Fall 2021 Commencement Exercises
are December 17th
morgan graduate waving

Undergraduate Commencement for 2020 Degree Recipients

graduating students in their caps and gowns

School of Graduate Studies Commencement

graduating female students

Undergraduate Commencement for Spring 2021 Degree Recipients

Congratulations on your candidacy for graduation at Morgan State University!

On this site, The University Commencement Committee provides guidance, information, and direction to enable degree candidates to successfully navigate the path to commencement a celebration ceremony for students projected to complete all graduation requirements by the end of the semester.

To be eligible to participate in the Morgan State University Commencement exercises, degree candidates must meet ALL degree requirements.  The University Commencement Committee DOES NOT have the authority to determine degree clearance or certification. You can find out more about graduation clearance by contacting the Morgan Office of the Registrar.

Participation in Commencement

The University’s policy and practice is for degree candidates to participate in the commencement exercises immediately following their degree certification and clearance.  Degree candidates who have applied for graduation will be notified by the Office of the Registrar on how to proceed only via their official MSU email address.

Checklist for Degree Candidates

  1. Apply for graduation before the deadline. (See Applying for Graduation).
  2. Pay any outstanding fees. (See Financial Obligations)
  3. Complete required Financial Aid Exit Interview (See Financial Requirements)
  4. Make sure that you receive graduation clearance.
    You must be certified for graduation from the Morgan Office of the Registrar. (See Eligibility)
  5. Order your regalia. (See Purchasing Regalia)
  6. Attend Commencement Rehearsal. At Rehearsal, you will receive your certification card, your verification card, and guest tickets if commencement is outdoors. (See Rehearsal)

Congratulations, Prospective Graduate

Preparations are now underway for the Fall 2021 Commencement Exercises for Morgan State University on Thursday, December 17, 2021. Graduate Exercises 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 December 17, 2021. We wish you a happy day; you have earned it!

Commencement Information

Spring Ceremony Rescheduled to be Held in the Fall During Week of Homecoming 2020, on Oct. 15th

Morgan State University President David K. Wilson announced that the Spring 2020 Commencement, which had been postponed to comply with an executive order from the Governor of Maryland prohibiting any large gatherings due to the threat of COVID-19, will be rescheduled for the fall and held at Hughes Memorial Stadium during the week of Homecoming 2020, on Oct. 15. In addition, a special ‘Virtual Recognition Ceremony’ will be held for all of the graduating students on May 16, at 10 a.m., the date and time the undergraduate ceremony would have taken place.


The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent State health restrictions have made it very challenging to plan and hold Commencement Exercises here at Morgan State University. We are very disappointed that we have been unable to honor our most recent graduates in person; but we are committed to protecting the health and safety of Morgan faculty, staff, students, and look forward to being able to celebrate the achievements of our graduates as soon as it is safe to do so.

Morgan State University has decided to move forward in planning in-person Commencement ceremonies for the end of the Spring 2021 semester for all of our Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 graduates (undergraduate and graduate students).  As we follow State guidelines for the response to COVID-19 and take other precautions, we continue to remain hopeful that an in-person event will be possible.

The Morgan State University Commencement Committee will continue to meet regularly and will provide updates to graduates about the University’s evolving plans for Commencement. Please regularly check your Morgan email, Morgan Announce, and the Morgan State University Commencement web pages for the latest Commencement information and dates and times.

Michael V. Drake

Dr. Michael V. Drake as Spring Commencement Keynote and Shares Plans for Graduation

Series of Ceremonies Punctuate Highly-Anticipated Return to In-Person Exercises
Commencement at Morgan State University is a festive and joyous occasion at which family and guests are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class. The information contained on this site is designed to be beneficial to all those participating in or attending the commencement ceremonies. 

Information on this site is continually updated, so we encourage you to check this site often for the most recent updates.

 Questions? We are committed to making Commencement a memorable
day for you and your guests.