All students must apply for graduation through the student portal in SAP. Contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information, or call (601) 984-1080.
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.
Graduates must assemble by 9 a.m. in the areas designated for each school. Before lining up, leave any personal items (suit coats, purses, cell phones or other electronic devices, etc.) with a family member or friend. There is no place to store personal items at the coliseum. The coliseum does not allow balloons or party items inside the coliseum. Marked seating for handicapped persons and one visitor is extremely 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.
Diplomas are printed with each student’s official name as recorded in the Registrar’s Office. This is also the name that will be announced at commencement. Diplomas should be picked up in the Red Room at the Coliseum immediately following the ceremony.Students who do not participate in Commencement can pick up their diploma in the Office of Student Records and Registrar on or after Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If you are unable to pick it up, the diploma can be mailed. If you wish to have your diploma mailed, you MUST submit a written request to the Office of Student Records and Registrar. Diplomas are not mailed without a written request from the student.
Student regalia is ordered through the Office of Student Records and Registrar and is based on the selection made on the graduation application. Contact the Office of Student Records and Registrar for more information at (601) 984-1080. Regalia should be picked up from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Student Union. Regalia should be returned to the Bookstore personnel at either the west end of the coliseum, or in the Blue Room, immediately following the ceremony. Return the name card included in the package with your regalia. Graduates cannot pick up diplomas until regalia is returned.Added decorations to robes or mortarboards will not be allowed under any circumstance.Honors cords denoting honors received while a student at UMMC may be worn at commencement. No honor cords, medals or stoles denoting honors, awards or memberships received outside UMMC should be worn. Contact your school for more information on honors.
The commencement ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. and should end shortly after 12 noon.
All candidates must wear appropriate apparel under the academic dress (women, wear dark dresses or slacks and dark shoes, no sandals; men wear dark slacks and dark shoes, no jeans, shorts or tennis shoes).
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 should hang over the left front of the mortarboard at all times.
Candidates should enter the coliseum through the Mississippi Street (main) entrance on the north side of the coliseum. Graduates must assemble by 9 a.m.
A commercial photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma and hood, as appropriate. A free color proof will be mailed approximately two weeks after graduation to the permanent address on file in the Office of Student Records and Registrar. You may order photographs from the proof at that time. If you do not wish to order, the proof is yours to keep.
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.
Graduates are asked to list their preferred hometown news media on commencement forms returned to the Registrar’s office. The Division of Public Affairs 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.
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