Graduation Preparation

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The spring 2016 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, June 10, 2016. Diplomas will be mailed to the degree address listed on your Graduation Application on Monday, June 20, 2016

Spring 2016 Commencement
Reed Green Coliseum

Ceremony Date and TimeCeremony Participants
Friday, May 13, 2016 10:00amCollege of Business
 College of Education and Psychology
 College of Health
 University Libraries (faculty will participate)
  
Friday, May 13, 2016 2:30pmCollege of Arts and Letters
 College of Nursing
 College of Science and Technology

Spring 2016 Graduation dates and fees

New degree application deadlines and fees

Graduate Application Deadlines and Fees

Congratulations! It is time to reap the rewards of your hard work and academic success by applying for graduation. Allow us to walk you through this process.

How to apply for graduation

Undergraduate students will complete the application form by logging into SOAR, navigating to the Student Center. 
Select Application for Graduation in the drop-down list of options under Academics.  After printing the Application for Graduation, follow the steps outlined below for your college.

College of Arts and Letters

College_of_Business

College_of_Education_Psychology

College_of_Health

College_of_Nursing

College of Science and Technolog

 

Graduate students should contact the Graduate School at 601-266-4369.

When to Apply for Graduation

Semester of Expected GraduationDeadline to Submit Application
Fall 2015Friday, July 24, 2015
Spring 2016Friday, November 6, 2015
Summer 2016Friday, April 01, 2016
Fall 2016Friday, July 01, 2016

Graduate Degree Candidates: Graduate candidates should confirm the application process via their Degree Auditor in the Graduate School at http://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/application-graduate-degreecertificate

 

 Undergraduate Graduation Application Deadlines and Fees

 

Seating information

Ceremony times and colleges

Ceremony Date and TimeCeremony Participants
Friday, May 13, 2016 10:00amCollege of Business
 College of Education and Psychology
 College of Health
 University Libraries (faculty will participate)
  
Friday, May 13, 2016 2:30pmCollege of Arts and Letters
 College of Nursing
 College of Science and Technology

Ceremony information

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 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.

 

Graduation Forms

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

  1. The way the name is to appear on the diploma
  2. The mailing address for the diploma
  3. To drop a second major or minor
  4. To add a minor

Change of Graduation Information form

 

On rare occasion 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 use the Commencement Ceremony Petition Form below.

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.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Petition

 

Graduation FAQs

When will I receive my diploma?

After the submission of final grades the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process. The spring 2016 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, June 10, 2016. Diplomas will be mailed to the degree address listed on your Graduation Application on Monday, June 20, 2016.

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/When do I know if I receive my degree?

After the submission of final grades the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process. The spring 2016 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, June 10, 2016. Diplomas will be mailed to the degree address listed on your Graduation Application on Monday, June 20, 2016.

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?

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. *There is a $30.00 fee for this process.

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.

Past Degrees Conferred

 

Graduation and Commencement Staff

FERPA and Graduation/Commencement