Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL INFORMATION

When should I start planning for the graduation ceremony?

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

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

The graduation application can be found in Banner/Websis. A student must login in to Banner/Websis and click on the Graduation application making sure to select the correct date of graduation.

Where do I purchase my Graduation regalia?

Graduation regalia can only be purchased at the University Bookstore. The Bookstore is located in the University Student Center across from the Theater on the 1 st floor. Graduate students should contact the Morgan State University Bookstore as well for regalia information. Please see the Morgan State Commencement web page for more information.

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

Where can I find more information about Commencement?

Information about the Commencement ceremony can be found on the Morgan State Commencement website: commencement.morgan.edu.  If you know you are graduating, you must check with the Registrar and with your department/school to be cleared.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

What Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled each year?

There are three ceremonies that occur each academic year:

  1. Winter Graduation (Graduate School & Undergraduate) – 3rd Friday of December
  2. Spring Graduate School Graduation – 3rd Thursday of May
  3. Spring Undergraduate Graduation – 3rd Saturday in May

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

There is one official Commencement ceremony in December for both graduating undergraduate and Graduate School students. In May, there are two official Commencement ceremonies planned, one for graduating Graduate School students and one for graduating undergraduate students.

What ceremony should I attend as a prospective graduating undergraduate student?

If you will graduate in December, you will participate in the Winter Graduation Ceremony. If you graduate in May and are an undergraduate, you will participate in the undergraduate ceremony held on the 3rd Saturday in May.

What ceremony should I attend as a prospective graduating graduate student?

If you are graduating in December, you will attend the Winter Graduation for both graduates and undergraduates. If graduating in May, Graduate School graduating students will attend the Graduate ceremony scheduled for the 3rd Thursday in May. In addition to participating in the Thursday ceremony in May , Graduate School students may optionally walk in the procession at the undergraduate ceremony on the 3rd Saturday of May where they will be recognized en masse by the President. No individual names will be called.

ACCESSIBILITY, PARKING, & ALTERNATE VIEWING AREAS

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

The University does not provide wheelchairs, but does have spaces available for wheelchairs.

Where should I park for Commencement?

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

Are there alternate viewing areas in case I have more guests than guest admit tickets? What if I have a guest that can’t sit outdoors?

Please see the Morgan State Commencement website for alternate viewing areas for both the Graduate School and the Undergraduate student Commencement ceremonies.

GUEST ADMIT TICKETS, INCLEMENT WEATHER, ALTERNATE VIEWING AREAS

When are Morgan Commencement ceremonies held indoors?

The Winter Graduation Ceremony is always held indoors.  For Spring, in case of severe inclement weather, an announcement will be made if the ceremony will be held indoors. 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: https://www.morgan.edu/.  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 guest, regardless of age, require a guest admit ticket.

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

Whenever tickets are required, all guest tickets (Graduate and Undergraduate) are distributed at the graduation rehearsal which is held the day before the commencement exercise.

How many guest admit tickets do I receive?

Whenever we have an indoor graduation ceremony, due to capacity, there is a limit to the number of guest admits tickets that graduating students can receive. Students are issued a certain number of tickets depending on the number of students who graduate that year. In the past, students have been issued from 4-6 guest tickets. Please check the current web pages for updated information.

Are there alternate viewing areas in case I have more guests than guest admit tickets?

Please see the Morgan State Commencement website for alternate viewing areas for both the Graduate School and the Undergraduate student Commencement ceremonies http://commencement.morgan.edu/

REHEARSAL INFORMATION

Am I required to attend rehearsal?

Yes. Students cleared for graduation must attend rehearsal in order to receive their certification card and guest tickets.

What time is the graduation rehearsal?

Graduation rehearsal typically takes place the day before the scheduled commencement exercise. For more information about the Commencement rehearsal dates and time, please click here.

Should I bring anything with me when attending rehearsal? 

Yes. Graduation regalia along with proper attire (dress shirts and tie for men and dress shoes for women) is required at the graduation rehearsal for both the Undergraduate and Graduate rehearsals. Regalia is needed for the class photo and for the hooding process for undergraduate and doctoral candidates.

Why do I receive a certification card at rehearsal?

A certification card serves as documentation that a student has met all the requirements of graduation and is cleared to graduate. All graduating students must bring their certification card to their prospective ceremonies in order to walk across stage and have their name and major called. Certification cards can only be picked up at rehearsal.

COMMENCEMENT DAY

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

The procession ceremony for all Commencement exercises begins promptly at 9:30 am.  Students are therefore asked to arrive at the selected assembly area at 8:30 am.

Where do I line up on Commencement Day for the graduation exercise?

Before graduation day, please check with your department/school for location information.

Where should I park for Commencement?

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

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

Many times, extra Commencement booklets are placed in the University Student Center.  You can also contact the Morgan State University Print Shop.