Commencement

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Information for Graduates

Prepare for commencement

All students must apply for graduation through the student portal in Workday. Contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information, or call (601) 984-1080.

Announcements

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

Location

Commencement is held at the Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Phone: 601-961-4000. Graduates must assemble by 9:30 a.m. in the Trade Mart 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.

Diplomas

Diplomas are printed with each student’s official name as recorded in the Office of Enrollment Management. This is also the name that will be announced at commencement. Diplomas can be picked up in the Trade Mart at the Diploma station immediately following the ceremony.

Students who do not participate in Commencement can pick up their diploma in the Office of Enrollment Management on or after Monday, June 6, 2022. To have your diploma mailed, you MUST submit a written request to the Office of Enrollment Management. Diplomas are not mailed without a written request from the student.

Regalia

Student regalia is ordered through the Office of Enrollment Management and is based on the student’s selection from the graduation application. Contact Lauren Nichols at lnichols3@umc.edu for more information. Regalia should be picked up in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union on Wednesday, May 25 or Thursday, May 26 from 10 a.m.-4:00 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. 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.

Event

The commencement ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. and should end shortly after 12 noon.

Candidate appearance

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.

Candidate line-up

Candidates should enter the Trade Mart through the Mississippi Street (main) entrance on the north side of the coliseum. Graduates must assemble by 9:30 a.m.

Candidate procession

  • School of Nursing candidates   
  • School of Health Related Profession candidates
  • School of Dentistry candidates 
  • School of Population Health candidates
  • School of Medicine candidates
  • School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences candidate
  • MD/PhD candidates
Graduate seating diagram

Photographs

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 permanent address on file in the Office of Enrollment Management. 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 7-9 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 9 a.m.

News releases

The Office of Enrollment Management provides to the Office of Communications and Marketing an electronic spreadsheet listing all graduates, their degrees conferred and their cities of residence. The Office of Communications and Marketing disseminates that spreadsheet, and a link to photographs of students who chose to have them taken prior to commencement, to media via a news release on commencement day. Graduates or their families wanting announcements in their local media outlet should contact the chosen news organization directly.

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