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Information for Faculty

Faculty preparations

All full-time faculty are strongly encouraged 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 31, 2023, All three pieces - cap or tam, gown, and hood - are required.

Regalia should be picked up in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union on Thursday, May 25 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you cannot pick up your own regalia, please have someone pick it up for you. Regalia should be returned to the Bookstore personnel in the Trade Mart immediately following the ceremony.

Mortarboards sit straight on the head, not at an angle. Wear the tam horizontally so that it is parallel to the ground and sits about an inch above the ears. The tassel should hang over the left front of the mortarboard or tam at all times.


Commencement is held at the Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Phone: (601) 961-4000.

Directions to Coliseum

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 in a single file with Guyton Professors first, followed by Nelson Order faculty and all remaining faculty, regardless of rank.

The platform party, including members of the Board of Trustees and all hooders, will robe and line up in the Trade Mart in a marked designated area. Anyone seated on the platform MUST come to practice at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 26.