Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and times for the Spring 2021 Commencement?

May 14 – Friday – Report to campus no later than 8:15 am. Procession starts at 9:30 am for all 2020 Undergraduates

May 14 – Friday – Report to campus no later than 1:15 pm. Procession starts at 2:30 pm for all 2020 and 2021 Graduate School Graduates

May 15 – Saturday – Report to campus no later than 8:15 am. Procession starts at 9:30 am for all Spring 2021 Undergraduates

Where do I get information about Commencement ceremony arrangements if there is severe inclement weather the day of Commencement?

Information about severe inclement weather will be located on the Morgan State University website: www.morgan.edu and broadcasted on 88.9 FM WEAA, the Morgan State University radio station.

What if it rains the day of the ceremonies?

If rain is in the forecast, we will still meet. Please be prepared for possible delays or even cancellation if the weather is severe.

Guests and graduates should dress for weather and come prepared since the ceremonies are all outdoors.  Please bring umbrellas and covering for the rain since we will be seated in Hughes Stadium.

Are masks required at Commencement?

Yes, face masks are required. In addition, the University must follow the city and state requirements, which will include social distancing, adherence to capacity limitations, and other restrictions and preventive measures.

How long are the ceremonies?

We try to keep the ceremonies to approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.  However, this is not guaranteed due to crowd control, traffic, speakers who run overtime, and other ceremonial issues that may unexpectedly take up time.

Will students be crossing the stage this year?

Yes, students will be crossing the stage as their names are called.

Where can I order Morgan regalia?

The Morgan State University Bookstore will be happy to help you with any questions concerning regalia as well as graduation gifts and Commencement announcements. Please email them at MorganGradBNN@gmail.com

Will there be an in-person REHEARSAL this year for Spring 2021?

Due to the current pandemic, there will not be a rehearsal for Commencement.  There will be signs posted the day of Commencement.  Graduates are to check in at the front steps of Hurt Gymnasium.  Graduate seating on the stadium field will comply with socially distancing regulations. Please check your email and the Morgan Commencement website for any updates or changes.

I graduated in 2020.  Do I need to RSVP for attending my specific ceremony on Friday May 14, 2021?

You do not need to confirm your attendance, but you will be required to check-in one hour before the Friday ceremony (at the front steps of Hurt Gym) to verify your attendance. Please make sure that you are wearing official Morgan regalia and a mask.

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.

Where should the students park who are participating in the Commencement?

Students should park in the New Jenkins PARKING LOT J and walk across the bridge to the check in site at the front steps of Hurt Gym. Please make sure that you are wearing official Morgan regalia and a mask. Please dress for weather.

When and where do I show up for Commencement?

  • Students participating in Commencement should plan to arrive at least one hour before the procession starts to check in at the front steps of Hurt Gym.
  • Students should start to line up in the area in front of the New Tyler Building and the Cummings Residence Hall the day of the Commencement.
  • All graduates must be in full official Morgan regalia.
  • Masks are required.
  • Please check the weather report for the day of your Commencement.  The ceremonies will be held outdoors, so please dress for weather and be prepared.

How many guest tickets are given to each student?  

Tickets are not for sale. Morgan State University is under very strict restrictions regarding seating capacity rules and policies from the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland due to the COVID19 pandemic. As a result, each graduate will receive two guest tickets.  These tickets can be picked up on Morgan’s campus a few days prior to Commencement. Students who can’t come early, will be able to pick their tickets before Commencement.  Please see the notice regarding Guest Ticket Information.

Guest Ticket Information

Please view important information regarding Guest Tickets.

Are infants and young children required to have guest tickets for admission into the Commencement ceremony?

Yes, everyone is required to have a guest ticket for admission.

I have relatives and friends who cannot attend my Commencement.   Will the Commencement ceremonies be live streamed?

All ceremonies will be live streamed.  Please check the Morgan website the day of Commencement for the link to view the ceremony.  Also, you can view the recording of the Commencement later on the Morgan’s YouTube Channel.

Will my name be in the Commencement program if I am graduating?

Students (graduate and undergraduate) who have applied for graduation by the specified deadline will have their names listed in the Commencement program booklet.

Disclaimer: Names listed in the Commencement program do NOT necessarily mean a student has been cleared for graduation.

I graduated and would like a Commencement program? Where can I obtain one?

Due to this year’s pandemic and COVID19 restrictions with the handling of paper materials, the Morgan State University Spring 2021 Commencement Program will be digital and can be downloaded and printed. Please check the Morgan Commencement website, as we get closer to the Commencement dates.

Information for Guests

Tickets

All guests, including children and infants, who are attending the ceremonies are required to have tickets. Two guest tickets area given to each graduating student to give to their guests.

Prohibited Items At Graduation

The following items are prohibited for ALL individuals (faculty, administration, staff, graduates, other participants and patrons, etc.) attending the Graduation Ceremonies:

  • alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs carried in by patrons
  • glass bottles or metal containers
  • ice chests or large coolers
  • bota bags or wine skins
  • sticks, bats, or clubs, including any attachments
  • fireworks, firearms, or other weapons or simulated weapons
  • bullhorns or other artificial noisemakers
  • framed backpacks
  • animals other than certified guide dogs for the disabled
  • balloons, drones, or other airborne devices
  • food and beverages
  • cell phones that are not turned off or placed on vibrate

First-Aid Services

For first-aid services, graduates should see the marshals, and guests should see the ushers. Ambulance service will be available for emergencies.

Weather

Information about severe inclement weather will be located on the Morgan State University website: www.morgan.edu and broadcasted on 88.9 FM WEAA, the Morgan State University radio station.

If rain is in the forecast, we will still meet. Please be prepared for possible delays or even cancellation if the weather is severe.

Guests and graduates should dress for weather and come prepared since the ceremonies are all outdoors.  Please bring umbrellas and covering for the rain since we will be seated in Hughes Stadium.

Are Masks Required At Commencement?

Yes, face masks are required. In addition, the University must follow city and state requirements,  which will include social distancing, adherence to capacity limitations, and other restrictions and preventive measures.

Parking Information

PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT GUESTS – family and friends of 2020 and 2021 graduates MUST have tickets to attend the commencement exercises. COMMENCEMENT GUESTS (with tickets) can park in two locations:

  • UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER PARKING GARAGE – COMMENCEMENT GUESTS will be directed to enter Hughes Stadium through GATE #11.
  • MURPHY FINE ARTS PARKING (LOT Y) – COMMENCEMENT GUESTS will be shuttled from PARKING LOT Y to enter Hughes Stadium through GATE #3.

PARKING FOR GRADUATES ONLY – 2020 AND 2021 GRADUATES should park in LOT J of

the NEW JENKINS BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CENTER in Northwood Shopping Center. After parking, GRADUATES should travel from PARKING LOT J to campus by using the bridge over Hillen Road. Upon crossing the bridge, GRADUATES report to the front steps of Hurt Gymnasium to check in and line up.

ADA PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT ALL LOCATIONS.