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In the Now: Monthly FAQ

As the school year rolls on different situations and questions arise.  As a result, our more frequently asked questions for each month will be posted below.  If you do not see a topic covered, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page or feel free to e-mail us at

Important Dates and Deadlines

To stay up to date on all upcoming dates and deadlines, please check out our UMparent calendar

May 1: Study Day

May 2-8: Exams

May 9: Residence Hall Check out

May 10: Commencement*

May 15: Final, Official Grades Available, Spring 2014

May 26: Memorial Day-University Closed

Spring Commencement: Saturday, May 10, 2014*

Location: FedExForum

10:00 am:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • University College
  • Doctoral Hoodings for these colleges

2:00 pm:

  • Fogelman College of Business & Economics
  • College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (COEHHS)
  • Herff College of Engineering
  • Loewenberg School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Doctoral Hoodings for these colleges and schools.

All family members are welcome at commencement. Tickets are not required to attend commencement. If you or another family member is in need of any disability assistance, please call (901) 678-5547.

For more information on commencement, please click here.

Invitations and Diploma Frames:

The University Bookstore has a selection of graduation announcements and beautiful frames for the graduate. For more information, visit the Bookstore website.

For information on visiting Memphis, please visit our Visiting Campus page.

*Please note that due to the NBA Playoffs, commencement ceremonies may have to be moved to Sunday, May 11. Please click here for the most up to date news.

Parents and Grades

Students will be able to view their final, official Spring 2014 grades online beginning Thursday, May 15. So, they will also be able to show you their grades starting on that date.

But is there some way you, instead of my student, can show me his or her grades? This may surprise you, but No, we aren't allowed to do that. Federal law prevents us from releasing a student's education record to anyone but the student unless (1) we have the student's written consent to do so, or (2) you can show us that your student is still a dependent for federal income tax purposes. The specific law is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

We recommend that you follow this procedure and that you talk to your student at each stage:

Ask your student to show you his or her grades on Student Self Service.If this isn't practical, ask your student to complete a "Student Consent to Release Education Record" form that would permit the Registrar to release a copy of the grades to you. For further information, including a link to the form, see Student Consent to Release Education Record.If your student is unwilling to complete the consent form, you can complete a "Request for Disclosure of Education Record Information" form, provided your student is a dependent for tax purposes. For further information, including a link to the form, see Parent Access to Student Education Record.

Parents of Students Coming Home for the Summer

If your student is back home after living on campus this year, he or she may be slowly adjusting to the homecoming. While students are relieved to have finals over and are looking forward to some unstructured time, they also may be struggling to figure out friendships. The high school friends they were so dedicated to a year ago might seem like strangers now. They miss their college friends and the independence of campus life. One first-year student announced to her family that "There's nothing for me at home anymore. My life is at college."

You might find your student criticizing segments of family life that never were an issue before--like the contents of the refrigerator ("Can't you buy organic foods?"), the kind of car you drive ("Hybrid cars make so much more sense!"), or the TV programs the family watches ("Really? Reality shows?"). Students will eventually settle in, and patience among all family members will help. It's important to set boundaries and define responsibilities, while giving students at least a few days to savor being back in their own bedrooms with no homework hanging over their heads.

Summer Classes

Students can register for the summer classes when they register for Fall semester classes.  The university offers a wide range of classes for our students during the summer. 

For more information on the class offerings, please click here.

Housing is available for students enrolled in classes during the summer semester.  For more information on how students can signup for summer housing, please visit the Residence Life web site.

Enrollment Verification

Do you need verification that you student is enrolled for medical insurance, car insurance, or anything else? Students can request enrollment verification from the National Student Clearinghouse  or from the Registrar’s office.  For complete details on how to request enrollment verification, please click here.


Student Newspaper

Do you want to know what is going on on-campus from a student point of view?  Read the student newspaper, published once a week during the summer, The Daily Helmsman, by clicking here.

Important Links


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