Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is the date of Commencement? Time(s)? Location?
- What time do doors open for the Commencement ceremony?
- Is there a rehearsal?
- Do my family and/or friends need tickets to attend Commencement?
- Will there be a live webcast of Commencement?
- Is there reserved seating for wheelchair guests or guests with mobility concerns?
- Is there shuttle transportation on campus?
- Where do I return my cap and gown after the Commencement ceremony?
- When can I pick up my cap and gown?
- Will photos be taken of graduates?
- Where should I park?
- Can I decorate my graduation cap?
- When will my diploma be available for pickup?
- Is stepping, marching, or strolling allowed during the commencement ceremony?
Graduates should park in the new parking area located next to the Research and Extension Complex. Faculty and staff with credentials may park in the rear section of Spinks-Casem Stadium. Parking for those with a VIP parking pass will be available at the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. Guest parking will be available in all marked parking areas with the exception of the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex and Spinks-Casem Stadium parking areas. Available parking areas include the Center for Ecology and Natural Resources, Willie Mae Latham Taylor Park, Extension and Research Complex, Jesse A. Morris Sr./W.C. Boykin Agricultural Science Building and the K.L. Simmons Sr. Technology Building.
Diplomas will be available immediately after commencement exercise until 12:00 noon in the Whitney Complex. After returning caps and gowns to room 201, graduate students may retrieve diplomas in room 202 and undergraduate students may retrieve diplomas in rooms 203. The Office of Student Records staff will release diplomas only upon proper presentment of an Alcorn Goldcard, state-issued I.D., or driver’s license. We look forward to serving you as an alumnus of this great institution.
In honor of our graduates, it is the intention of the University to afford the highest level of dignity to the commencement program. All graduates are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this standard. Please follow directions given by the commencement marshals and other officials. There should be no individual or group stepping, marching, or strolling (vis-à-vis sororities or fraternities) at any point during the ceremony. Failure to adhere to this standard will result in a fine of $500.