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Information for Family and Friends

Graduates are encouraged to include family and friends to celebrate this accomplishment with them.


Graduate products are available for purchase through the UMMC Bookstore. Invitations are available online only. Click here to order.


Commencement is held at the Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, MS 39202. Phone: 601-961-4000. Absolutely no balloons or party items are allowed inside the coliseum.

Graduation guests will be seated in the permanent seating which surrounds the arena floor. All guests should be in their seats by 9:50 a.m. Only degree candidates and faculty are seated on the arena floor. Elevators are located to the right when you enter through the main doors on the north side, Mississippi Street entrance – one just inside the front door and one a little further down the hall.

Marked seating for handicapped persons and one visitor is very limited. Please encourage your friends or family members who are unable to climb stairs or who use a wheelchair to come early. The coliseum does not provide wheelchairs. The coliseum is currently involved in a large construction project that affects the east side. Parking is limited in that area. Transportation from parking areas to the front door will be available. A sign language interpreter and reserved seating for hearing impaired will be available.


Several lodging venues are available in close proximity to the Mississippi Coliseum.


The commencement ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. and should end shortly after 12 noon. Candidate line up is as follows: Nursing, School of Health Related Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Population Health, School of Medicine, and School of Graduate Studies.


A commercial photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma and /or hood. A free color proof will be mailed approximately two weeks after graduation to the graduate’s permanent address on file in the Office of Enrollment Management.  

Additionally, from 7-8:45 a.m. ONLY, the photographer will be set up on the second floor concourse from the north entrance, to take studio prints of graduates (which can include family or friends). No reservations will be accepted. This is first-come, first-serve only. All photos will end promptly at 8:45 a.m.

News releases

Graduates are asked to list their preferred hometown news media on commencement forms returned to the Office of Enrollment Management. The Office of Communications and Marketing sends an electronic listing of graduates and degrees conferred to those news organizations, along with a link to photographs of graduates who chose to have them taken by UMMC prior to commencement. Graduates or their families wanting announcements in their local media outlet should contact the chosen news organization directly.