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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 unfortunately, the College is not positioned to provide travel assistance for graduates. Travel safely.

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 using COVID-19 Emergency Funding provided by alumni and friends

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 have confirmed Commencement will take place on campus depending on the number graduates returning.

When will Morehouse announce the valedictorian and salutatorian?

  • These honors will be announced after all final grades have been submitted, verified and posted. No later than June 7th

When will Morehouse announce the Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers? 

  • Speakers for each event will be announced by Homecoming (October 17, 2020).
  • We have extended invitations to the speakers and have reconfirmed them for the new dates.

What will happen to Senior Week?

  • The Graduating Class leadership will determine the details about new graduates’ weekend. The Senior Class President will communicate the details.

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

  • Not at this time. Unfortunately, we are looking into options that allow us to host recognition events. The first will be the E.B. Williams Honors for Business and Finance majors hosted virtually on May 14, 2020.

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 by June 30, 2020
  • We know the disruption caused by coronavirus pandemic has been stressful, but we hope you and your family will attend the rescheduled ceremonies in December. We are doing our very best to preserve the memories of your matriculation at Morehouse.

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

  • Yes. Major departments have submitted names of seniors who will be recognized for their outstanding achievement with various awards and honors. Please email your advisor or the senior support specialist for more information. 

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. Please expect an email requesting you to confirm you cap and Gown size beginning May 1st.  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. These items can be mailed as early as June 30, 2020. 

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

  • Our current plan is to meet on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 2 p.m.
  • The back-up plan is Saturday morning in Sale Hall Chapel, December 12, 2020 at 9 a.m.

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

  • Not at this time. Commencement Ceremonies have been rescheduled to December and we hope everyone is able to attend to participate in the graduation services. 

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 September 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?

  • You will not be able to participate in the December ceremony as final grades would not be received and posted in time to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. You will be able to participate in the May 2021 ceremony.

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?

  • 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 encouraged students to participate in the online instruction through the rest of this current semester or risk not qualifying for graduation.
  • The academic calendar listed the last date to withdraw as May 1. After this date, you were 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. You will have the option of selecting Pass/Fail for the final grade as well. (See section on Pass/Fail in FAQs for more details)

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 there 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. We have developed options to an on campus Commencement in December. Participation in May 2021 is also an option for you.

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.