, students will be seated on the coliseum floor prior to the start of the ceremony.  Students and guests will be asked to stand for the platform processional.

To begin the Gulf Coast ceremony, 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 processional.

Following both ceremonies, the platform party 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.  

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.

REGALIA ORDERING
Caps and gowns may be ordered online through March 21, 2021 with Graduate Supply House, Inc.  A $25 late fee will apply beginning March 22, 2021. The deadline to order your cap & gown for the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony is April 5 (date subject to change). Students are allowed to keep their regalia (cap, gown and tassel) after their ceremony and have the option to pick up in store or have items shipped to them.

·       Undergraduate Regalia – $53.48 incl. tax (includes cap, gown, and tassel)

·       Master’s & Specialists – $106.98 incl. tax (includes cap, gown, hood and tassel)

·       Doctoral – $74.88 incl. tax (includes cap, gown, and tassel)

o   Graduate School provides Doctoral hoods for their degree candidates.

Caps and gowns may also be ordered in store at Barnes and Noble on both campuses starting February 1, 2021.

MASTER'S AND SPECIALISTS HOODS
Master's and Specialists hoods are purchased from Graduate Supply House, Inc. Click here to view the various academic hood colors (disciplines) so that you may choose the appropriate hood color to order.

DOCTORAL HOODS
Doctoral students should not 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 regalia is yours to keep. Seating cards for doctoral students will be distributed at check in by the Graduate School on the day of commencement.

CAP & GOWN PICK UP
Caps and gowns ordered online will be shipped to the address you provide.

Caps and gowns ordered at the Hattiesburg Barnes & Noble Bookstore can be picked up at the Barnes & Noble Southern Miss Bookstore in the Thad Cochran Center from Wednesday, April 21 – Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please contact the Hattiesburg Campus Bookstore starting April 26, 2021 to arrange a pick up time if you are unable to attend during the designated pick up dates. 

Caps and gowns ordered at the Gulf Coast campus can be picked up at the Barnes & Noble Southern Miss Bookstore in Hardy Hall from Wednesday, April 21 – Thursday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  and Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Please contact the Gulf Park Campus Bookstore starting April 26, 2021 to arrange a pick up time if you are unable to attend during the designated pick-up dates.

Hattiesburg Barnes and Noble    (601) 266-4381
Gulf Park Barnes and Noble        (228) 214-3479

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


VENDORS FOR DOCTORAL REGALIA 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 Fall 2020 degree clearance process will conclude on  Friday, January 29, 2021. 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, February 15, 2021. Diplomas for all fall graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

The Spring 2021 degree clearance process will conclude on a date June 1. 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, June 24, 2021. Diplomas for all spring graduates will be shipped no later than this date.

The Summer 2021 degree clearance process will conclude on a date TBD. 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 a date TBD. Diplomas for all summer 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.

 

Andrew Mott, Fall 2019

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

Elizabeth Cobbins, Senior Degree Auditor
Email: Elizabeth.CobbinsFREEMississippi | 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

Brittney Hawkins Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Brittney.M.HawkinsFREEMississippi | 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
Denise Crozier, Degree Progress Specialist
E-Mail: Denise.CrozierFREEMississippi | 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.

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. The Office for Disability Accommodations will coordinate with the Office of the University Registrar to ensure that all students requiring special assistance are provided with the assistance needed.

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

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?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, tickets will be required for the Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will receive three tickets. 

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 the impact of COVID-19, limited floor capacity and length of ceremony, we will have 7 separate ceremonies by colleges at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg and an additional ceremony for all Coast-based undergraduate and graduate students at the MS Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. We expect approximately 350 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. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, the platform party 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

Fall 2020

Summer 2020

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Summer 2019

Spring 2019 


Commencement Photos

Fall 2019 commencement photos capture by LifeTouch Photography. 

 

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