When is Commencement 2021?
The University of Mississippi 2021 Commencement exercises will be held April 29 – May 2, 2021. Morning convocation will be held on Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 a.m. in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. To view the 2021 Commencement ceremony schedule, see
When is Commencement 2020?
The University of Mississippi 2020 Commencement exercises will be held May 6 – 8, 2021. Morning convocation will be held on Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 a.m. in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. To view the 2020 Commencement ceremony schedule, see
Since Commencement is a ticketed event this year, how many tickets will I get? How will I receive tickets?
In order to keep our graduates and their families safe and in compliance with current government orders and public health guidance, each graduate will receive a certain allotment of tickets for their respective school or college ceremonies. Morning Convocation for Commencement 2020 and Commencement 2021 will not be ticketed. Ticket allotments for Commencement 2020 will be released in the near future and shared via email with graduates. View the ticket allotments for Commencement 2021 exercises here.
Are more tickets available than those allocated for each ceremony?
The number of allocated tickets for each ceremony has been determined based on public health guidance and proper social distancing, so we are unable to offer additional tickets for each graduate. Please note that we will be live-streaming all Commencement ceremonies, including morning Convocation, for both 2020 and 2021. More information about how to view these ceremonies will be shared in the coming weeks.
What if COVID restrictions are lifted before Commencement?
The university has developed its planning for Commencement 2020 and 2021 in compliance with current government orders and public health guidance. Venue capacities are subject to change dependent upon evolving COVID-19 restrictions and protocols.
How are you prioritizing the safety and health of graduates and their families during Commencement 2020 and Commencement 2021?
At this time, all COVID-19 protocols and procedures will be observed during Commencement 2020 and Commencement 2021 including wearing cloth face coverings and adhering to social distancing. Please visit this page to see a list of all COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
Will programs (such as the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, the Croft Institute for International Studies, Celebration of Achievement, etc.) be holding special ceremonies as they have in the past?
These programs will share more information with graduates and their families as details are finalized.
How do graduates order caps and gowns?
All caps and gowns should be ordered online.
How do I apply for graduation?
All students should apply for graduation via the myOleMiss portal. Please contact your respective school or college’s dean’s office with questions.
Who is a member of the Class of 2020?
Individuals whose degrees were conferred in December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020 are considered graduates of the Class of 2020. If you need to confirm which graduating class you are a member of, please contact the Office of Registrar (https://registrar.olemiss.edu/).
Who is a member of the Class of 2021?
Individuals whose degrees were conferred in December 2020 as well as May 2021 and August 2021 candidates are considered the Class of 2021. If you need to confirm which graduating class you are a member of, please contact the Office of Registrar (https://registrar.olemiss.edu/).
What is the deadline for the Class of 2020 to RSVP?
The 2020 Commencement RSVP is now closed. Please know that we will accommodate all who wish to participate in the ceremony. However, we ask that you please email your respective dean’s office to share your intention to participate so that we can include you in future communications about your ceremonies.
Does the Class of 2021 need to RSVP?
Graduates in the Class of 2021 do not need to RSVP for morning Convocation or any school or college ceremonies.
When will details be announced for college or school ceremonies with multiple parts?
If my college or school has two times listed for ceremonies, can I choose which time works best for me?
No. Due to limited capacities in accordance with public health guidance and government orders, each school and college will determine the graduates who should attend each event. That information will be updated on the school’s and college’s ceremony schedule (listed here for 2020 and here for 2021).
Where can I park? Will there be anywhere to eat on campus?
More information regarding parking and vendor availability for both ceremonies will be shared on commencement.olemiss.edu in the near future.
Can I attend the 2020 Commencement if I am unable to attend the 2021 Commencement? Or vice versa?
Please contact your respective college or school’s dean’s office.
Who must have a ticket to enter Commencement ceremonies?
All guests except for children 2 years and under and graduates are required to have a ticket to enter all Commencement ceremony venues. While they do not require a ticket to enter, children 2 and under will be required to sit in the lap of an adult once seated.
What guidance is the university following related to planning Commencement?
Currently, Gov. Tate Reeves’s Executive Order 1550 is in effect until April 30, 2021. Additionally, the university reviews and aligns parameters and protocols for university operations with the IHL Safe Start Task Force, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), and the American College Health Association (ACHA).