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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the date of Commencement? Time(s)? Location?

This year’s Commencement Exercise will be held Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus.

What time do doors open for the Commencement ceremony?

Doors will open at 6:00 a.m.

Do guests need tickets to attend Commencement?

Yes. The 2019 Spring Commencement will be a ticketed event. However, a ticket is not needed for the overflow venues.

Do I need a ticket for myself?

No. Graduates will not need a ticket.

How many tickets will I receive?

Graduate students will receive six (6) and first-time baccalaureate students will receive eight (8) tickets for their guest.

Do I need tickets for the overflow venues?

No. Attendees will only need tickets for entrance into the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex.

Will there be a live webcast of Commencement?

Yes. The live webcast can be viewed the day of Commencement at www.alcorn.edu.

Is there a rehearsal?

Yes. Rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. All graduates are required to attend.

Will photos be taken of graduates?

Yes. Take your graduation photo and receive a FREE 5x7 print Friday, May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. Check your Alcorn email for updates and more details.

When can I pick up my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns will be issued Wednesday - Thursday, May 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Multipurpose Room.

Can I decorate my graduation cap?

Yes. Elevated designs, however, are not permitted.

Where do I return my cap and gown after the Commencement ceremony?

Return your cap and gown immediately following Commencement to room 201 in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex.

When will my diploma be available for pickup?

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.

Is there reserved seating for wheelchair guests or guests with mobility concerns?

Yes. Reserved seating is available for wheelchair guests or guests with mobility concerns. Individuals will be directed to this location by Commencement staff. One guest may accompany each wheelchair guest or guest with mobility concerns.

Is there shuttle transportation on campus?

Shuttle transportation will be available on Commencement for wheelchair guests or guests with mobility concerns.

Where should I park?

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.

Is stepping, marching, or strolling allowed during the commencement ceremony?

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.