Steps to Graduation
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the University of Memphis. Please
read the information below in its entirety before submitting your application to graduate.
The information provided will assist you in successfully completing the graduation
Special Notes: The May (spring) Commencement always has the possibility of changing dates due to the Grizzlies playoff schedule. Please
plan and have guests plan accordingly (Saturday or Sunday event possibility). We have
more information on our main website www.memphis.edu/commencement.
If you are graduating in the May (spring) Commencement ceremonies, we highly recommend and encourage you to speak to your guests to plan for Commencement weekend,
pending further information regarding the Grizzlies NBA Playoff Schedule. We recommend
booking any return flights (transportation) either late on Sunday (depending on the
graduating students college or school) or Monday morning following Commencement. Please
share the spring possible back up date information with all guests (immediate and
extended family and friends). We appreciate your help in helping us spread the word.
Confirmation of actual dates and times will be sent out via the graduating students
Memphis email account, on our website and @UoMCommencement (Twitter).
Update your name with the Registrar's Office, if it is not in our University system. Your name in the program and on the diploma
must be the same and must reflect your name in the University's system. The only acceptable
change of name is full middle name to middle initial, if the full spelling is in the
University's system. For more information on how to update your name, visit http://www.memphis.edu/registrar/forms.htm.
In system as John Tiger Doe, we will allow John T. Doe
|In system only as Jane Doe, we will NOT allow Jane Marie Doe, unless the form above is used to add the full spelling of the
Deadlines to Apply to Graduate: Click here
- When you proceed to Step Two – Apply to Graduate – and are required to select a term,
choose the most recent term or the term in which you were last enrolled in your degree-seeking
program (degree, majors, concentrations, and/or minors).
- Once your application to graduate has been submitted, any changes must be routed through
your Graduation Analyst. You can view your submitted application by selecting "View
Application to Graduate".
- You must complete an application to graduate for each degree. For example, select
the College of Arts and Sciences' Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology.
Submit the application. Return to Apply to Graduate to select your second degree,
complete the application, and submit.
- If you plan to graduate with more than one degree and the degrees will be completed
in different terms, you must complete the Diploma Mailing/Cap and Gown Information
form for each of the terms (i.e. Fall 2013 for Bachelor of Arts and Spring 2014 for
Bachelor of Science).
Requirements to Apply
- For undergraduates- 80 Earned hours, 1.95 GPA
- For graduates- 3.00 GPA
- For law- 55 hours, 1.90 GPA
Undergraduate Students: If you have attended another college or university, having transfer credit in UMdegree
is essential for the graduation checkout to be accurate. Please notify your advisor
if you have missing transfer credits. For further questions about academic coursework,
please contact your Graduation Analyst.
Graduate Students: All degree seeking student filing for graduation are required to submit candidacy
forms (masters/doctoral/certificate program/ EDS Program of Study and Candidacy Form)
for processing by the Graduate School. Signatures are required from the departmental
advisor, graduate studies coordinator, and College Director of Graduate Studies.
Candidacy forms received by the College Director of Graduate Studies after the semester
deadline will not be approved; therefore, we strongly recommend that you submit the
form to your departmental advisor at least one to two weeks prior to the college directors'
deadline. Proceed to the Graduate School website and click on "Graduation Information" to obtain the required form(s), deadlines and additional information pertaining
If you have previously filed for graduation and did not meet all degree requirements,
it will not be necessary to submit a new candidacy form unless you have made significant
changes to your degree program. For further information about your academic coursework,
please contact the Graduate School.
Law Students: Students must return the Law School Graduation Checklist to the Law Registrar prior
to completing the Application to Graduate. For further information about your academic
coursework, contact the Law School Registrar.
News from the Commencement Office
- Undergraduate Diplomas only reflect the degree and any honors distinctions and departmental
honors. Majors and Concentrations are available on your transcripts ONLY.
- Some Graduate Diplomas, including Doctoral degrees, lists the degree only on the diploma.
Majors and Concentrations are available on your transcripts.
- All students in the program are walking based on their prior semester gpa. Any changes
in honors will be reflected on the undergraduate diploma at the time of certification.
Graduate School diplomas do NOT denote any honors.
- Spring graduation may conflict with the Grizzlies playoff schedule so there could
be a possible date change. If you are graduating in the spring semester, read about
- Second majors and second concentrations do not participate in the Commencement ceremony.
They do not walk. They are not listed in the program and they do not receive a second
diploma. For example, in May 2011, student received a Bachelor of Professional Studies
with a concentration Health Services degree, and returned in May 2012 and added a
concentration within Professional Studies. In May 2012, student received a Bachelor
of Arts degree with a major in English, and returns in December 2012 and gets a second
major in History. These are the same degree, so no second diploma, program name or
- Graduate Certificate ONLY students do not participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Names are listed in the spring Commencement program only.
- Step 4-The Attendance/Non-Attendance Card is required for both students participating in the Commencement ceremony (walking) and for students
not planning to participate (non-walking). This includes all levels of students: doctoral,
masters, law and undergraduates. Attendance is collected by semester so only the current
semester graduating student fills out the form. Ceremony attendance information will
be collected by the Commencement Office during the middle of your graduating semester. See
below for when you need to fill out your card.
||Complete the Attendance/Non-Attendance Card
Call 901-678-5547 with questions.
Return to your myMemphis portal. Click on the My Degree tab and then locate the Commencement
channel to access Step 2, Apply to Graduate. Completion of Step 2 and Step 3, Diploma Mailing/Cap and Gown Form, is required of all students who are applying to graduate whether or not you plan
to attend the Commencement ceremony. Again, actual ceremony attendance and/or non-attendance information
will be collected mid-term of your graduating semester.
I have read all of this, and I have more questions. Read FAQs or contact the Commencement Office at 901-678-5547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.