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Mississippi University for Women’s Summer 2021 Commencement Exercises

Mississippi University for Women’s Summer Commencement exercises will be held on July 30, 2021.

Degrees will be conferred in Rent Auditorium in Whitfield Hall on The W's campus.

Commencement FAQs

Key Reminders

  • As of right now, each graduate will receive four tickets. These tickets will be seated together in a pod. These pods will be been randomly assigned. Guests must sit in their assigned pod.
  • There will be no extra tickets. no general admission seating, no overflow seating, and no one (including infants and children) will be admitted without a ticket. There will be no additional venues open on campus.
  • The only regalia that students will be permitted to wear at Commencement is the regalia (caps, gowns, hoods) issued from the MUW bookstore and honor cords issued by the Registrar's Office. Students are not allowed to wear other cords, pins, medallions, sashes, etc. of sororities, fraternities, etc. Students are not allowed to decorate their mortar board (cap) in any way. 
  • Effective immediately, due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, masks will be required of ALL participants and their guests.

 

Commencement Ceremonies Schedule

All commencement plans are subject to change at any time due to health concerns and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies through your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email and through the commencement website.

 

Friday, July 30

Ticket
Distribution

Student
Line of March

Guests Arrive for
Ceremony

Ceremony
Begins

Martin Hall*

Martin Hall*

Whitfield Hall
(North Door)

Rent Auditorium
Whitfield Hall

Doors Open

Doors Close

College of Arts and Sciences /

College of Business and Professional Studies /

School of Education /

Department of Health and Kinesiology /

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

9:30 AM

10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Ceremony #1)

(Last names beginning in A - GL)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

12:15 PM

12:30 PM

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Ceremony #2)

(Last names beginning in GM - N)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

1:30 PM

2:15 PM

2:30 PM

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Ceremony #3)

(Last names beginning in O - Z)

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

3:30 PM

4:15 PM

4:30 PM

Tickets and Seating

The ceremony format and times for our summer commencement exercises are based on the number of graduates who indicate that they plan to participate. The number of participants per ceremony will be based on current health guidelines and the capacity limitations of Rent Auditorium on the MUW campus.

In order to keep our graduates and their guests safe, each graduate will receive four tickets for their conferral ceremony. A graduate’s four tickets will be seated together in consecutive seats as a group (i.e. pod) with physical distancing between pods.  The pods will be randomly assigned.

There are no extra tickets. Family and friends (including ALL children and infants) attending commencement MUST have an admission ticket. Ticket information will be forth coming. Tickets will be picked up prior to the ceremony according to the time and location that is announced. Students will also have an opportunity to go by the Alumni designated area to pick up their swag. This will need to be given to one of your ticketed visitors prior to the ceremony. The Alumni station will be on site prior to the ceremony.

Unused seats and rows will be roped off. Any tampering with barriers or signage will result in removal from the auditorium. Sitting outside one’s pod will result in removal from the auditorium.

Arrival and Departure

The processional line of march will be formed in Martin Hall. Students should arrive one hour prior to the conferral ceremony in which they have been assigned to participate.

Doors will open to guests 60 minutes prior to each ceremony.  Entry will be through the main (North) doors of Whitfield Hall.  As we will be maintaining a physically distanced line and guest check-in, guests should arrive as early as possible before the conferral ceremony in which their graduate has been assigned to participate. Doors will close 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and no additional guests will be allowed to enter.

Graduates and guests should depart Whitfield Hall through the side (East) door immediately after the ceremony, so the auditorium may be prepared for the next ceremony. The departure should be orderly and physical distancing should be maintained.

Please contact the Registrar's Office prior to the week of commencement for handicap access instructions. 

Public Health Measures

The conferral ceremonies will be livestreamed for family members and loved ones to enjoy at home or on a phone, tablet, or computer. Due to public health measures, there will be no facilities on campus open to view livestream broadcast.    

Effective immediately, due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, masks will be required of ALL participants and their guests.

 

 

 

 


PARKING

Commencement Parking*The parking lot adjacent to 15th Street and former Taylor and Kern Halls is under construction.

 


Special Events/Announcements

Caps/Gowns/Honor Cords

https://gradsupply.com/muw/

The only regalia that students will be permitted to wear at Commencement is the regalia (caps, gowns, hoods) issued from Barnes & Noble and honor cords issued by the Registrar's Office. You are not allowed to wear other cords, pins, medallions, sashes, etc. of sororities, fraternities, etc. You are not allowed to decorate your mortar board (cap) in any way.

Gold honor cords, for first bachelor degree students whose current cumulative and MUW grade point averages are 3.50 and above, will be distributed on the day of commencement at the ticket pickup location. Blue honor cords will be distributed to students with Departmental Honors. Honors read for commencement are based on current GPAs (at the conclusion of the fall semester). However, honors printed on diplomas and transcripts will be based on final calculations.

Diplomas

Diplomas for degrees awarded will be mailed once all degrees have been conferred.

 

 

Graduation Reminders

Transfer Credit

The deadline for submission of transfer work to the Office of the Registrar is August 13, 2021. Please notify faculty involved from other campuses of this deadline and request their assistance.  If an official transcript will not be available by this date, please notify the MUW Registrar's Office no later than August 13, 2021. Please note that transfer credit will be added to your MUW record and your degree will be posted only upon receipt of an official transcript. You will not graduate if official transcripts of grades are not received, and you must reapply for degree.

University Accounts

The deadline for candidates to clear University accounts is 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to Commencement. Offices included are University Accounting (Comptroller), Housing, Health Center, Library, Registrar, Student Affairs and Campus Police. Diplomas and/or transcripts will not be issued to candidates until all accounts are cleared.

 

Graduation FAQ

How many tickets will each graduate receive?

Each graduate will receive three tickets seated consecutively in a pod. All guests (including infants and children) must have a ticket. Due to physical distancing, there will be no overflow seating.

How do I get my tickets?

Ticket distribution for a ceremony will begin 2.5 hours prior to the beginning of that ceremony. Graduates may not pick up tickets earlier than this time. Ticket distribution for a ceremony will end one hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Graduates should bring their student ID, some other form of identification, or be prepared to share the 950 number. Only graduates will be allowed to enter the ticket distribution area.

I am eligible for graduation with honors - how will I receive my honor cords?

Honor cords will be distributed to eligible summer 2021 candidates when they pick up their tickets. Students who establish throughout their academic careers both an overall (includes MUW and any out-of-residence work) and an MUW grade point average between 3.50 and 3.79 graduate cum laude; those who establish a grade point average between 3.80 and 3.94 graduate magna cum laude; and those with a grade point average between 3.95 and 4.0 graduate summa cum laude. Only students earning their first baccalaureate degree are eligible for these honors. For the purpose of determining eligibility to wear honor cords, these grade point averages are determined at the end of the spring 2021 semester. These honors are subject to change based on the final grades at the conclusion of the summer 2021 semester.

How do I join the Line of March?

Graduates should arrive at Martin Hall one hour prior to their degree conferral ceremony to be placed in the Line of March.

May I decorate my cap or wear other cords?

Everyone in the line is to wear academic regalia. The only Academic Regalia students are permitted to wear at Commencement is the regalia (mortar boards, gowns, master’s hoods, and Latin honor cords) issued by the Office of the Registrar and purchased through Barnes and Noble (https://gradsupply.com/muw/). You are not allowed to wear cords, pins, medallions, sashes, etc. of honors societies, sororities, fraternities, etc. Tassels are placed on the right and remain until told to move them to the left. Mortar boards are not to be tilted on the head --- they belong right on top. Graduates should wear black shoes, and any clothing not covered by the gown should be dark in color. Mortar boards and all other elements of Academic Regalia may not be modified or decorated.

When should my guests arrive?

Doors to Rent Auditorium will open one-hour prior to the beginning of the degree conferral ceremony. They will be closed 15 minutes prior to the degree conferral ceremony. Guests should arrive to campus in time to park, meet their graduates to receive tickets from their graduates, and line up at Whitfield Auditorium.

What safety measures are in place for commencement?

Due to COVID-19, the following additional safety protocols will be in place:

  • Effective immediately, due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, masks will be required of ALL particpants and their guests.

  • Physical distancing: Ushers will assist guests to their assigned pods to ensure physical distancing. Graduates will be spaced apart to allow for practicable physical distancing.

  • Hand Sanitizer: Stations will be made available for the use of our graduates and guests.

Will I receive my diploma cover?

Yes, all graduates will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony. Degrees will be posted to transcripts and diplomas will be mailed later.

Can I bring an umbrella?

Yes. Although the ceremonies will take place indoors, there will be times when graduates and guests will be outdoors (e.g. moving from one location to another, standing in line). Graduates and guests are encouraged to be weather aware and take reasonable precautions to stay dry, if necessary.

Will there will be a faculty line of march?

Due to space limitations and to maximize the number of guests that can attend, there will be no faculty line of march. The members of our faculty are very proud of each graduate and their accomplishments and rest assured, many will be celebrating your great accomplishment through the livestream broadcast.

What is a Degree Conferral Ceremony?

At the Degree Conferral Ceremony, there will be very brief comments, but the primary focus will be on the student’s walk across the stage. We are anticipating that the ceremony will last approximately half the length of a traditional ceremony.

Will the Degree Conferral Ceremonies be livestreamed?

Yes, Degree Conferral Ceremonies will be livestreamed.