Commencement 2015

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Congratulations Graduates!

Alcorn State University will hold its 143rd Commencement Exercise on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex at Alcorn State University. The decorum of this occasion dictates that certain formalities are observed. Therefore, we ask that all candidates and guests respect the importance and dignity of this occasion.


Commencement Events and Locations

Wednesday, May 7

10:00 a.m. School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences Congratulatory Ceremony, Ray Johnson Assembly Center

1:00 p.m. School of Education and Psychology Teacher Induction Ceremony, Oakland Memorial Chapel

5:00 p.m. Graduate Studies Reception, Dr. Clinton Bristow, Jr. Dining Facility-Gold Room

Thursday, May 8

1:00 p.m. School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

3:00 p.m. School of Arts and Sciences Congratulatory Ceremony, James L. Bolden Campus Union Ballroom

5:00 p.m. School of Business Pinning Ceremony, Dr. Clinton Bristow, Jr. Dining Facility-Gold Room

6:00 p.m. International and Multicultural Student Congratulatory, J.D. Boyd Library-Medgar Wiley Evers Auditorium

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cap and Gown pick-up, James L. Bolden Campus Union Multi-purpose room (old bookstore location)

Friday, May 9

9:00 a.m. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Oakland Memorial Chapel

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cap and Gown pick-up, James L. Bolden Campus Union Multi-purpose room (old bookstore location)

5:00 p.m. Commencement Convocation Rehearsal, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

Saturday, May 10

6:30 a.m. Commencement Line-up, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

8:05 a.m. Commencement Line of March, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

8:30 a.m. Commencement Convocation, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

Our 2014 Graduates

The site contains an unofficial list of candidates for graduation on May 10, 2014, and a list of graduates who completed degrees in December 2013. The list of May graduates is accurate as possible. However, because of deadlines, names of some degree recipients may not appear, while names of degree candidates may appear even though they have not completed their degree requirements.

The University's official registry for conferral of degrees is the Office of the Registrar, 1000 ASU Drive #420, Lorman, MS 39096.

Prospective Undergraduates

Prospective Graduates



Handicapped Accommodations

Special seating will be designated for your guests with special needs for Commencement. Due to limited seating, graduates are limited to one adult to accompany your guest. Please make these arrangements with your family and friends before the ceremony. Ushers will be available to escort your special needs guest to the designated seating area.




Graduates should allow extra travel time to arrive on campus for the line-up and ceremony. Parking has been designated for graduates and Campus Police will be available to direct you to the assigned areas.



General Information

Caps and Gowns

  • Bachelor Graduates - The tassel is to be worn on your right-hand side. During the ceremony you will be instructed to move the tassel to your left-hand side.
  • Master Graduates - Your tassel should be worn on your left-hand side since you have a Bachelor's degree. You will be issued a hood with the color that represents your program of study.
  • Gown Return - After the Commencement Ceremony, graduates will return your gown to Ticket Booth 13 which is adjacent to the parking lot of the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex.


Graduates should plan to check-in on Graduation Day at the designated time for the Line of March. Download the Commencement Day map for more details.

Graduation Plan Downstairs

Graduation Plan Upstairs


Help Desk

To assist with all issues and concerns that may arise during the Commencement Ceremony, the Help Desk will be located at the ticket booth on the outside of the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex.


Overflow Areas

Due to limited seating in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex, alternate sites will be available to seat family, guests, and friends. The designated locations are E. E. Simmons (Old Gym), James L. Bolden Campus Union, and the Ray Johnson Assembly Center. The Convocation can also be viewed online for family and friends unable to travel at, with a line stream beginning 15 minutes before the ceremony.

For additional information, please visit the links Message from the Provost, About Commencement, and Commencement Committee. Please share this website with your family and friends.