Commencement Office
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Graduation Checklist for Undergraduates

Steps to Graduation

    • Read the Prerequisites for Applying to Graduate
    • Return to your My Memphis portal. Click on the My Degree tab and then locate the Commencement channel to access Step 2-Apply to Graduate.  



    • Diploma Mailing and Cap and Gown Order Form
      • Required by all graduating students at the time they submit their applications whether attending or not.
      • Will only have access to this if you have done Step 1 and Step 2
      • Login to your My Memphis Portal here. Click on the My Degree tab and then locate the Commencement channel to access Step 3
      • In Step 3, you will choose three things:
        • Diploma and program Name--You need to choose this at the time you complete the form
        • You need to choose this at the time you complete the form.
        • Diploma Mailing Address
        • Cap and Gown Measurements

Completion of Step 2 and Step 3, Diploma Mailing and Cap and Gown Form, is required of all students who are applying to graduate whether or not you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony. Step 4, Ceremony attendance or non-attendance information will be collected in your final semester.

    • Step 4- The Attendance/Non-Attendance Card--Completed within the semester you are graduating (final semester)
      • You will receive an email to your Memphis email account from the Commencement Office during your final semester. Within the attendance card, you will find the following requirements:
      • All items are required and must be answered and submitted.
      • If is your responsibility to ensure your name is in the program and accurate. If you have questions, email us at

Graduation Term Completion of the Attendance/Non-Attendance Card

  • May complete starting in February 
  • August complete starting in June/July
  • December complete starting in October

Further Important Information

 It is a FEDERAL financial aid requirement that all student loan borrowers complete the Exit Counseling on-line at www.studentloans.govThis mandate is required by law.   Confirmation of the Exit Counseling will be forwarded to the Student Financial Aid Office in about three (3) business days from completion.  If you have any questions, contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (901) 678-4825 or via e-mail at

  • Read Important Guidelines and Certification Disclaimer
  • Diplomas are mailed two-three months after graduation. For more information, click here
  • Diplomas are ordered from the program. So, please ensure your name is correct. Any name changes or corrections after diplomas are ordered may result in an additional fee up to $50.00. Please ensure you have checked the program by the deadline provided and complete all four (4) Steps to Graduation

(To be completed ONE/TWO days prior to Graduation). See details for time and location.

  • Students attending the Commencement exercises must complete the following:

(To be completed immediately following graduation)

  • Pay all University fees. To clear any outstanding debts, please contact the University Bursar's Office (901-678-5579)
    • Students with financial holds through the University will be unable to receive their diploma until the hold is cleared.

*The Attendance/Non-Attendance Required Form
*Graduating Senior Survey
*Update diploma Mailing Address

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Commencement Office | 101 Brister Hall | Phone: 901/678-5547 | Fax: 901/678-4928 | Email:
Last Updated: 10/23/14