Commencement is a long-standing tradition that celebrates the achievements of our graduates.  It is the culmination of our students’ hard work over the course of the last four years (and sometimes even longer), and in the case of our graduate students, intensive study over a shorter period of time.

Printable Graduation Packet - Use this link to download a printable version of the information below.

Graduation Schedule

Friday, December 14
Graduation Rehearsal, 10:00 a.m.
Crown Coliseum Arena
1960 Coliseum Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28306

Baccalaureate Service, 4:00 p.m.
Matthews Chapel, Matthews Ministry Center
Methodist University Campus

Saturday, December 15

Graduate/Sponsor Line-up (Crown Theatre), 9:00 a.m.
Doors Open for Guests, 9:00 a.m. (Crown Arena)
Faculty/Staff Line-up (Crown Theatre), 9:20 a.m.
Graduation Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.
Crown Coliseum Arena
1960 Coliseum Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28306

Graduation Participation

Graduation Participation Form

Use this form to indicate whether you will attend the graduation ceremony, the name of your sponsor for the hooding ceremony during graduation, and an address to contact you after graduation. The graduation participation form must be returned by Nov. 14, 2018.

Graduation Hooding Ceremony

Let us know the name of the sponsor (parent, spouse, child, faculty member, or friend) who will hood you during the graduation ceremony. The hooding ceremony takes place as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. Your sponsor, who holds the hood during the ceremony, will place the hood over your head just before Dr. Crisp shakes your hand and hands you your diploma. Many of our graduates choose a sponsor who has made a positive impact on their time at the University. This includes parents, children, and even staff or faculty members. Your sponsor and their relationship to you will be announced as you walk across the stage.

The academic hood is a visual representation of your level of academic achievement and the scholastic degree being conferred. The hood is designed to be worn with the velvet side up and the small, tapered end in the front. The small tapered end has a cord you may attach to a shirt button to prevent the hood from riding against your neck. The velvet trim represents the learning discipline (major), the chevron represents the college conferring the degree, the lining represents the University, and the black shell is the traditional color determined by the Intercollegiate Bureau.

Senior Survey

The Graduating Senior Survey allows you to provide feedback about your educational experiences at Methodist University. The survey is anonymous and is used to help us improve our programs and services. This survey will be emailed to your student account. You must complete the form before tickets will be made available.

Preparing for Graduation

Library Clearance

All library materials must be returned by Dec. 7, 2018. There is no grace period. All items checked out by seniors are due by this date. Any items not returned by this due date will be billed to the student’s account, including a restocking fee ($5) and billing fee ($5). If the items are returned after the bill is sent, we will credit the student’s account for the cost of the items and the restocking fee. The billing fee, however, is non-refundable.

Parking Fines

The Public Safety office issues tickets for parking violations. Should students receive a parking violation, they are encouraged to pay the fine or appeal the ticket by going to the Division of Student Affairs office in the Berns Student Center Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up an appeal form within three days of receiving the ticket. Any unpaid parking fines will be billed to the student’s account.

Caps and Gowns

Jostens will be on campus Nov. 13 and 14, 2018 to pass out caps and gowns. Details regarding time and location will be provided in a separate email. If you miss either of these dates, caps and gowns will be available for pick-up in the bookstore during its operating hours, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before your cap and gown will be issued, you must have cleared the Office of Student Accounts and the Financial Aid Office. You must have your clearance slip with you.


Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

You can order graduation announcements and class rings by phone at 1.800.424.1492 or order online at

Flag Presentation

If you are a native of a foreign country and a non-U.S. citizen, please indicate which country you are from on the Graduation Participation Form. If you are the first graduate from your country and are interested in presenting your country’s flag to the University during the graduation ceremony, please notify the Office of Academic Affairs by calling 910.630.7031 prior to Nov. 14, 2018.

Grads Give Back

A group of seniors from the 2014 graduating class wanted to leave a lasting legacy at MU. The class was able to raise donations from more than 150 graduates to replace all of the international flags in the Berns Student Center. They named the new campaign Grads Give Back. Here are some of the fundraising projects in which each class has participated:

  • The Class of 2015 collected money to purchase a victory bell.
  • The Class of 2016 collected money to purchase a street clock.
  • The Class of 2017 collected money to purchase an outdoor seating area.

Now it’s your turn! After a committee meeting and a class vote, the Class of 2018 will leave the University an outdoor seating area with benches in front of the Matthews Ministry Center. By supporting the Grads Give Back campaign, your gift goes directly toward the seating area. Help your class leave this legacy with a gift to Grads Give Back. You can make your gift at the Jostens event Nov. 13 and 14 or at graduation rehearsal. Come give your gift and receive your Class of 2018 T-shirt. Unable to stop by? You can also donate by visiting and secting “Grads Give Back” in the designation dropdown. T-shirts will be available for pick-up for anyone who makes an online gift. Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation rehearsal will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Crown Coliseum Arena. Your sponsor needs to be present for rehearsal.


Fifteen tickets are available for each graduate. Only those with tickets will be allowed to enter the Crown Coliseum Arena for your graduation.

Event Parking

More information on parking for graduation and graduation rehearsal will be distributed closer to graduation.

Honor Graduates

Graduates with academic honors will be announced and their honor medallions will be distributed at graduation rehearsal. Students who graduate with honors will be recognized at graduation. The appropriate designation will appear on the student’s diploma and transcript. Only the student’s cumulative residency grade point average will be considered for graduation honors as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70
  • Cum Laude: 3.50

To graduate with honors, students must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of graded courses at Methodist University.



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