2019 Spring Commencement Exercises for Graduates and Undergraduates

April 29th, 2019 by jsudurp


Information for Spring 2019 Graduates

Information for Undergraduate Students 

Jackson State University will hold its’ Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 8:00 A.M., at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. All graduating students should plan to arrive by 6:30 A.M., in order to line up to march into the facility under the leadership of the Faculty and Student Marshals.

Information for Graduate Students 

Jackson State University’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 4:00 P.M., in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. All graduating students should plan to arrive by 2:30 P.M., in order to line up to march into the facility under the leadership of the Faculty and Student Marshals.

Assembly and Seating of Graduating Students

All graduates should plan to arrive at least an hour and a half prior to the start of the commencement program. Graduates will assemble at their designated areas and will march in during the processional at the beginning of the ceremony. All graduates, faculty, and administration will march out during the recessional, as the audience remains seated.

Commencement Rehearsals

The rehearsal for the Undergraduate Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium and will begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. The rehearsal for the Graduate ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center (AAC) and begin promptly at 11:00 A.M.  All diploma recipients are urged to attend, along with both Faculty and Student Marshals, as well as all College Standard Bearers.

The Exemplary Doctoral Scholars Reception

The Spring 2019 Exemplary Doctoral Scholars Reception will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center Convention Hall. For more information please contact the Division of Graduate Studies at (601) 979-2455.

Academic Regalia Requirements

All graduating students are required to wear academic regalia during the commencement ceremony. Students may decorate their graduation caps as long as it is done in a tasteful and respectful way.   Students should contact personnel in the Jackson State University Bookstore to order their academic regalia. The deadline for purchasing a cap and gown is March 1, 2019, and the deadline for a rental is April 5, 2019. Regalia may be rented at https://gradsupply.com/jsu/. Personalized graduation invitations and other regalia may be ordered at www.herffjones.com/college. The JSU Bookstore is located on the first floor of the JSU Student Center. The telephone number is (601) 979-2021.  ALL graduates, faculty, and staff participating in the Commencement Exercises should be measured for regalia rentals.

Dress, Decorum and Graduation Etiquette 

Graduating students are requested to wear conservative and program appropriate clothing under their academic regalia. Please remind your friends and family to try to keep their celebratory outbursts to a minimum, as this can prevent the audience from hearing the next student’s name when it is called. We will have plenty of time to celebrate in a grand fashion upon the conclusion of the commencement exercises. Finally, we are requiring all graduating students to remain on the floor for the entire ceremony, except for medical emergencies and restroom breaks. Leaving during the ceremony can be very disruptive to the panel, audience and the other remaining graduating students.

The Pick-up and Return of Academic Regalia

Graduating students will be able to pick up their academic regalia on Tuesday, April 30th until Thursday, May 2, 2019, on the 2nd Floor of the  New Student Center’s Meditation Room from 9:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.Please be reminded that academic regalia must be returned immediately following the commencement ceremonies. A drop-off station will be located at both of the commencement venues. A Penske rental van will be located right outside of the entrance gate at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, and at the back of the parking lot behind the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center (AAC) (near the large Billboard Sign) following both Commencement Ceremonies for students to return their graduation gowns.

Graduating Students Requiring Accommodations Due to a Disability or Impairment 

Graduating students requiring accommodations due to a disability or a special need should notify Mr. Aaron Richardson, by telephone at (601) 979-3704 or via e-mail at aaron.l.richardson@jsums.edu. American Sign Language interpreters will be available to provide services throughout the commencement exercises. Seating will also be available for guests who require special accommodations. One family member or friend may accompany guests seated in this designated area. As seating in this area is limited (and provided on a first come, first serve basis), individuals with special needs who require seating in this area should plan to arrive at least an hour and a half early. Guests who require and use specialized mobility equipment are encouraged to bring that equipment with them to the ceremony.

First Aid Station

A first aid station will be located at a designated area inside of the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, as well as the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.

Commencement Seating for Guests

Commencement seating for the Graduate ceremony will begin at 2:00 P.M., at the AAC on Friday, May 3, 2019, and the Undergraduate commencement seating will start at 6:00 A.M. All graduates should inform their family, friends, and guests of the scheduled seating times.

Commencement Parking

The Jackson State University Campus Police Department will be in charge of guest parking at both the Memorial Stadium as well as the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.  The JSU Campus Police will direct guests in the various parking lots. Wheelchair access will be available at both of the commencement venues.

Commencement Ceremony Webcast

Family members and friends who are unable to attend the Commencement Ceremonies may view the ceremonies live over the Internet. Coverage will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, May 3, 2019, for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, and 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, for the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Please visit www.jsums.edu to log onto the webcast.

Weather Contingency Plan 

In the event of inclement weather on Saturday May 4, 2019 that may threaten the safety of all of the graduates and guests attending and participating in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, the event will be moved to the Athletic and Assembly Center (AAC), based on the authorization of the President and Provost of Jackson State University.

Graduate Photographs

Photographs of each graduate will be taken by Candid Campus Photography as he/she crosses the stage. Graduation proof pictures will be sent to each graduate after the ceremony, with the option to purchase packages.

Mailed Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to students by the Registrar and Records office approximately four to five weeks following the Commencement Ceremonies. Diplomas will be shipped via the United States Postal Service. Students should make sure that the diploma mailing address that they provided on their graduation application is accurate prior to the time that the diploma will be shipped. For more information, please contact the Registrar and Records office at (601) 979-2732.

Commencement DVD

Please go to the JSU Marketplace to purchase a DVD of the commencement program.

Contact Us 

Graduating students may continue to refer to this website to view Commencement information when necessary. If students have questions or need additional information regarding the Commencement Ceremony, they should contact Dr. Dion Porter, Chair, of the University Commencement Committee at (601) 979-3364, Ms. Deborah Crenshaw at (601) 979-2732 or Mr. Alfred Jackson at (601) 979-2809.

Thank You Spring 2019 Graduates and Congratulations!



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