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Faculty preparations

All full-time faculty are expected to participate in commencement unless excused by their school dean or department chair in the School of Medicine.


Orders for renting regalia are processed through each school or individual departments in the School of Medicine. Completed order forms must be returned by March 27, 2020, All three pieces - cap, gown and hood - are required.

Regalia should be picked up from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. If you cannot pick up your own regalia, please have someone pick it up for you. Regalia should be returned to the Bookstore personnel at the west end of the coliseum, or in the Blue room, immediately following the ceremony. You will need to return the name card included in the package with your regalia.

Women wear the mortarboard at all times; men wear it at all times except for prayer. Mortarboards sit straight on the head, not at an angle. The tassel hangs over the left front of the mortarboard.


Commencement is held at the Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Phone: (601) 961-4000. Transportation from parking areas to the front door will be available. A sign language interpreter and reserved seating for hearing impaired will be available.

Faculty robing and line-up area

Faculty should enter the coliseum using the midway (south) entrance and take a left to the robing and line up area at the west end corner. Faculty will enter the arena through coliseum exit marked BX in a single file with Guyton Professors first, followed by Nelson Order faculty and all remaining faculty, regardless of rank.

Faculty should be in the robing area by 9:30 a.m. Faculty who will be hooding students and seated on the platform must attend practice at 10 a.m. Thursday.