Graduate students may choose to participate in one of three University of Memphis
graduation ceremonies held at the end of spring, summer and fall semesters. Even
if a student chooses not to participate in the ceremony, he or she must follow the
procedures outlined below in order to graduate and receive a degree or certificate
from the University.
Be sure to carefully review the University of Memphis Commencement Office website.
All students must pay close attention to the deadlines established by the Department
of English and the Graduate School. If a student misses these deadlines, he or she will most likely be unable to graduate
until the following semester. These deadlines are published each semester on the Graduate
School website. It is the student's responsibility to submit all required academic
work and forms to the necessary faculty and administration well in advance of all
1. Relatively early in the semester in which you intend to graduate, you must apply
to graduate through the link in your MyMemphis portal. You can find a link to this
and all other graduation forms on the Graduate School's Forms page.
2. You also must file the appropriate candidacy form with the Graduate School (Doctoral Degree, Graduate Certificate Program or Master's
Degree). You will fill out this form online and print a copy to review with your faculty advisor.
Once you have obtained the required departmental signatures, submit a photocopy of
your candidacy form to the English Graduate Office (Patterson 425) and deliver the
original to Scates Hall to obtain the necessary signatures.
3. In the semester you intend to graduate, if you are an MA or MFA student, you must
sign up for and pass a Comprehensive Exam in your area. Early in the semester, a faculty member in charge of the Comprehensive
Exam Committee will schedule and publicize the date of the exam to all students graduating
4. If you are writing a thesis or dissertation, you must also follow the proper procedures
as outlined on the appropriate Department of English and Graduate School webpages.
If you have general questions about graduation or your specific problem with graduation
you may contact the Graduation Analyst, Michelle Stout at (901) 678-3560, Administration