Frequently Asked Questions


When should I start planning for the graduation ceremony?

It is never too early to plan for graduation. You can access academic related graduation information from the Registrar, your department/chair, and the Morgan State Commencement website:

I have met with my academic advisor, and have been cleared to register for graduation. Where do I register for graduation?

The graduation application can be found in Banner/Websis. Degree candidates must login into Banner/Websis and click on the Apply To Graduate tab and make sure to select the correct date of graduation.

Where do I purchase my Academic regalia (cap & gown)?

Academic regalia can only be purchased at the University Bookstore. Graduate Degree Candidates should contact the Morgan State University Bookstore for Academic regalia information. Contact them early – especially if you want a custom doctoral gown. Please see the Morgan State Commencement Academic Regalia web page for more information.

Here is some current information from the Morgan Bookstore:

  • September 30 is the last day to register for graduation.
  • Monday, October 17, from 10-6, is a Measuring Event for Doctoral candidates.  A representative from Oak Hall will be available to properly measure candidates for their regalia.
  • Thursday, October 6, the website,,  will open for doctoral candidates to order their regalia online.
  • Saturday, October 22, will be the last day that candidates can place an order for Doctoral regalia (both online and in store).
  • October 26 &27, from 9-6.   In store “Grad Fest” celebration event.  Students can purchase their undergrad and graduate regalia.  Appointments can be made on “Signup Genius” but are not required
  • Saturday, October 28 the website,,  will open for undergrad and Graduate School Masters candidates to order their regalia online.
  • Wednesday, November 30. is the last day to order undergrad and grad regalia online

If I have more questions about Commencement – whom do I contact?

Certification – Office of the Registrar
Academic Regalia – Morgan State University Bookstore
Graduation Portraits – The Office of Student Life and Development
Graduation Clearance – Your department/college/school

Where can I find more information about Commencement?

Information about the Commencement ceremony can be found on the Morgan State Commencement website:



How many Commencement Exercises are scheduled each year?

Three ceremonies occur each academic year:

  1. Fall Commencement Exercises (Graduate School & Undergraduate) – 3rd Friday of December
  2. Spring Commencement Exercises for the Graduate School – 3rd Thursday of May
  3. Spring Commencement Exercises for Undergraduates – 3rd Saturday of May

Why is there more than one annual Commencement ceremony at Morgan?

There is one official Commencement Exercise in December for both undergraduate and graduate Degree Candidates. The Spring Commencement Exercises include two official ceremonies, one ceremony is for graduate Degree Candidates and the second ceremony is for undergraduate Degree Candidates.

What ceremony should I attend as a prospective undergraduate Degree Candidate?

If you will graduate in December, you will participate in the Fall Commencement Exercises held on the third Friday in December. If you graduate in May and are an undergraduate, you will participate in the undergraduate ceremony held on the 3rd Saturday in May.

I can’t make any of the Commencement ceremonies this year.  Can I participate in another ceremony at another time?

University policy states that students must participate in the corresponding ceremony for which their degree is conferred.



I have a family member who needs a wheel chair.  What should I do?

The University does not provide wheelchairs, but does provide wheelchair accessible seating.

Where should I park for Commencement?

All University parking lots will be available for use on graduation day. Please see the Morgan State Commencement web pages for more information.

Will the Commencement be live streamed?

A live stream of each ceremony will be accessible via the University’s Commencement page to accommodate those family members and friends who exceed the number of Guest Admit Tickets available – when required for indoor ceremonies.

Are masks required for everyone during Commencement?  

Masking and social distancing guidelines and protocols will be determined by Baltimore City and Maryland State guidelines and laws at that time. Please check the University web pages for updated information.



When are Morgan Commencement ceremonies held indoors?

The Fall Commencement Exercise is always held indoors.  For Spring, in case of severe inclement weather, an announcement will be made if the ceremony will be held indoors, delayed or rescheduled. Please check the Morgan website for additional information.

Where do I find out about Commencement arrangements if there is severe inclement weather the day of graduation?

Information about severe inclement weather is located on the Morgan State University website:  If there is inclement weather the day of Commencement, WEAA, the Morgan State radio station, will have more information.

Do I need guest admit tickets for all my guests, including an infant when ceremonies are held indoors?

Yes. When a ceremony is held indoors, all guests, regardless of age, require a guest admit ticket to enter the venue.

Where and when do I receive guest admit tickets if Commencement is held indoors?

On December 15, 2022 – Thursday – Morgan will have a special event called Commencement Corner from 9 am to 12 Noon in Talmadge Hill Field House.

Please plan to be on campus this day for pre-commencement activities such as obtaining your Graduation Packet (guest admit tickets & Certification Card), exit interviews, rehearsal video viewing, financial aid wrap-up, regalia checks, etc.

How many guest admit tickets do I receive?

Whenever we have an indoor graduation ceremony, due to the number of students graduating and the capacity of our Morgan facilities, there is a limit to the number of guest admit tickets that graduating candidates can receive. Students are issued a certain number of tickets depending on the number of students who graduate that year. Please check the University Commencement web pages for updated information, as we get closer to the Commencement date.



All degree candidates are encouraged to view our Commencement Information and Rehearsal videos before the Commencement exercises. These videos will give important information on how to dress for Commencement, how to wear your regalia, where to line up, how to be robed during the exercise, and much more. These videos are listed on the Morgan Commencement website.



Distributed before Commencement

The packets will be given out the day before Commencement during the Morgan commencement corner event – December 15, 2022 in Talmadge Hill field House from 9 am to 12 Noon. The Certification Packet consists of the following:

  • GUEST ADMIT TICKETS (Only needed if we meet indoors)

Certification Card

Each degree candidate will be issued one (1) certification card.  Only that degree candidate can use the certification card issued to participate in University’s Commencement Exercises.  The certification card will bear the degree candidate’s name and discipline (and Latin honors, if earned) and a special code that prevents duplication of the card. Once degree candidates receive the certification card, they should secure the card in a safe place.  Degree candidates must bring the certification card on Graduation Day. Degree candidates WILL NOT be admitted to participate in the University’s Commencement Exercises without their certification card. 

Guest Admit Tickets 

These tickets are needed during the Fall when we meet indoors and during the Spring if it rains and we move indoors.  The number of guest tickets, when needed, will be announced to students once we get closer to the Commencement dates.



What time do I need to arrive for the Commencement Exercise?

Students are asked to arrive at the selected assembly area no later than 8:30 am. This is due to the time it takes to park, walk across campus, and line up, and for guests to find their seats.

Where do I line up on Graduation Day for the Commencement Exercises?

Typical for the Fall Commencement Exercises, the Degree Candidates report to the University Student Center no later than 8:30 AM.  For the Spring Commencement Exercises, Degree Candidates typically report to the main academic quadrangle in front of Holmes Hall.  Before graduation day, please check for location information on the Morgan State Commencement website:

Where should I park for Commencement?

All University garages and parking lots will be available for parking on graduation day. Please see the University Commencement web pages and the Morgan Parking site for more information.

I graduated last month and I would like an extra Commencement program. Where can I get one?

Commencement program booklets are also digital and can be found on the Morgan Commencement website.

When do I receive my graduation diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to students who have been cleared and have fulfilled all of their University obligations based on the following schedule:

Winter Conferral – mid-February

Spring Conferral – mid-June

Summer Conferral – mid-September

Fall Conferral – mid-January

If you have any questions about diplomas, please contact