Conferring Degrees / Diplomas


The President will confer degrees en masse according to degree level and academic unit. Afterwards, certified graduates will walk across the stage individually, as their names are called. 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 rapidly proceed across the stage without delay, in an orderly and dignified manner suitable for the occasion to receive their Commencement memento from the Dean, shake the President’s hand and be photographed, and exit the opposite side of the stage. Upon returning to their seats, students must remain at their seats and depart together as the Class of December 2019 for the Recessional.


In order to be considered for Latin honors, candidates must have earned a minimum of sixty (60) semester credits at Morgan; must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4; and must not have been sanctioned by their Dean or by the Provost for violating the University’s Policy on Academic Dishonesty. Candidates for graduation should note that the honors announced and/or published at commencement do not include the final semester grades; therefore, the level of honor may change once the final grade audit is completed by the Office of the Registrar. Students will be notified via email if they have received a Latin honor and it will appear on their diploma and their Certification Card.


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 in Commencement Cards. They should fill out those cards and bring them to the Commencement Exercises.  During the recessional at the end of the Commencement Exercises, when exiting the Talmadge Hill Field House, students will hand their completed Verification of Participation in Commencement Cards to the ushers at the exit stationthereby authorizing the University to mail their diplomas automatically.


Actual diplomas will be mailed directly to students at a later date and will arrive four to six weeks after they are ordered following Commencement and financial clearance. Students must ensure that the Office of the Registrar has the CORRECT ADDRESS where diplomas are to be mailed. Students must remain for the entire Commencement Exercises in order to submit the Verification of Participation Card to ensure the automatic mailing of their diplomas after academic and financial clearance.