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Office of the Registrar

Graduation Preparation




Students must submit their Spring 2019 degree application to the Registrar’s Office by close of business on March 1, 2019 in order for their name to be included in the Spring 2019 commencement program. Students who submit their degree application after this deadline will not have their name appear in the commencement program.

The Spring 2019 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, June 14, 2019. Diplomas 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 1, 2019. Diplomas for all spring graduates will be shipped no later than this date.


Spring 2019 Commencement at Reed Green Coliseum

Ceremony Date and Time

Ceremony Participants 

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Graduate School

(Doctoral, Specialists, Master's degree candidates)

Friday, May 10, 2019 morning ceremony 9:00 a.m.

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Undergraduate degree candidates

Friday, May 10, 2019 afternoon ceremony 2:00 p.m.

College of Business and Economic Development
College of Education and Human Sciences

Undergraduate degree candidates

Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Gulf Park

All degree candidates from all Colleges


Graduation Application Deadlines 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.

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