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Frequently Asked Questions

COMMENCEMENT 2020

Will my graduation fees change for a December Commencement?

  • No. The fee will be the same. There will be no increase.

Will I receive travel assistance to return for the December Commencement?

  • We hope everyone can make it back for the December ceremony but the College is not able to provide travel assistance.

Will assistance be available to help cover my graduation fees?

  • Graduation fees will continue to be the responsibility of each prospective graduate. If a prospective graduate is unable to cover his fee, there will be a form he can complete so we can assess the need on a case-by-case basis. 

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

  • No. It will remain 10 tickets per graduate. 

Will Commencement be outside?

  • The weather will likely be too cold to have families sitting outside for the ceremony. We will host it in one of the larger indoor facilities on campus.
  • We’ll have more details later this Spring and will keep everyone apprised.

When will Morehouse announce the valedictorian and salutatorian?

  • These positions will be announced soon after all final grades have been submitted and verified.

When will Morehouse announce the Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers? 

  • Speakers for each event will be announced by Homecoming (October 17, 2020).
  • Since we moved commencement and baccalaureate to December, we have extended invitations to the speakers and will need to confirm their availability for the new dates.

What will happen to Senior Week?

  • We will announce more details about senior week in the near future. 

Will I still be able to participate in a Senior Crown Forum that recognizes scholars for outstanding academic performance?

  • Not at this time. We are looking into options that allow us to host recognition ceremonies virtually. Expect to hear more information from Academic Affairs.

If I choose not to attend the December Commencement, will my cap, gown, and degree, be shipped to me at no cost?

  • Yes, the College will ship your cap, gown and degree to you at no cost.
  • We know the disruption caused by coronavirus pandemic has been stressful but we hope you and your families will attend the rescheduled ceremonies. We are doing our very best to preserve your memories of your days at Morehouse.

Will I still be eligible for induction to an honor society and be able to attend related events?

  • Yes. Major departments still recognize outstanding students with various awards and honors. Please email your major advisor or the senior support specialist. 

How will I be fitted for my cap and gown?

  • The process will be the same. We order an array of sizes that should accommodate all graduates.  For invitations and rings, you can go to https://www.jostens.com for more information.
  • The caps and gowns are generic sizes:
    • Gowns 4.1 ft to 6.7 ft
    • Caps: regular to extra-large

Will Morehouse mail my cap and gown to me early so that I can take graduation photos in my city for my family invitations?

  • Yes, as long as your name is on the official graduation list from the Registrar’s office. Morehouse will cover the cost.  

How will seniors meet early as a group to take a class picture?

  • Our current plan is to meet on Friday, December 11, 2020.
  • The back-up plan is Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Will I receive a refund on my graduation fees if I cannot go to the December Commencement?

  • No. Commencement has been rescheduled and we hope everyone can attend. 

If I choose not to attend Commencement, can I walk with the Class of 2021 instead at the 137th Commencement in May 2021?

  • Yes. You are more than welcome to choose this option. You must confirm by July 1, 2020.

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

  • No. You will not be able to participate in the December ceremony. However, you will be counted as a 2020 graduate. 

Can I participate in the Class of 2020 ceremonies in December if I choose not to participate in online instruction and instead use my tuition and meal credit to finish classes in-person at Morehouse during the Fall Semester?

  • No. The Fall 2020 semester does not end until the week of graduation. There wouldn’t be enough time to verify the completion of your academic requirements.
  • We strongly encourage students to participate in the online instruction through the rest of this current semester or risk not qualifying for graduation.
  • The academic calendar lists the last date to withdraw as March 30. After this date, you will be expected to complete all work for the course as a letter grade will be issued by each faculty member for the work completed in the course.

If the pandemic is still an issue, does Morehouse have the capacity for social distancing during a December graduation?

  • While we truly hope the pandemic will be contained soon this is out of our control and we will monitor the situation and continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other emergency management organizations to make a decision if this is still a concern in December. 

If the pandemic is still an issue, could the December graduation date be changed again?

  • We truly hope the pandemic will be contained soon. This is out of our control, but we will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds. As always, we will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other emergency management organizations to make a decision if this is still a concern in December.

If you have additional questions, please complete and submit the 2020 Commencement and Reunion Request for Information. The College will work to provide a response to all submissions within 24 to 48 hours.