Information for Graduating Seniors
PARTICIPATING IN COMMENCEMENT AND GRADUATION
Participation in Commencement exercises does not necessarily signify graduation from the College.
You may participate in Commencement if you have:
- Earned at least 112 hours towards graduation (not counting hours earned in REA 098, REA 099 and MATH 090).
- At most 2 courses remaining to complete in order to satisfy graduation requirements.
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
- Achieved financial clearance by paying all outstanding balances, including the graduation fee (see more on that below).
- Completed the Graduation Administrative Clearance Form (including Senior Exit Survey).
You will have earned your degree if and only if in addition to the above, you have:
- Successfully completed all of the degree requirements outlined in the course catalog, including those for your particular major.
Please also note that, ordinarily, you may participate in only one Commencement exercise. If you participate this year, but do not satisfy all graduation requirements until a later time, you cannot participate in Commencement exercises at another time without approval of the Office of Academic Affairs.
You will not receive your diploma on the day of graduation.
All diplomas will be mailed by July 11, 2014. Please allow three weeks for delivery. It is critical that you complete the senior exit survey and provide the address to which you want your diploma sent. Please double check your address when you pick up your Commencement tickets to ensure that the address is correct.
Diplomas will not be printed and mailed again until on or near September 15. If you complete your graduation requirements and meet all financial obligations after Commencement and before July 30, you will receive your diploma with the September mailing. Note that you can still receive an official transcript indicating that you are a graduate of Morehouse College as soon as you have completed all degree requirements and met all financial obligations.
Diplomas will not be printed again until on or near November 15, 2014, and again on or near February 15, 2015.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR GRADUATION AND COMMENCEMENT
STEP 1. Apply for graduation: If you have not yet applied for graduation, complete the Application for Graduation and return to the Registrar's office by Tuesday, April 1. Please note that all applications completed at this time have incurred a late fee of $146.
STEP 2. Pick up your audit sheet and complete the checklist on the back: If you haven't already done so, pick up your audit sheet in the Office of Records and Registration. The audit sheet lists all of the ACADEMIC requirements for graduation that are outstanding, as well as a checklist for graduation on the back. The following are questions from that checklist. You must be able to answer "yes" to each of the following questions to be able to graduate.
STEP 3. Attend Financial Aid Exit Interviews. Graduating Seniors who received federal loans must report to one of the below one-hour sessions. If you received a Federal Stafford Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan, you are required to attend.
The sessions will be held in the African American Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
The interviews will be conducted by the Office of Financial Aid.
STEP 4. Complete the graduation clearance form: This form can be found at: Graduation Administrative Clearance Form and should be completed by April 15 if possible, but will be accepted through Friday, April 25. Please note, your Senior Exit Survey must be submitted in order to complete the graduation clearance form. This survey can be found at: Senior Exit Survey.
STEP 5. Communicate with your family: Even if you haven't yet completed all of the items on your checklist, we recommend communicating with your family and friends as they make plans to attend Commencement. In particular, we encourage you to share the following information:
STEP 6. Complete the semester with excellence: Exams for seniors are on May 1 and May 2. One of the most important things that you can do during this exciting time is to stay focused and do well on your academic work as you complete you experience here at Morehouse.
STEP 7. Check your name for graduation and commencement participation: From Monday, May 12—Thursday, May 16, lists of who has met graduation and commencement requirements will be posted on TigerNet and outside of the Registrar's Office. By Thursday, May 16, your status will be one of the following:
If you have any questions about your status, please go directly and immediately to the Office of Records and Registration to discuss your question. And please discuss any issues with your family. Here again, please be sure to be in conversation with your family if there are any issues.
STEP 8. Pick up your regalia: As soon as you have received confirmation that you are eligible to participate in Commencement, please pick up your cap and gown from the bookstore. The bookstore is open between 9am and 6pm during the week of May 12. Please pick up your regalia before 10:00am on Friday, in time for the senior class photo shoot.
At this point, you are ready and expected to participate in Commencement weekend activities, including the photo shoot on Friday, Baccalaureate on Saturday and Commencement on Sunday. Please follow the schedule of events listed for Friday, Saturday: Baccalaureate, and Sunday: Commencement to see where you should be on each of these days.
Ten tickets will be given to each senior who clears for graduation or participation in Commencement.
Reserved seating at Commencement will be governed by color-coded tickets that correspond with the colors on signage and usher arm bands. Otherwise, guests may sit in the open sections that do not require tickets. Comfortable viewing in all sections will be facilitated by a large screen on which the events of the program are displayed.
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon; 5 – 7 pm
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Lobby
· Morehouse ID
· Must be cleared to participate in graduation exercises
Seniors who have family members or guests who are disabled may request up to two special tickets. However the maximum ticket allowance is ten.
SENIOR CLASS MEETING DATES
|April 10, 2014||Thursday||6 -7 p.m.||Sale Hall|
|April 23, 2014||Wednesday||6 -7 p.m.||Sale Hall|
|May 8, 2014||Thursday||6 -7 p.m.||Sale Hall|
|May 12, 2014||Monday||6 -7 p.m.||Sale Hall|
SENIOR CLASS GIFT
As we approach this unforgettable milestone, we must lift each other as we climb. With all the perplexities of life we will experience in our postgraduate endeavors, we can never forget that Mother Morehouse has helped us so we must never forget to help her. Make a donation today towards our class gift today.
Please make your gifts at http://giving.morehouse.edu/2014classgift