Commencement Ceremonies

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Commencement Day is a long-honored tradition at Ole Miss. The program on the Ole Miss Commencement Day involves five major segments:

Part One
Pick up your cap and gown Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, Room 405A Student Union. Caps and Gowns may also be picked up on Graduation Day between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. in Room 405A Student Union. Reader cards are available for regional campus graduates at the Coliseum prior to the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Oxford Campus graduates reader cards are available Thursday, May 5 through Friday, May 13 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in Holman 252.

Part Two
The Morning Exercise in the Grove is ceremonial, and all graduates of the University participate. Graduates from each school sit together, and at the appropriate moment, they rise and are presented by the school's Dean to the Chancellor of the University. The Provost confers the degrees en masse. Individual diplomas are not given at this time.

Seating for guests in the Morning Exercise is not limited.  The important note is that diplomas are not awarded at the Morning Exercise in the Grove.

Part Three
The School of Business ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. following the morning program in the Grove. This ceremony takes place in the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite to the Ceremony in the Coliseum.

Part Four
The 11:00 a.m. exercise in the Coliseum features short speeches by the Dean of the School of Business and Presidents of the 2016 MBA Class and the 2016 Undergraduate Class. Your attendance is encouraged.

Part Five
Regalia will be returned at designated areas at the conclusion of the 11:00 a.m. exercise.

Guests with Disabilities
There is a reserved and accessible seating section available for individuals with disabilities in the Grove and Coliseum on Commencement Day. University and Public Events will have this information at a later date and we will provide the link when it becomes available.

Transportation and Parking
Parking at Ole Miss on the day of Commencement is limited. Please view updated information regarding Commencement Week Parking.

2016 Commencement Events

Friday, May 13, 2016
4:00 p.m. - Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Ceremony
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. - Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. -  Convocation - The Grove
Speaker - To be determined at a later date
Presentation of Diplomas and Awards

11:00 a.m. - School of Business Administration
C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum

Commencement Photographs

A professional photographer will be at the Coliseum Ceremony to take photos of students as they receive their diploma cover.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase individual photos for family and friends at a later date.

School of Business Administration Commencement (May 14, 2016)

University Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the Grove
School of Business Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum

Proper Academic Regalia is required for both ceremonies
Attendance at both ceremonies is expected

9:00 a.m.  University-Wide Grove Exercise

Report to the Union Plaza (the terrace in front of the Union) no later than 8:30 a.m. to line up.  The processional will begin at 9:00 a.m.  The lineup for marching into the Grove is:

1. Class Marshal


4. Faculty - random order in front of line

2. Standard Bearer

5. MBA’s - random order

3. Faculty Marshal

6. Undergraduates - random order

Graduates will proceed in random order behind the MBA’s.  There is no formal recessional at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. ceremony.

11:00 a.m.  School of Business Administration Exercise

Candidates for the School of Business (both baccalaureate and MBA’s) will line up on the concourse  of the coliseum immediately following the 9:00 a.m. ceremony in the Grove and no later than 10:30 a.m.

Undergraduate candidates whose last name begins with

A—L should report to Portal 10. 

Undergraduate candidates whose last name begins with

M—Z report to Portal 3. 

Candidates for the MBA will report to Portal 3.

Click here for the Map of Coliseum and Business School Ceremony

Bring your reader’s card to the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.  Present the card to the person assisting the reader.  Your name will be announced according to the information on the card.  Candidates must be in line on time in order to participate in the processional which begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp.  Graduates will be guided by the Class Marshal and appointed faculty members.

Message From The Dean

Dear Graduate,

Commencement exercises for all graduates are on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Grove. Business students should arrive on the Union Plaza dressed in proper academic regalia at 8:30 a.m.

A separate ceremony for business students will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. in the Coliseum.  You should arrive at the Coliseum in proper academic regalia immediately following the 9:00 a.m. ceremony in the Grove and no later than 10:30 a.m. Diploma covers will be presented to students earning the baccalaureate and master’s degree.  There is no limit on the number of guests. 

It is especially important for you to pick up your reader’s card in Holman 252 starting on Thursday, May 5 and ending with Friday, May 13.  The card includes your name, processional placement number and processional instructions.  There is no formal recessional at the end of the ceremony.

In order for you to receive your commencement photograph, please include on the back of your reader’s card a valid email address.  The reader’s card is required for participation in the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Business Administration, congratulations on your academic accomplishments! We are pleased to have you as a graduate of the University Of Mississippi School Of Business Administration and wish you great success.


Ken B. Cyree

Map of Coliseum and Business School Ceremony

General Instructions for the University Ceremony