Frequently Asked Questions
Most popular questions:
What is the difference between morning convocation and the individual school ceremonies?
The university’s Commencement ceremonies are divided into two parts: the morning convocation and the individual school ceremonies. Graduates and their families are strongly encouraged to attend both.
The morning convocation, set for 9:00 a.m. in the Grove, is the campus-wide celebration of graduation. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, march into the Grove behind the banners of the university’s respective schools and the College of Liberal Arts for a ceremony that includes university awards and the main commencement speaker. At this ceremony, the chancellor confers authority to present diplomas to the individual schools.
At the school ceremonies, which take place throughout the rest of the day in various locations across campus, the College of Liberal Arts and individual schools present their own awards and recognize each graduate individually. It is at these ceremonies that each graduate’s name is called, and he or she is presented with a diploma cover.
Diplomas will be mailed June or July (May graduates) and September (August graduates) for insertion into the diploma cover received at Commencement.
Where and when can I pick up my cap and gown?
Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Student Union Ballroom)
Saturday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 a.m. (Student Union Ballroom)
If you are graduating with Latin honors: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude, you must order your honors cord at the bookstore. If unsure where to pick up items from your academic college/school, contact the Dean’s Office.
What is the estimated length of time for the ceremony?
Typically, each ceremony will last between one hour to one-and-a half hours.
What correspondence will candidates for graduation receive from the university?
Each candidate for graduation, along with his or her families, will receive formal invitations, parking maps and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that are sent to the address on file with the Registrar’s Office. The mailings begin the week of March 21, 2016. Individual college and schools may also send information to you and your families. Please check with your Dean’s Office about additional communication. Also, we encourage candidates and their families to check the Commencement website weekly. Frequent updates are posted.
Things to Remember
Make sure you have your name card/reader card with you
Reader cards are distributed by each school/college. Please refer to your dean’s office for this process.
- The reader card is used by the reader/announcer as you walk across the stage. It is the only way anyone will know who you are. Graduate’s names are NOT read from a list.
Don’t forget to return your gown
- There will be a covered truck and/or boxes for depositing your caps and gowns as you exit the ceremony facility
All degree candidates must wear academic regalia (caps and gowns) to Commencement morning convocation. Regalia may be ordered through the Ole Miss Bookstore for distribution in May. Degree candidates will receive ordering instructions from the Registrar’s Office.
In order to distinguish degree candidates and graduates, it is tradition for the individual to wear the color associated with his or her field of study. These colors are displayed on doctor’s gown, edging of hoods and tassels on caps. Listed are the traditional color assignments for the various academic disciplines. Due to the university’s new fields of study, General Studies and Journalism/Integrated Marketing Communications have been added to the list.
Tickets and Seating
There is not a limit to the number of friends, family members and guests that may attend convocation. Tickets are not required to attend the morning convocation , and seating is designated around the students and faculty. Only graduating students and faculty have reserved seats.
Tickets are required for the following ceremonies: The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College–held on Friday, and Patterson School of Accounting and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media held on Saturday at the Ford Center.
If any guests need accommodations because of mobility, hearing or other physical issues, you are encouraged to contact the University and Public Events office at 662-915-5203 or Christine Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Department of Parking and Transportation at 662-915-7235.
Frequently Requested Phone Numbers
University and Public Events: Christine Wallace: 662-915-5203 or
University Police Department: 662-915-7234 or email@example.com
Department of Parking and Transportation Services: 662-915-7235
Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce
(Lodging and Restaurant Information)
Ole Miss Traffic Information
Information will be posted weekly to http://www.olemiss.edu/beautiful
Emergency Medical Assistance Services (EMS)
a) EMS and ambulance services will be available at the UPD area of the Welcome Center on University Avenue for Convocation and for remainder of the day. We will also have EMS at all venues.
b) All information booths and ceremony venues will have basic first-aid kits.
c) Calling 911 in an emergency is also an option.
Information booths and shuttle stops will be staffed by student leaders and campus colleagues; all are extremely familiar with campus. They can assist with shuttle inquiries, maps and driving directions, University Police communication and general first-aid supplies. Each information booth will have complimentary water available. We thank you in advance for using the appropriate waste receptacles to discard paper cups and plastic bottles after use. Student leaders or personnel at the information booths can assist with locating lost-and-found items.
Information booths will be located at:
- At the entrance of the new parking garage on Hill Drive
* Designated as ADA parking for Commencement guests
- In the Grove
- At the entrance of Coliseum Building
- At the south side of Manning Center
- At the Ford Center
- At the intersection of West Road and Fraternity Row
- Rebel Drive/Fraternity Row Intersection
- Student Union Drive/Rebel Drive Intersection
- University Avenue/University Place
- University Avenue/University Place
*Official University Police Department (UPD) tent with shuttle and EMS services will be located at Welcome Center, Coliseum and Parking Garage.
- Entrance of the parking garage on Hill Drive
- Welcome Center
- Triplett Alumni Center
- Entrance of the Coliseum
- South Side of the Manning Center
- Ford Center
In the event of inclement weather, a decision to move the ceremony will be made by Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m. If moved, the morning Commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. at The Pavilion, and there will NOT be a processional.
Platform party members should report to The Pavilion media area. All attendees (faculty, staff, graduates and families) should report to The Pavilion.
Graduates should sit with their families and should be seated in the chairs on The Pavilion floor. Once the chairs on the floor are full, graduates and their families may sit in the remaining available seating within The Pavilion.
Faculty will sit in section 114.
How will the university announce implementation of the inclement weather plan?
- A RebAlert text message will be sent to those who have registered their cell phone numbers.(Students, faculty, and staff may add or update their cell phone contact information in myolemiss.edu.)
- A link to the information will be posted as a banner on the UM website.
- The information will be posted on the UM Emergency Website
- It will be sent out via Twitter (@RebAlert).
- It will be sent out via an App Alert for those with notifications activated on their mobile device using the Ole Miss App.
- A blast email will be sent to students, faculty and staff.
- Signs will be posted on the Grove stage.
- You may call 662-915-1040 to hear a recorded message.
What about the individual school and college ceremonies?
If the Grove commencement ceremony is moved to The Pavilion because of inclement weather, all other school or college commencement ceremonies throughout the day will also take place at the rain locations.
On-Campus Refreshment Options
The Inn at Ole Miss
The Inn at Ole Miss will offer two seatings: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations ARE required. For reservations, please call the Alumni Office at 662-915-7375 or make one online. Brunch pricing is as follows:
Adults: $21.99 per person
Children 6-12: $13.99 per person
Children 5 and under: complimentary no charge
Carved Steamship Round, Shrimp & Grits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Slow Cooked Beef Brisket, Sliced Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Mustard, Blackened Catfish with Mango Chutney, Sweet & Sour Green Beans, Cream Corn, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Breakfast Strata with Roasted Red Pepper, Asparagus, & Goat Cheese, Cheese Grit Souffle, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sausage Patties, Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Pancakes, Omelet Station, Fresh Fruit Display, Salad Bar, Smoked Salmon Display with Cream Cheese & Capers, and Dessert Station
*Alcoholic beverages are not available at the brunch. Cancellation policy may be in effect.
Student Union Building
The following establishments will be open in the Student Union on Saturday, May 14. Cash, Rebel Card, and credit and debit cards accepted for payment.
- Chick-Fil-A 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Panda Express 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Qdoba 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The following establishments will be open in The Pavilion on Saturday, May 14.
- Steak N’ Shake 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Raising Canes 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Grill at 1810
Open to the public 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Two complimentary water stations will be available in the Grove. In addition, the 12 information booths will have complimentary water available.
Early Morning Coffee, Water and Soda
In addition to the refreshment options listed above, Ole Miss Catering will offer coffee, hot tea, water and soda in the Student Union.
Restroom Access/Facilities on Campus
In addition to the ceremony facilities, the following buildings and restrooms will be available to our guests during Commencement:
Invitations can be coordinated with Herff-Jones at www.herff-jones.com/college/graduation. In addition, invitations can be ordered and purchased through University Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org. The generic A6 or A7 invitations are $1 per set (includes blank envelope). Personalized A6 or A7 invitations are $1, with a $60 set-up charge. The optional personalized inside cards can be ordered in quantities of 25 ($17), 50 ($20), 75 ($23) or 100 ($25). Layout and Pricing.
A professional photographer will take photographs of all degree candidates as each candidate receives his or her diploma cover. Proofs will be emailed to each graduate’s Ole Miss email account by the photography vendor, GradImages.
Student Line-up Locations for Convocation
Students march to the convocation with their college/school peers. Please report to the location indicated below for your degree program no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016:
Accountancy — Lamar (Old Law School)
Applied Sciences — Farley Hall
Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) — Natural Products Center/Thad Cochran Research Center
Business — Union Plaza
Doctoral Candidates — Faser Hall
Education — Natural Products Center/Thad Cochran Research Center
Engineering — Lamar (Old Law School)
Journalism — Farley Hall
Law — E.F. Yerby Center
Liberal Arts — Ventress Hall
Pharmacy — E.F. Yerby Center
Ordering Your Cap and Gown
Bachelor’s Degree Candidates: Be sure to order your commencement regalia (cap and gown) with the Ole Miss Bookstore no later than April 16, 2016. Beginning April 18, 2016, a late fee of $50 is assessed. Go by the Bookstore and place your order or send an email to email@example.com. The cost for the rental of your regalia is $48.15 which includes tax. If you order by email, please include your name, height, chest size, degree information, debit/credit card number and the expiration date. The Bookstore will not take credit card information over the phone. Final order date: May 6, 2016. Late fee assessed. If you are a Regional Campus Student, please make sure you let the Bookstore know what campus you will pick up your regalia. If the campus information is not stated, the regalia will be at the Ole Miss campus.
Master’s/Specialist’s Degree Candidates: Be sure to order your commencement regalia (cap, gown, and hood) with the Ole Miss Bookstore no later than April 16, 2016. Beginning April 18, 2016, a late fee of $50 is assessed. Go by the Bookstore and place your order or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for the rental of your regalia is $88.65 which includes tax. If you order by email, please include your name, height, chest size, degree information, debit/credit card number and the expiration date. The Bookstore will not take credit card information over the phone. Final order date: May 6, 2016. Late fee assessed. If you are a Regional Campus Student, please make sure you let the Bookstore know what campus you will pick up your regalia. If the campus information is not stated, the regalia will be at the Ole Miss campus.
Doctoral Degree Candidates: Be sure to order your commencement regalia (cap, gown, and hood) with the Ole Miss Bookstore no later than April 16, 2016. Beginning April 18, 2016, a late fee of $50 is assessed. Go by the Bookstore and place your order or send an email to email@example.com. The cost of rental for your regalia is $96.30 which includes tax. If you order by email, please include your name, height, chest size, degree information, debit/credit card number and expiration date. The Bookstore will not take credit card information over the phone. Final order date: May 6, 2016. Late fee assessed. If you are a Regional Campus Student, please make sure you let the Bookstore know what campus you will pick up your regalia. If the campus information is not stated, the regalia will be at the Ole Miss campus.
Law School Graduates: Order your cap and gown at the law school on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 26 from 9:00 – noon. You can also order during the main campus Grad Fair on March 8-10 in the student union.
Beginning April 18, 2016, a late fee of $50.00 is charged for all Commencement regalia orders. The final day to order regalia is May 6, 2016.
You may also order invitations through Herff-Jones, sponsor of the Grad Fair that will be held in the Student Union on March 8-10. The times of the Grad Fair will be: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you would like to order your invitations online, the website is: www.herffjones.com/our-products/graduation/graduation.