Commencement

HOW TO PREPARE FOR GRADUATION AND COMMENCEMENT

STEP 1. Apply for graduation: If you have not yet applied for graduation, complete the online Graduation Application by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

STEP 2. Pick up your audit sheet and complete the checklist on the back: The audit statement 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 in order to be eligible for commencement participation:

  • Are you currently registered for all courses that appear on your graduation audit statement?
  • Have you successfully completed all courses required for your major with a grade of "C" or better?
  • Have you successfully completed all General Education core curriculum requirements, including computer literacy and Crown Forum? (Note: if you have questions about Crown Forum, please see Dr. David Rice, immediately.)
  • Do the hours earned plus the hours currently in progress total at least 116 hours not including REA 098, REA 099, MATH 090? AND at most, will you have one credit bearing course remaining to complete in order to satisfy all degree requirements?
  • If you are a dual degree student, will you complete the requirements of both Morehouse College and the engineering school in which you also are enrolled? (Note: It is your responsibility to forward all final official transcripts from the engineering school to the Office of Records and Registration before you will be awarded a degree or permitted to participate in Commencement.)
  • Have you secured all outstanding transfer credit, off-campus approval signatures, overload letters, AP/IB credit, etc.?
  • Is your cumulative grade point average a 2.0 or above?
  • Have you completed all applicable Administrative Clearance items? Check your account for holds beginning March 27th, 2017.

STEP 3. 

Attend Financial Aid and Perkins Exit InterviewsGraduating Seniors who received Federal or Perkins loans (Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, Perkins Loan) must report to one of the below one-hour sessions.  

The sessions will be held in Dansby Hall Room 200 from 11am to Noon on the following days:

  • Wednesday, April 05, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Additional evening sessions will be held from 6pm to 7pm on the following dates in Brawley Hall Room 100:

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The interviews will be conducted by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Financial Services.

STEP 4.

Complete the graduation administrative clearance process between March 27th and April 28th.

Administrative Clearance (Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017)

  • Completed the online comprehensive Senior Exit Survey (sent to each student via email)
  • Completed a Financial Aid Exit Interview (dates and times listed under STEP 3 aboveCompleted a Perkins Loan Exit Interview (if applicable)
  • Returned books and resources to the Woodruff Library and paid any outstanding library fees in full
  • Paid, in full, any outstanding account balance including the assessed graduation fee
  • Achieved clearance from the Office of Student Conduct (if applicable)

The Graduation Administrative Clearance form no longer exists as a mechanism for candidates to obtain administrative clearance at Morehouse College. Instead, students are required, between March 27th and April 28th, 2017 to complete all administrative clearance tasks listed above.  Students who do not comply by the April 28, 2017 deadline will not be given additional time to do so and, as a result, will be removed from the commencement candidate list. Students should check their TigerNet account for holds in each of the areas above on or before March 27, 2017.  Removal of the hold(s) will be granted once the required task has been completed.   In order to achieve complete administrative clearance, no holds should remain on the student account after the April 28, 2017 deadline.

 *All items checked out from the Woodruff Library must be returned by 5 p.m. on April 28, 2017. Any fines and fees owed for overdue and/or lost items must also be paid to the Library no later than 5 p.m. on April 28, 2017.

STEP 5. Attend ALL Senior Class Meetings to ensure you are receiving pertinent information and updates

DATE

DAY

TIME

LOCATION

March 21, 2017

Tuesday

6pm-7pm

Bank Of America Auditorium

April 11, 2017 

Tuesday

6pm-7pm

Bank Of America Auditorium

April 25, 2017 

Tuesday

6pm-7pm

Bank Of America Auditorium

May 2, 2017 

Tuesday

6pm-7pm

Bank Of America Auditorium

STEP 6. 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:

The web address for the Commencement website: http://www.morehouse.edu/commencement

  • Where you stand with respect to graduation and your eligibility to participate in Commencement. In particular, if your graduation audit statement, midterm grades, outstanding financial obligations, or any other reason suggest that you may not be able to satisfy graduation requirements or participate in commencement, please begin to have that conversation with your family now.

STEP 7. Complete the semester with excellence: Exams for seniors are on April 27th and April 28th, 2017. 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 8. Check your name for graduation and commencement participation: From Monday, May 8th through Thursday, May 11th, the Office of Records and Registration will post two distinct lists outside of Gloster Hall Room 106.  

  • List One:  Cleared as a Graduate
  • List Two:  Cleared for Commencement Participation
  • Your name will only be posted if you have fulfilled both Academic and Administrative Clearance

If your name does not appear on either list, you have not met the appropriate academic or administrative criteria for participation or full clearance. Friday, May 12th is the only day that Registrar’s Office staff members will be available to see students concerning clearance eligibility or disputes. 

Registrar’s Office staff will not be available from Monday, May 8th through Thursday, May 11th to speak with students. All Registrar staff will be fully engaged in the graduation clearance process.

STEP 9. 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 8th. Please pick up your regalia before 10:00 am 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 to see where you should be on each of these days