Commencement

The University of Mississippi

Graduates

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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 8 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.

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 10, 2014:

Accountancy — Lamar (Old Law School)
Applied Sciences — Farley Hall
Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) — Jackson Avenue 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

When do I need to order my 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 7, 2014, to avoid a late fee of $25.00.  Go by the Bookstore and place your order or send an email to graduation@olemiss.edu.  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:  April 23, 2014.

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 7, 2014, to avoid a late fee of $25.00.  Go by the Bookstore and place your order or send an email to graduation@olemiss.edu. The cost for the rental of your regalia is $80.25 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:  April 23, 2014.

Doctoral Degree Candidates: Be sure to order your commencement regalia (cap, gown, and hood) with the Ole Miss Bookstore no later than April 7, 2014, to avoid a late fee of $25.00.  Go by the Bookstore and place your order or send an email to graduation@olemiss.edu. The cost of rental for your regalia is $90.95 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:  April 23, 2014.

You may also order invitations through Herff-Jones, sponsor of the Grad Fair that will be held in the Student Union on March 18th, 19th and 20th.  The times of the Grad Fair will be:  Tuesday, 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00-4:00 p.m.  If you would like to order your invitations on line, the website is: www.herff-jones.com/college/graduation.

Law School Graduates:  Order your cap and gown at the law school on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 12:00 – 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 27 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.  You can also order during the main campus Grad Fair on March 18-20 in the student union.

Beginning April 8, a late fee of $25.00 is charged for all Commencement regalia orders.  The final day to order regalia is April 23, 2014.

Inclement Weather

In case of rain, the morning convocation ceremony will be moved to C. M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (If the weather is threatening, a decision on moving the ceremony indoors will be made by 8 a.m. and announced through media outlets and the UM website.

View a full FAQ page to find more answers to your questions.