Attention 2016 Graduating Students!
Congratulations, students, you are almost there!
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- For undergraduate students who are approaching graduation, schedule your core/major/degree
audit with the Office of Records. Learn more about the audit process. Meeting with the Office of Records for your audit ensures you have all classes you
need to graduate. During this meeting, you will also need to apply for graduation
by filling out this form. On that form, you will need to include cap, gown, and diploma order information.
- For graduate students who are approaching graduation, meet with Graduate School’s
Director of Administration, Naomi Freeman, to ensure you have all the classes you need to graduate. Also be sure to fill out
this form for the Office of Records to make your intent to graduate official and to order your
cap, gown, and diploma.
- Check with your parents or guardians to make sure they have received detailed information
from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations regarding commencement and hotels. Any questions may be directed to this office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Lee Anne Bryan at 601-974-1007.
- Order your graduation announcements/invitations from the Bookstore/Herff Jones so you can mail your family and friends invites to the commencement ceremony. While
you can order as early as February, the deadline for ordering is Friday, April 1.
- Check Commencement information for details on times and locations.
- M.Acc. and M.B.A. degree candidates or undergraduate degree students completing the
Honors Program may wish to purchase academic hoods. Students who are candidates for summer graduation
may purchase a hood, but they will not be hooded during the ceremony. The cost of
a hood is $100. Contact the Office of Records by Monday, March 28, to order your hood, and make payment to the Business Office by noon on Friday, May 6.
- If you are a federal student loan borrower, be sure to attend mandatory exit counseling
with the Office of Financial Aid.
- If you are a borrower from a Perkins Loan, be sure to attend mandatory exit counseling
with the Business Office.
- Start figuring out what you want to wear to Commencement. Proper Commencement attire
includes cap and gown. Underneath, women should wear dark shoes, dark dress, and small
earrings. Men should wear dark shoes, dark pants, and a white shirt. For all students,
the mortar board must be on at all times. The only exception is that men should remove
their mortar boards as indicated by the actions of the Vice President and Dean of
- For undergraduates, the Writing Center invites submissions of Core 10 essays for consideration
for this year's Laney Award. This is one of three awards presented at Commencement.
Read more about the Laney award and how to submit (PDF). Submissions are due by Monday, April 25.
- Pick up your cap and gown from the bookstore on Wednesday, May 4, Thursday, May 5,
or Friday, May 6 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. prior to Saturday’s graduation.
- Undergraduates, attend The Last Hurrah on Thursday evening, May 5, 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. Register here.
- Attend graduation rehearsal Friday, May 6 at 2 p.m. The rehearsal is mandatory for
all degree candidates (both undergraduate and graduate). We will meet in the Recital
Hall in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex and then move to the Bowl. If you have
a conflict, please contact Dr. Nathan Shrader at email@example.com or call 601.974.1438.
- At rehearsal, be sure to fill out the graduate information sheet for the Alumni Office so we can keep up to date with you as an alum.
- Also fill out the Career Center survey.
- Meet with the Post Office about having your mail forwarded from your campus box to
a new address. You’ll need to fill out this form to have mail forwarded.
- Order any official transcripts you may need to be sent to graduate school or your
new employer. Order them through the Office of Records.
- Attend the Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 6. The service begins at 6 p.m. at
Galloway United Methodist Church. Graduates will meet in the church gathering area and line up on the mezzanine level.
Academic attire (caps and gowns) are required.
- On Saturday, May 7, at 8:30 a.m., degree candidates will meet in the atrium of the
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex where they will secure their numbered cards. Academic attire
(caps and gowns) is required. At 9:30 a.m., Commencement activities will begin in
the Bowl. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Christ United Methodist Church at 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211. Please note that if commencement exercises are moved to Christ United Methodist Church,
the start time will be moved back one hour to 10:30 a.m.
- After commencement, please return your gowns no later than 11:45 a.m. in the Gertrude
C. Ford Academic Complex Atrium first floor. In case of rain, graduates will be notified
of a different location for robe return. You can keep your cap!
- If you would like to purchase any Millsaps gifts, accessories, or apparel, the bookstore
is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of Commencement (except during the ceremony).
You can also order online later.
- Residence Halls and Fraternity Houses will close Saturday, May 7 at 5 p.m. In addition,
your Millsaps ID card will no longer work several days after the term ends.
- After you have left campus and are settled, don’t forget to order photos from Commencement.
- Information Technology Services (ITS) will disable and delete your @millsaps.edu email address in early September after
you have graduated. If you plan on attending graduate school at Millsaps College,
please let ITS know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so they do not disable/delete your account. If you are not continuing your education
at Millsaps, be sure to clean out your email and start letting your contacts know
of your new (non-Millsaps) email address before September’s deletion.