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Complete the application for graduation


March 1, 2019
Order Cap and Gown (regalia) | BEFORE March 1st


March 18 - 21, 2019
(Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.;
Tuesday/Thursday, 12 – 8 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Senior Photos by Lifetouch
Visit www.ouryear.com (code: 721) to schedule an appointment or call 1.800.OUR-YEAR (687.9327)
 MLK Student Center, 1st Floor, TV Lounge 
April 3 - May 3, 2019
Monday - Friday
8;30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ticket Distribution | Students Must bring I.D
Students participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive 8 guest tickets. Tickets are free and are required for the May Commencement ceremony for everyone attending, including children.
Ticket Office in Memorial Hall Gym

April 8 - 9, 2019
11 a.m - 2 p.m.

Graduation Fair
(Eligible graduates can: Pick up cords, cap and gown–regalia; Order class rings; Order or pickup graduation announcements)
Bookstore, MLK Student Center
April 10, 2019 Deadline to apply for the President’s Leadership Award  
April 26, 2019 Reading Day  

April 29 - May 3, 2019

Finals Week 


Friday, May 10, 2019
9 a.m.

Rehearsal (Mandatory) 

Alumni Stadium 

Friday, May 10, 2019
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Senior Send-Off

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, 2nd Floor Parlors

Friday, May 10, 2019
5:00 p.m.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony (For graduating nursing students and their families) Academic Regalia Required

Theater, Education & Humanities (E&H) Building

Saturday,May 11, 2019
8:30 a.m.

Commencement LINEUP

Undergraduates – Outdoor basketball courts (between the MLKSC and WRC)

Faculty, Graduates (Master‘s degrees, EdD and PhD) – Indoor basketball court in the WRC


Saturday, May 11, 2019
10 a.m. (Processional starts at 9:30 a.m.) 


Commencement PARKING—on campus ONLY - parking at area businesses may get you ticketed/towed.


Alumni Stadium (There will be accommodations for the handicapped and hearing impaired.) – Commencement will be broadcast live on screens in the MLKSC, 2nd floor parlors as an alternative viewing location (Tickets Required)

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Immediately after Commencement
Pick Up Your Diploma | Students Must bring I.D
Immediately following Commencement until 2 p.m. 
Diplomas not picked up will be mailed in June
Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC)