Graduation Preparation




All Summer 2018 graduates' names will be included in the Fall 2018 commencement program. Students must submit their Fall 2018 degree application to the Registrar’s Office by close of business on September 28 in order for their name to be included in the Fall 2018 commencement program. Students who submit their degree application after this deadline will not have their name appear in the commencement program.

The Fall 2018 degree clearance process will conclude on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Diplomas will be mailed to the degree address listed on your Graduation Application on Monday, February 11, 2019. Diplomas for all fall graduates will be shipped no later than this date. 


Fall 2018 Commencement at Reed Green Coliseum

Ceremony Date and Time

Ceremony Participants 

Friday, December 7, 2018 morning ceremony 9:00 a.m.  

College of Arts and Sciences

(formerly the Colleges of Arts & Letters and Science & Technology) 

College of Nursing and Health Professions 

(formerly College of Nursing/various programs from the College of Health)

Please see the attached listing of College of Health programs that are now housed in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Friday, December 7, 2018 afternoon ceremony 3:00 p.m.  

College of Business and Economic Development

(formerly College of Business) 

College of Education and Human Sciences

(formerly College of Education & Psychology/various programs from the College of Health)

Please see the attached listing of College of Health programs that are now housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences.



Graduation Application and Fees (PDF)

View the fee schedule for late applications. 


How to Apply for Graduation

Graduation applications can be filled out through your SOAR Student Center. Visit How to Apply for Graduation for step-by-step instructions.


Commencement Seating RSVP

This form is to reserve the seat for the candidates PARTICIPATING in the commencement ceremony. Guests do not reserve seats for attending.


Change of Graduation Information

Students will need to complete the Change of Graduation Information form in order to make changes in any of the following areas:

     •  The way the name is to appear on the diploma
     •  The mailing address for the diploma
     •  To drop a second major or minor
     •  To add a minor


Commencement Ceremony Petition

On rare occasions a student will request to participate in a ceremony for which he/she is not an actual degree candidate. These occasions are limited to instances of extenuating circumstances and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 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.


Ceremony Informational Site

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.


Name Pronunciation During the Ceremony

To facilitate the reading of names at Commencement, students may include the correct pronunciation of their name on the seating reservation form


Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our list of most frequently asked questions.


Past Degrees Conferred

     •  Fall 2017
     •  Spring 2018
     •  Summer 2018


Graduation and Commencement Staff


Graduation & FERPA