Commencement Office
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Faculty Information

Upcoming Commencement Date and Time

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10 a.m.-Arts and Sciences, Communication and Fine Arts, University College and Doctoral Hoodings for these colleges

2 p.m.-Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Doctoral Hoodings for these colleges and schools

Read more about the Possible Date Change here. Please spread this information to guests.

and schools

Arrive between 30 minutes and 1 hour prior to the ceremony to line up.

Your department chairman has notified this office that you will participate in the summer ceremony  for Commencement.  Please review the following instructions and contact the Commencement Office with any questions.  There will be a Commencement crew assistant to help you with lineup and questions.

Arrive one hour to 30 mins prior to the event for lineup.

FedEx Forum
191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Printable directions

Parking is available in the FedExForum Garage for a charge of $5.00 per vehicle for the event.  Please allow ample time to find the Arena and wait in line to enter the parking garage. For more information on different parking options, please click HERE.

  • Enter the FedExForum through the front entrance, turn right down the main hallway and take the stairs or elevator to the event level. Follow the "Faculty" signs to the Faculty Room on the Event Level.  Beverages will be provided. The Faculty Room is where all faculty members gather and get ready for the processional. Crew members will be there to answer questions.


  • Please allow sufficient time to take your place in the processional line


  • The Procession begins promptly. Faculty seating is on the event floor, on both sides of the students. The ceremony will be approximately 2 hours long.


  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, leave the floor through the exits on either side of the stage when the Platform Party recesses.  Head straight ahead. Do not follow the Platform Party.


Cap and Gown Distribution Date, Times and Information

Thursday, May 8, 2014 (University Center Ballroom) 8:30 a.m. -6:00 p.m. & Friday, May 9, 2014 (University Center Ballroom) 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Must place your order by the deadline.



If you are interested in purchasing your own regalia, please see more information:

Hendricks Graduate Supply House: 1-800-844-5323 (Ext. 238)
Oak Hall: 1-800-223-0429

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