Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the location of Spring 2021 Commencement?
  • The Commencement Exercises will occur on the Century Campus with limited seating reserved for the platform party, faculty, graduates, and up to four seats per graduate.
Century Campus is our original campus quadrangle and green bordered by many of our oldest and most revered buildings, Graves Hall, Robert Hall, Sale Hall, Hope Hall, Merrill Hall, Danforth Chapel, and the Nabrit Mapp McBay Building.
How many tickets will be available for May Commencement?
  • Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines governing limitations for large gathering events, each graduate will receive up to four tickets per person of any age for your guests.

    Baccalaureate and Commencement events of the weekend will premiere live on Morehouse's YouTube so that everyone can have a front-row seat to celebrate your success and enjoy your special day.
What will the format be for Commencement Weekend's events, considering the current concerns of the pandemic?
  • At this time, Morehouse College elected to hold in-person Commencement for the Spring semester to honor our graduates' achievements while protecting the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and the entire Morehouse community.
Who is eligible to participate in the May 2021 Commencement?
  • Class of 2020 graduates (Summer 2019-Spring 2020)
  • Summer and Fall 2020 graduates
  • Spring 2021 candidates meet their degree, administrative, and financial requirements.
  • Although you will be a graduate of the College once you have met the academic requirements, you will not be able to participate in Commencement events if all fees, including outstanding balances, are not satisfied with Student Financial Services by March 31, 2021. Prior outstanding balances must be cleared up at least 30 days (about 4 and a half weeks) before the end of the semester.

    The Summer 2019 – Spring 2020 graduate sign up deadline was April 1.

    The deadline for application submission and fee payment for the Class of 2021 is April 9, 2021.
What does my graduation fee cover?
  • The one-time graduation fee of $503.00 is assessed at the time of application submission. Graduation fees cover a substantial portion of the cost of Commencement. This includes speaker honoraria, diplomas, diploma covers, caps, gowns, hoods, honor cords, event production (programming for in-person and virtual events), seating, shipping costs, as well as commemorative, digital, and printed programs. This fee applies whether or not the graduate chooses to participate in the Commencement activities.
When can families begin to make travel and accommodation plans for May 16, 2021?
  • Beginning March 13, 2021, those who register for Commencement can make hotel reservations at one of our recommended hotel partners. We have reserved rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

    The room rates will be available through April 20. Remember, there is a max of four tickets per graduate.
When will Morehouse announce the Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers?
  • We will announce the Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers on April 16, 2021.
Will my cap and gown be shipped in advance?
  • Yes. All regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel, and Honor cords) for prospective Spring 2021 graduates will be shipped by March 20 as part of your graduation fee. The Morehouse Bookstore will solicit your cap and gown size and send it to the address indicated in your graduation application. If you are in Atlanta and prefer to pick-up your cap and gown, you must inform Cedric Hughes at c.hughes@follett.com of your intent to do so.

    If you graduated Summer 2019-Fall 2020 and have not received your regalia, please email the Morehouse Bookstore at c.hughes@follet.com.
How can I order my graduation invitations?
When will Morehouse announce the Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian?
  • We expect to announce these earned positions once final grades are posted.
When will Class honors and awards be recognized for Spring 2021?
  • We recognize academic achievement on Scholars' Day and Seniors' Day Crown Forums on April 15 and 23, respectively. At that time, we will announce ranking scholars from the Class of 2021 in our Virtual Crown Forum format and digital program.
Will there be a Military Commissioning Ceremony?
  • At present, the Navy and Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony takes place on Friday, May 14. As part of our traditional Commencement program, we will swear-in our new Military officers and honor their service to the nation. More information on this ceremony will be forthcoming.
Who should my family contact if there are questions about registering for Commencement events?
  • Should you, your parents, or guardians have questions regarding Commencement events, email the Office of External Relations at commencement@morehouse.edu.

    We realize that the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone, but we hope you and your family will join us for our activities this year.
What are the plans for the Alumni Rite of Final Passage Ceremony?
  • We will hold the Alumni Rite of Final Passage virtually at 4 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021. The attire for this activity will be your cap, gown, and hood and will be the only event held on Friday afternoon. Parents and guardians are invited to participate virtually.
Will alumni reunion activities occur during our Commencement Weekend 2021?
  • In consultation with the COVID-19 taskforce, all reunion activities, including the General Body Meeting of the Traditional Alumni-Senior Day events, will be held in a virtual-only format this year. No in-person reunion gatherings are planned. Alumni will be invited on Sunday morning to form the Alumni corridor.
What is the Rain Plan for Spring 2021 Commencement?
  • The Commencement event will be held rain or shine
  • There will be no alternative indoor plan this year
  • Please check the local weather reports for the latest weather information
  • Everyone should dress appropriately based on the weather reports
  • In case of torrential or severe weather, we will notify all graduates and guests of delays or postponement of our programming at least four hours in advance
  • If the virus worsens or the weather is too dangerous to proceed, we will notice at least 72-hours before deploying our alternate Commencement plan
HEALTH AND SAFETY
What precautions are being considered for guests attending Commencement events at Morehouse?
  • Limited PPE resources will be available for guests, along with hand sanitizer stations
  • COVID-19 containment and prevention guidelines will be visible and enforced
What expectations does the College have for graduates and guests?
  • All graduates will be seated six feet apart and will proceed to the Century Campus in such a way that ensures the health and safety of our program participants and guests
  • All guests and program participants must wear masks and/or face shields at all times while on campus, except when speaking at the podium
  • All guests must remain in the Family Pod and maintain six feet social distance between each guest's pod
  • All guests are strongly encouraged to take one of the approved vaccines before attending the event
  • Students, faculty, staff, and guests risk being turned away for failing to follow health and safety guidelines