Cap & Gown / Announcements

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS, ACADEMIC REGALIA, ETC.

The official regalia for graduates is no longer black. Please make sure you purchase the new blue regalia from the Morgan State University Bookstore in the University Student Center.

Distribution of regalia will begin during the Fall 2018 Grad Fest; a special appreciation event for all graduates- both Undergraduates and Graduate School graduates. Grad Fest will be held on Wednesday, October 24  and Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Regalia will be available for purchase in the Bookstore following Grad Fest.

Undergraduate Regalia:
Academic regalia is sold in sets only which includes the cap, gown, hood, stole, and tassel.  Distribution of undergraduate regalia will begin during the Fall 2018 Grad Fest; a special appreciation event for all graduates. Undergraduate regalia packages are approximately $130.98. A picture ID is required to pick-up all regalia.

Graduate Regalia:
Academic regalia for Masters Candidates is sold in sets only. This includes the cap, gown, hood, and tassel.   The price for the purchase of Master’s regalia is approximately $109.98. Distribution of Masters Regalia will begin during the Fall 2018 Grad Fest. A picture ID is required to pick-up all regalia.

All Doctoral Regalia is available for purchase or rent. The price to buy doctoral regalia is approximately $850.00.  The price to rent doctoral regalia is approximately $250.00.  Measurements for doctoral regalia will be taken in the Morgan State University Bookstore on October 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Both rental and purchased regalia orders must be placed by October 31, 2018 for a timely delivery.

Personalized graduation announcements, with student’s name and major, will be available to order at your Grad Fest, October 25 & 26, from 9:00 – 6:00 pm.

The Morgan State University Bookstore will be open on Rehearsal Day, Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and will be open on Graduation Day, Friday, December 14, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

For additional questions about regalia or announcements, please call the Bookstore directly at 443-885-3075.

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

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 November 19, 2018. All payments must be made by cash, certified check, credit card, or money order—no personal checks.

If any charges are reported to the Bursar’s Office, Montebello 124A, after November 19, 2018, students will be notified so that payment may 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 443-885-3108.

DSL/Perkins Loan Exit Interview
All students who received NDSL/Perkins Loans must report to the Bursar’s Office (Montebello 124-A) for their exit interviews between November 19 – November 26, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All other exit interviews may be scheduled with the NDSL Coordinator by appointment at 443-885- 3010 or 3189, or by e-mail at bursar@morgan.edu.

Federal Education Loan/Federal Direct Loan Programs (Subsidized/Unsubsidized STAFFORD)
All students who received Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans must complete the required Loan Exit Interview online at https://studentloans.gov prior to the last day of classes for the Fall 2018 semester. Students should contact the Loan Department with any questions or concerns at msuloanoffice@morgan.edu or via telephone at 443-885-3637.

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

Final examinations for graduation candidates will be administered November 26 – December 1, 2018. Students who have not met all financial and academic requirements by December 14, 2018 will not be certified in time for graduation.

CERTIFICATION FOR GRADUATION

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

Two steps toward participating in December 2018 Commencement: Once all requirements for the degree have been met, there are two final steps toward participating in the December 2018 Commencement Exercises:

1. Determining that you have been officially certified academically and financially 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 the Registrar will certify students academically for graduation and grant them permission to participate in the Commencement Exercises. The Office of the Registrar will notify students of their certification via Morgan email only. No certifications will take place on the day of Rehearsal or the day of Commencement.

Determining Requirements for Graduation Not Met: If students are notified by the Office of the Registrar they have not been certified for graduation and believe this is an error, they should contact their graduation coordinator or academic advisor immediately to determine what requirements remain unfulfilled prior to December 14, 2018:

Students who are not certified after contacting the individuals noted above, may contact the Office of the Registrar at graduation@morgan.edu to determine whether their names have been added to the list of certified students. However, they should not wait until Rehearsal Day to do so.

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

Once students have determined they have been certified to graduate and to participate in the Commencement Exercises, they are authorized to attend Graduation Rehearsal. View information on Guest Admit Tickets.

REHEARSAL

All graduating students must attend the Graduation Rehearsal.

Undergraduate Rehearsal:
Rehearsal for undergraduate students (those receiving the bachelor’s degree) will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Hill Field House.  

Graduate Students:
Rehearsal for graduate students (those receiving the master’s and doctorate degrees) will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Hill Field House.

Class Pictures:
Class pictures will be taken at the beginning of rehearsal so please be on time and have your full academic regalia with you.

Day of Rehearsal:
At the end of rehearsal 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 can use the certification card issued to participate in Commencement Exercises on Friday, December 14, 2018.  The certification card will bear the student’s name and discipline (and Latin honors, if earned) and a special code that prevents duplication of the card. Once students receive the card, they should secure it in a safe place. 
You must bring the certification card with you on Graduation Day. A student cannot be admitted to participate in the Commencement Exercises on Friday, December 14, 2018 without the certification card.

Verification of Participation in Commencement Cards:
Graduating students will be issued Verification of Participation in Commencement Cards at the end of Rehearsal. Students should (1) fill out the cards prior to Commencement Exercises and (2) bring them with you on the day of graduation. The cards will be collected by ushers as you leave the stadium (or Hill Field House, in the event of inclement weather) to verify attendance and participation in the Recessional.

After students have completed these two steps, they will be prepared to report, at 8:30 am, for the Commencement Exercises on Friday morning, December 14, 2018.