Information for Parents of Graduating Seniors
Congratulations to you and to your family member or friend on the way to becoming a Morehouse Man. The Commencement ceremony and all of the events over the weekend are a celebration of academic achievement and development, and we would like to help make the weekend as easy as possible for all who plan to attend.
PARTICIPATING IN COMMENCEMENT AND GRADUATION
Please note that a student may participate in commencement only if he has:
- 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.
Participating in commencement does not necessarily signify graduation from the College. Students will have earned their degree if and only if in addition to the above, they have:
- Successfully completed all of the degree requirements outlined in the course catalog, including those for your particular major.
Diplomas will NOT be distributed on the day of graduation.
All diplomas will be mailed by July 11, 2014. Please allow three weeks for delivery. It is critical that seniors complete the exit survey and provide the address to which they want their diploma sent. They should double check their address when they pick up Commencement tickets.
KEY DATES FOR GRADUATION AND COMMENCEMENT
- April 1: Last day for students to complete and return the Application for Graduation to the Office of Records and Registration. Please note that all applications completed at this time have incurred a late fee of $146.
- April 14 and 15: Graduating Seniors who received federal loans must report to one of the below one-hour sessions. If a student received a Federal Stafford Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan, he is 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.
Monday – April 14, 2014
Tuesday – April 15, 2014
10 – 11 a.m.
11 – Noon
1 – 2 p.m.
3 – 4 p.m.
10 – 11 a.m.
11 – Noon
Noon – 1 p.m.
The interviews will be conducted by the Office of Financial Aid.
- April 25: Last day to complete the checklist on the back of the degree audit, complete and return the Graduation Administrative Clearance Form, and meet all financial obligations, including the graduation fee of:
- $843 for on-campus students if paid by Friday, April 25.
- $482 for off-campus students if paid by Friday, April 25.
- May 1 and 2: Finals for seniors.
- May 8: Grades for Seniors due.
- May 12: Lists of who has met graduation and commencement requirements begin getting posted on TigerNet and outside of the Office of Records and Registration.
- May 16: All names of those expected to graduate should be posted by this day.
- May 17: Weekend Events Begin:: Check the Friday, Saturday: Baccalaureate, and Sunday: Commencement schedule for more details.
In addition to the information above, you will likely want to know more information about each of the following. Simply follow the links to those pages to see more:
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.