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In the Now: December 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 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 3: Last Day of Classes

December 4: Study Day (Classes do not meet)

December 5-11: Final Exams

December 12: Residence Halls Close

December 14: Fall 2014 Commencement

December 14-January 19: Winter Break

December 18: Final, Official Grades Available, Fall 2013

December 24-January 1: University Closed

January 20: First Day of Classes, Spring 2015


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

Fall 2014 Commencement: Sunday, December 14, 2014

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

1 pm Ceremony

  • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • University College
  • Doctoral Hoodings for these colleges and schools

4 pm Ceremony

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

1 pm ceremony graduates, arrive by12 pm and 4 pm ceremony graduates arrive by 3 pm with cap, gown (hood, if included), pronouncer card, which will be provided during cap and gown distribution

Plan for ceremony to last 2 hours.

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

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 Semester Break on Friday, December 12, 2014, 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 10, 2014.

Residents of Carpenter Complex, Park Ave. Apartments, and the Living Learning Complex do not have to vacate their rooms during the Semester Break unless their Spring 2014 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 Richardson Towers, 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 12 and cancel in writing with the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in Richardson Towers.

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.

The buildings will reopen at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2015.

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.

Important Links:

Frequently Asked Questions

UMparent Calendar

Commencement Office

University Bookstore

Visiting Campus

Student Privacy and FERPA

Residence Life

The Daily Helmsman

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