Graduate School Commencement

Graduate School Commencement Exercises
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Gilliam Concert Hall of Murphy Fine Arts Center

Congratulations, Prospective Graduate

Preparations are now underway for the May 2017 Commencement Exercises for Morgan State University on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Graduate Exercises for graduate students will begin at 9:30 a.m. We are providing this important information to help make your Commencement an enjoyable and memorable one. Please review the material and share appropriate portions of it with family and expected guests. We are looking forward to seeing you on May 18, 2017. We wish you a happy day; you have earned it!


Guest Admit Tickets Required

Guests attending the Graduate School Commencement Exercises are required to have Guest Admit Tickets. Each graduate student who is certified for graduation will be given six (6) Guest Admit Tickets to distribute to their guests. Those Guest Admit Tickets will be issued at the end of Rehearsal on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.   Guest must present those Guest Admit Tickets for scanning in order to be admitted to Gilliam Concert Hall for the exercises. Ticket scanning provides the University with quick and accurate attendance figures and controls fraudulent, duplicate, or invalid tickets from entering the Concert Hall.

These Guest Admit Tickets are valid only for the Graduate School Commencement Exercises on that date. They are not valid for the Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Guests without Guest Admit Tickets may view the Exercises at satellite locations in Murphy Fine Arts Center and the University Student Center. No Guest Admit Tickets are required at the satellite locations.



As announced previously, the deadline for applying for May 2017 Graduation was February 24, 2017. Students should file for graduation online, as instructed by the email sent to them by the Registrar.

If students applied for December 2016 Graduation but did not meet the requirements to graduate, they should not reapply in Websis, as they will be charged the Graduation Fee again. Students should contact the Office of Records and Registration via and request that their application be moved forward to the next date of expected graduation.


The policy of Morgan State University is that only persons who have applied for graduation by the published deadline and have completed ALL academic and financial requirements for graduation may participate in the Commencement Exercises. There are no exceptions to this rule! In addition, participation in the Commencement Exercises, receipt of gradua­tion invitations, the appearance of names in the printed program, or receipt of this infor­mation packet will not be considered evidence of graduation.


Generic graduation announcements will be available in the Morgan Bookstore beginning March 30, 2017, at a cost of $19.98 for a package of ten. (NOTE: Packages will not be broken.) Personalized announcements are available at 1-800-854-7464 or via the web site at

Academic regalia is sold in sets only which include the cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Distribution of undergraduate and master’s regalia will begin during the Spring 2017 Grad Fest; the Bookstore’s appreciation event for all graduates. GradFest will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 and Friday, March 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A picture ID will be required for pick-up of caps & gowns.

All doctoral candidates must provide cap and gown measurements for academic regalia to the University Store by Friday, March 3, 2017. Please call or visit the store at 443-885-3075 for additional details.

Please make sure that you are dressed in the NEW Sesquicentennial regalia which included a blue gown.

The Morgan Bookstore will be open during undergraduate Rehearsal Day, Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A class ring representative will also be available during Rehearsal from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Morgan Bookstore will be open on Commencement Day, Saturday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

For additional questions about academic regalia or announcements, please contact the University Store directly by email at or by telephone at 443-885-3075.


Please click here to make your appointment.


The Graduation Fee for all candidates is $75.00. Students’ TOTAL accounts, including any tuition, fees, and fines, MUST be settled in full on or before April 10, 2017. All pay­ments accepted are cash, certified check, credit card, or money order—no personal checks. If any charges are reported to the Bursar’s Office, Montebello 124A, after April 10, 2017, students will be notified that payment must be made immediately. Students should make certified checks or money orders for the amount due payable to Morgan State University. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. If additional information is needed, call the Bursar at: 443-885-3108.


Final examinations for graduating seniors and graduate students will be given May 1- May 6-2017. Students who have not met all academic requirements by May 18, 2017 will not be certified in time for graduation.


Only students who have been officially certified for graduation by the Office of Records and Registration may participate in the Commencement Exercises. 

Two steps toward participating in May 2017 Commencement: Once all requirements for the degree have been met, there are two final steps toward participating in the May 2017 Commencement Exercises:

1. determining that you have been officially certified academically for graduation and
2. picking up your certification card/permit and other materials to participate in graduation.

Step 1: Official Notification of Certification

The Office of Records and Registration will certify students academically for graduation and grant them permission to participate in the Commencement Exercises. The Office will notify students of their certification via email. No certifications will take place on the day of Rehearsal or the day of Commencement.

Determining Requirements for Graduation Not Met: If students are informed by the Office of Records and Registration that they have not been certified for graduation, they should report immediately to their academic program to determine what requirements remain unfulfilled, at the following locations, before May 18, 2017:

The School of Graduate Studies – McKeldin Center, Room 310

Step 2: Picking up Certification, Guest Admit Tickets and Other Material at Rehearsal

Once students have determined that they have been certified to graduate and to participate in the Commencement Exercises, they are authorized to attend Graduation Rehearsal.

All graduating students must attend the Graduation Rehearsal

Rehearsal for graduate students (those receiving the doctorate and the master’s degree) will be at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Murphy Fine Arts Center.  Light fare, beginning 4 pm prior to the start of rehearsal.

At the end of Rehearsal, after posing for the Class Photo, students will report to the designated locations for their college/school to pick up their Certification Cards, Guest Admit Tickets and Verification of Participation Card.

Certification Cards: Each student will be issued one (1) Certification Card. Only that student may use the Certification Card issued to participate in Graduation Exercises on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  The Certification Card will bear the stu­dent’s name and discipline (and honors, if earned) and a special code that prevents duplication of the card. Once the student receives the card, he/she should secure it in a safe place. A student cannot be admitted to participate in the Graduation Exercises on Saturday without the Certification Card.


All students who have been certified for graduation MUST attend and participate in the Graduation Rehearsal. They should report for Rehearsal promptly at the following times and locations:

Graduate Degree (Doctorate and Master’s Degree) Recipients: Candidates for the doctorate and the master’s degree will rehearse on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Murphy Fine Arts Center.

Students will be instructed by the Chief Marshal, Associate Marshals and Deans on proto­col and procedures for being awarded the degree and about conduct during the Commencement Exercises.

Students must bring their caps, gowns and hoods to the rehearsal


Immediately following graduation rehearsals for graduate students at 5:00 p.m. in Murphy Fine Arts, graduates will pose for the official Class of May 2017 photographs. For this purpose, students must bring their caps, gowns and hoods and must be dressed in appropriate attire for posing for the Class Photo after the rehearsal. Proper attire includes white shirt and tie and dress shoes for gentlemen and appropriate collar and dress shoes for ladies.



All graduates must wear the cap, gown, and hood prescribed by the University and pur­chased at the Morgan Bookstore. All graduates should wear dark clothing and jewelry that will not interfere with hooding. All graduates should wear proper attire. ROTC cadets who are commissioned in May will wear Dress Blues. Graduation attire should not be re­moved at any point during the Exercises, except removal of caps during invocation, the singing of anthems and the Alma Mater, and benediction.


Graduates will assemble at 8:30 a.m. in the Murphy Fine Arts Center. They will, with the assistance of marshals, assemble by college/school:

• College of Liberal Arts
• School of Architecture and Planning
• School of Business and Management
• School of Community Health and Policy
• School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
• School of Education and Urban Studies
• School of Engineering
• School of Global Journalism and Communication
• School of Social Work

Students should look for the banner identifying their academic unit.


Once the students have assembled, the marshals will lead them down the procession route in the Murphy Fine Arts Center. Upon reaching their seats, they will remain standing, facing the stage, until the Chief University Marshal turns the Exercises over to the President and the President instructs them to be seated.


The President will award degrees en masse according to degree level and academic unit. Afterwards, certified graduates will walk across the stage individually, as their names are called, to receive their diploma tubes. Graduates will present their Certification Card to the reader when they approach the top of the stage. When the reader calls their names, they will proceed across the stage rapidly, without delay, in an orderly and dignified man­ner suitable for the occasion, to receive their diploma tube from the Dean, shake the President’s hand and be photographed, and exit the opposite side of the stage. Upon re­turning to their seats, graduates must remain seated and depart together during the Recession from the Stadium.


Graduates will be photographed individually as they walk across the stage and shake the hand of the President. Graduates will be contacted by the professional photographer to make arrangements for purchases.


All graduates must remain until the end of the Commencement Exercises and partici­pate in the Recessional in order to have their diplomas automatically mailed to them.

At the end of Graduation Rehearsal, on the day before the Commencement Exercises, graduates will be given Verification of Participation Cards. They should fill out those cards and bring them to the Commencement Exercises on graduation day. During the Recessional at the end of the Commencement Exercises, as they leave the arena, they will hand their completed Verification of Participation Cards to the ushers at the exit station, thereby authorizing the University to mail their diplo­mas automatically.

Graduates who do not remain until the end of the Commencement Exercises and sub­mit their Verification of Participation in Commencement and Diploma Release Forms may contact the Office of Records and Registration at the beginning of the next semester to arrange to pick up their diplomas or have their diplomas mailed to them.

Students who complete requirements during the summer of 2017 may apply to participate in the December 2017 Commencement Exercises.