Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the official date of the Fall Commencement 2020 weekend?

Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13, 2020.

What is the format for commencement weekend considering the heightened concerns of the coronavirus?

Based on COVID-19 conditions, we decided to implement our virtual commencement plan to keep you, your family, and all Morehouse community members safe.

If scheduled to complete my graduation requirements during the Fall Semester, will I finish in time to walk with the Class of 2020?

Yes. You may participate in the December ceremony. We will count you as a December 2020 graduate seated with the Class of 2020.

Will graduation fees be discounted or refunded for a December commencement?

No. Graduation fees are non-refundable. We assess a one-time, non-refundable fee of $503 per graduating senior applicant as a blended graduation fee. On-campus and off-campus graduates pay the same fee. The fee applies whether the graduating applicant chooses to participate or not in commencement activities.

What does my graduation fee cover?

We found that graduation fees did not cover the full cost for either in-person or virtual programming when considering all the costs associated with hosting a virtual or in-person commencement experience. Graduation fees cover the cost of diplomas, diploma covers, caps, gowns, hoods, honor cords, production and programming costs, shipping costs, ceremonial pins, and commemorative digital and printed commencement programs honoring your achievements.

Will travel be required to return in December for commencement?

No. Due to the pandemic and safety restrictions, you will not travel for our virtual commencement. Additionally, you may not access the Atlanta University Center and Morehouse campus at this time.

Will the number of tickets per family change for a December Commencement?

Yes. There are no limits on the number of virtual tickets you may request. Everyone will have the same front-row seat.

Has Morehouse announced the valedictorian and salutatorian?

Class valedictorian is Golden Daka '20, B.A., psychology, Washington, DC

Class salutatorian is Huiet Joseph '20, B.S., chemistry, Atlanta, GA

When will Morehouse announce the commencement and Baccalaureate speakers?

We are pleased to announce the following:

Baccalaureate Speaker
Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant '93, senior pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Candidate
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman, and managing director, General Catalyst Partners, and former chairman and CEO of American Express

Our other honorary degree candidates are:

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, 7th president of Spelman College and past president of Bennett College and immediate past president of the National Council for Negro Women

Dr. Mack Roach III '75, renowned oncologist and prostate cancer research scientist, University of California, San Francisco

Will my cap, gown, and degree, be shipped to me?

Yes. All graduation regalia for 2020 graduates is shipped to you as part of your graduation fee. Fall 2020 graduates will have cap, gowns, and hoods shipped by November 30. We know the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been stressful. Still, we hope you and your families will attend the rescheduled ceremonies virtually as the risk of COVID-19 continues to impact the nation and world. We are doing our very best to preserve your Morehouse memories.

Will my honors and awards be reflected digitally and in a printed program?

Yes. Academic programs provide their ranking scholars from the Class of 2020 to list in our printed program.

Will seniors take a class picture photo this year?

Unfortunately, the virtual setting doesn't allow for in-person photos. We will create a composite photo for your class picture this year. 

If I participate in the December commencement virtually, can I also participate in the May 2021 commencement and still be counted with the Class of 2020?

Yes, if you informed us by April 1, 2020.

Since the pandemic is still an issue in October, could the December graduation date be changed again?

No. We understand that families need time to plan for the December ceremony.

When will we receive our final pins and diploma covers?

We will send final ceremonial pins in time for the Virtual Alumni Rite of Passage and Parents Pinning Ceremonies. Diploma covers will arrive at your home during the week of December 13. If you have additional questions regarding your academic completion, please contact the Office of Records and Registration at records@morehouse.edu. Should you have questions regarding the Virtual Ceremonial events, please contact the Office of External Relations at commencement@morehouse.edu. We will work to respond to all submissions within 48 hours.