Commencement Ceremonies

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Commencement Day is a long-honored tradition at Ole Miss. The program on the Ole Miss Commencement Day involves five major segments:

Part One
Pick up your cap and gown Wednesday, May 10 through Friday, May 12 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum. Caps and Gowns may also be picked up on Graduation Day between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at the Bookstore in the Jackson Avenue Center. Reader cards are available for regional campus graduates at the Coliseum prior to the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Oxford Campus graduates reader cards are available Thursday, May 4 through Friday, May 12 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in Holman 252. Students who qualify for an Latin honors designation will pick up their honor's chord when picking up their reader card.

Part Two
The Morning Exercise in the Grove is ceremonial, and all graduates of the University participate. Graduates from each school sit together, and at the appropriate moment, they rise and are presented by the school's Dean to the Chancellor of the University. The Provost confers the degrees en masse. Individual diplomas are not given at this time.

Seating for guests in the Morning Exercise is not limited.  The important note is that diplomas are not awarded at the Morning Exercise in the Grove.

Part Three
The School of Business ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. following the morning program in the Grove. This ceremony takes place in the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite to the Ceremony in the Coliseum.

Part Four
The 11:00 a.m. exercise in the Coliseum features short speeches by the Dean of the School of Business, President of the MBA Class, and the Class Marshal of the Undergraduate Class. Your attendance is encouraged.

Part Five
Regalia will be returned at designated areas at the conclusion of the 11:00 a.m. exercise.

Guests with Disabilities
There is a reserved and accessible seating section available for individuals with disabilities in the Grove and Coliseum on Commencement Day. University and Public Events will have this information at a later date and we will provide the link when it becomes available.

Transportation and Parking
Parking at Ole Miss on the day of Commencement is limited. Please view updated information regarding Commencement Week Parking.

2017 Commencement Events

Friday, May 12, 2017
4:00 p.m. - Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Ceremony
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts
5:30 p.m. - Celebration of Achievement
7:30 p.m. - Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. - Convocation
Speaker - To be determined at a later date
The Grove

11:00 a.m. - School of Business Administration - Presentation of Diplomas and Awards
C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum

Commencement Photographs

A professional photographer will be at the Coliseum Ceremony to take photos of students as they receive their diploma cover.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase individual photos for family and friends at a later date.

School of Business Administration Commencement (May 13, 2017)

University Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the Grove
School of Business Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum

Proper Academic Regalia is required for both ceremonies
Attendance at both ceremonies is expected

9:00 a.m.  University-Wide Grove Exercise

Report to the Grove) no later than 8:30 a.m. to be seated. All graduates are to be seated in the designated location for the School of Business Administration.

There is no formal recessional at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. ceremony.

11:00 a.m.  School of Business Administration Exercise

Candidates for the School of Business (both baccalaureate and MBA’s) will line up on the concourse  of the coliseum immediately following the 9:00 a.m. ceremony in the Grove and no later than 10:30 a.m.

Undergraduate candidates whose last name begins with

A—L should report to Portal 10. 

Undergraduate candidates whose last name begins with

M—Z report to Portal 3. 

Candidates for the MBA will report to Portal 3.

Click here for the Map of Coliseum and Business School Ceremony

Bring your reader’s card to the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.  Present the card to the person assisting the reader.  Your name will be announced according to the information on the card.  Candidates must be in line on time in order to participate in the processional which begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp.  Graduates will be guided by the Class Marshal and appointed faculty members.

Message From The Dean

Dear Graduate,

Commencement exercises for all graduates are on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Grove. Business students should arrive on the Union Plaza dressed in proper academic regalia at 8:30 a.m.

A separate ceremony for business students will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. in the Coliseum.  You should arrive at the Coliseum in proper academic regalia immediately following the 9:00 a.m. ceremony in the Grove and no later than 10:30 a.m. Diploma covers will be presented to students earning the baccalaureate and master’s degree.  There is no limit on the number of guests. 

It is especially important for you to pick up your reader’s card in Holman 252 starting on Thursday, May 4 and ending with Friday, May 12.  The card includes your name, processional placement number and processional instructions.  There is no formal recessional at the end of the ceremony.

In order for you to receive your commencement photograph, please include on the back of your reader’s card a valid email address.  The reader’s card is required for participation in the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Business Administration, congratulations on your academic accomplishments! We are pleased to have you as a graduate of the University Of Mississippi School Of Business Administration and wish you great success.


Ken B. Cyree

Map of Coliseum and Business School Ceremony

General Instructions for the University Ceremony