August 2014 Commencement Information


Saturday, August 2, 2014

10:00 a.m.


Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, Mississippi


Commencement Schedule        



Special Events/Announcements
- Caps/Gowns/Honor Cords
- Diplomas
- Conferring of Degrees
- Commencement Tickets/Seating
- Commencemnt Photographs
- Alumni Relations
- Graduation Survey

Graduation Reminders
- Transfer Credit
- University Accounts



 June 20 - last day to apply for August 2014 Degree and Commencement Participation

Friday, August 1

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Regalia (Cap & Gown) pickup at The Bookend

11:30 a.m. -COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE report immediately to Painter Hall to line up. Tickets and honor cords (for those eligible) will be distributed at practice.
Note: Commencement practice is REQUIRED of all commencement participants. If you have a conflict, please notify the Registrar so your name will not be removed from the Line of March.

Saturday, August 2

10:00 a.m. - Conferring of degrees for candidates





Commencement Parking

















Caps/Gowns/Honor Cords

You must order regalia (cap and gown) through The Bookend.  Caps and gowns will be issued at The Bookend all day (8 am - 5 pm) the Friday before Commencement.  Honor cords, for first bachelor degree students whose current cumulative and MUW grade point averages are 3.50 and above, will be distributed at Commencement practice. Latin honors based on current GPAs will be read. However, honors printed on diplomas and transcripts will be based on final GPAs. Caps and gowns must be returned to Carrier Chapel immediately following the ceremony.


Diplomas for candidates will be mailed out or available for pick-up within 2 weeks of commencement. If you want your diploma mailed, you must send the appropriate request and payment to the Office of the Registrar.  If you chose to mail and want to pick, you may do so if the timing is right and it has not yet been mailed, however, there are no refunds.

Conferring of Degrees

10:00 a.m. - Conferring of degrees for candidates 

Line-up is in Painter Hall at 9:00 a.m.  Students not in line by 9:30 a.m. will be removed from the list.


Commencement Tickets/Seating

Family and friends (including ALL children) attending commencement MUST have an admission ticket. 

Guests should enter through the front entrance of Whitfield Hall. Six tickets will be distributed to each student participating in commencement at commencement practice on Friday. Tickets will not be mailed. There are no reserved seats and no extra tickets.

Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.  Tickets will only be honored until 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. At that time, the doors will be opened for all until seats are filled. Anyone arriving with a ticket after the honorable time is not guaranteed a seat, but will have the option to go to Parkinson Hall, Nissan Auditorium to view the live streaming if/when Rent Auditorium is full.  There will also be a link available for Live Streaming at the MUW website.

Commencement Photographs

A professional photographer, Grad Images, will be at the ceremonies to take pictures as you cross the stage.  We request that family members and friends refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony, especially with flash or at the front. 
Grad Images will contact you about your pictures, or you can visit and register accordingly to view.  Please call Grad Images Customer Service at 1-800-261-2576 if you have any questions.

Alumni Relations

The Alumni Office is always interested in receiving news of your activities and will help you keep in touch with MUW after graduation. Please visit the Alumni Relations web site at  They will also be available at Carrier Chapel as you return your regalia.

Graduation Survey

Please take 5 minutes and complete the graduation survey online. It is an important part of our accreditation.

Survey location:
The password: grad2015



Transfer Credit

The deadline for submission of transfer work to the Office of the Registrar is the Wednesday following Commencement. Please notify faculty involved from other campuses of this deadline and request their assistance. If an official transcript will not be available by this date, please arrange for the institution's Registrar to notify the MUW Registrar of the final grade(s) prior to the deadline. Please note that transfer credit will be added to your MUW record and your degree will be posted only upon receipt of an official transcript. You will not graduate if official transcripts of grades are not received, and you must reapply for degree.


University Accounts

The deadline for candidates to clear University accounts is 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to Commencement. Offices included are University Accounting (Comptroller), Housing, Health Center, Library, Registrar, Student Affairs and Campus Police. Diplomas and/or transcripts will not be issued to candidates until all accounts are cleared.



1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439