In the Now: December FAQs

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 or at 901.678.2115.

Important Dates and Deadlines

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

December 6: Last Day of Classes

December 7: Study Day (Classes do not meet)

December 8-14: Final Exams

December 15: Residence Halls Close

December 17: Fall 2017 Commencement

December 18-January 15: Winter Break (University Closed December 23-January 1, January 15)

December 21: Final, Official Grades Available, Fall 2017

December 23-January 1: University Closed

January 16: First Day of Classes, Spring 2018


Congratulations to all the parents of graduating students!  We know that you are very proud of your student's hard work and dedication. 

Fall 2017 Commencement: Sunday, December 17

FedEx Forum, located in Downtown Memphis, TN (191 Beale Street, 38103)

10:00 am Ceremony
  • Herff College of Engineering
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Loewenberg College of Nursing
  • University College
1:30 pm Ceremony
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

5:30 pm Ceremony

  • Fogelman College of Business & Economics
  • College of Education
  • School of Health Studies
  • Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

10:00 am ceremony graduates should arrive by 9:00 am, 1:30 pm ceremony graduates should arrive by 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm ceremony graduates should arrive by 4:30 pm with cap, gown (hood, if included), and pronouncer card, which will be provided during cap and gown distribution. Plan for the ceremony to last 2 hours. The doors open 1 hour prior to the ceremony for guests and graduating students.

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.

Financial Aid for 2018-2019 School Year

The priority financial aid deadline for the 2018-2019 school year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019) is January 17. It is important that you and your student fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible to ensure that your student gets the maximum amount of aid that they are eligible to receive. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid office at 901.678.4825 or review their website for more information.


1098-T tax forms are scheduled to go out from the University of Memphis during January for use in filing prior year taxes. Students can opt to receive the form online by opting in by January 15. If they do not opt in, the form will be mailed to a student's mailing address. For more information, click here.

If a student's scholarship, grants and/or fee waivers equaled and/or exceeded what they were charged for tuition for the year, the University of Memphis is no longer issuing 1098-T forms to individuals in this situation, as it not required by the Internal Revenue Service. The purpose of the 1098-T form is to identify those individuals who qualify for the education credit. Only those individuals that pay an out-of-pocket tuition related expense will be able to use the 1098-T.

Parents and Grades

“Can I see my student’s grades?” No, not unless you have your student's consent or you can show that your student is still a dependent for federal income tax purposes. Federal law--the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)--prevents us from releasing a student's information to anyone but the student unless we have the student's written consent to do so.

For more information, please review Student Privacy and FERPA in the Parent Handbook.

Residence Hall Move Out and In

The University of Memphis residence halls will close for the winter break on Friday, December 15 at 3 pm. All residents are required to leave the residence halls 24 hours after their final exam, unless they are involved in Commencement Exercises. They must make arrangements with the AAC of their building on or before Wednesday, December 13.

Residents of Carpenter Complex, Park Ave. Apartments and the Living Learning Complex do not have to vacate their rooms during the winter break unless their Spring 2018 room assignment has been canceled.

Residents required to vacate their rooms during Semester Break will not be allowed to remain or be readmitted to the buildings during the Semester Break. The residence hall staff will not be available to permit reentry into the buildings after closing.

Residents of Centennial Place, Rawls, Smith, Mynders and South, are required to sign up for an appointment to check out and surrender their room keys to their resident advisors before they leave.

Students who are not returning to the residence halls in the Spring must officially check out of the room no later than 3 pm on December 15 and cancel in writing with the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in Centennial Place.

Students who are returning for the Spring are not required to remove their belongings from their rooms during the break; however, they should take all valuables and possessions needed during this time period.

Student Newspaper: The Daily Helmsman

Do you want to know what is going on on-campus from a student point of view?  Read the student newspaper, The Daily Helmsman, by clicking here. It is published Tuesday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters.