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 parents@memphis.edu or at 901.678.2115.


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

December 4: Last Day of Classes

December 5: Study Day (Classes do not meet)

December 6-12: Final Exams

December 13: Residence Halls Close

December 15: Fall 2019 Commencement

December 13-January 20: Student's Winter Break 

December 19: Final, Official Grades Available, Fall 2019

December 24-January 1: University Closed

January 21: First Day of Classes, Spring 2020


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

Fall 2019 Commencement: Sunday, December 15

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

10:00 am Ceremony

  • Law
  • School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Nursing
  • College of Professional & Liberal Studies (Formerly University College)
  • Doctorates for these groups

2:00 pm Ceremony

  • School of Public Health
  • Engineering
  • Kemmons Wilson
  • Business
  • CCFA
  • Education
  • Health Studies
  • Doctorates for these groups

10:00 am ceremony graduates should arrive by 9:00 am and 2:00 pm ceremony graduates should arrive by 1:00 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, visit the Commencement website

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.


The priority financial aid deadline for the 2020-2021 school year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021) is February 1, 2020. 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.


December 1 is the Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline


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, visit the 1098-T website.

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.


“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.


The University of Memphis residence halls will close for the winter break on Friday, December 13 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 11.

Residents of Centennial Place, Carpenter Complex, and Park Ave. Apartments do not have to vacate their rooms during the winter break unless their Spring 2019 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 Rawls, Smith, LLC, 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 13 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.


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