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All degree candidates must wear academic regalia (caps and gowns) to the 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.
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 a.m. in the Grove, is the campuswide 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 for insertion into the diploma cover.
Where and when to pick up cap and gown?
Wednesday, May 7 through Friday, May 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Union Ballroom)
Saturday, May 10, 8-9 a.m. (Union Ballroom)
If you are graduating with honors: summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude, your academic college/school will have your honors cords. Please pick them up from your academic college/school. If unsure where to pick up items from your academic college/school, contact the Dean’s Office.
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