Graduation

Crowd at Commencement

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.

Spring 2022 Commencement

May 7, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Segra Stadium
460 Hay St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Graduation Recording


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 March 21, 2022.

Graduation Hooding Ceremony

Let us know the name of the sponsor (one 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 President Wearden hands you your diploma cover.

Many of our graduates choose a sponsor who has made a positive impact on their time at the University. This includes a parent, child, and even a staff or faculty member. 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.

Honor Graduates (Undergraduates Only)

The appropriate designation will appear on the undergraduate 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 in an undergraduate program at Methodist University.

Senior Survey (Undergraduates Only)

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.

Caps & Gowns, Etc.

Please order your cap and gown online by April 12, 2022. Click the link and search for Methodist University to order the correct regalia.

Graduation Cap Decoration

Please take into consideration the following guidelines when decorating your graduation caps (gowns may not be decorated):

  • Only the flat, top area of the mortar board may be decorated. There may be nothing hanging down from any of the sides of the cap.
  • Decorations must be flat on the surface of the cap. 3-D creations are prohibited.
  • No advertisements. No symbols, abbreviations, initials, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that refer to drugs or controlled substances, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons or be of a sexual nature, denote an affiliation with gangs or which advocate violence or hate.

Methodist University reserves the right to confiscate any cap that is not in compliance with the university handbooks, policies, and procedures.

Failure to follow these rules will result in being asked to wear a plain cap provided by the Office of Academic Affairs. Students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony without caps and gowns.

Grads Give Back

In 2014, a group of seniors wanted to leave a lasting legacy at MU. They collected donations from more than 150 graduates and named the new campaign Grads Give Back. Did you know your tuition only covers 75 percent of the cost for you to attend MU? Donations from alumni and friends of the University filled the gap to make your education possible.

Now it’s your turn! By supporting the Grads Give Back campaign, your gift is your first chance to pay it forward for students at MU. Make a gift and receive your Class of 2022 t-shirt. Stop by the Mallett-Rogers House behind the soccer field or donate by visiting https://donate.methodist.edu/grads.

Library Clearance

All library materials must be returned by May 6, 2022. 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.

Tickets

Each graduate will be issued six tickets that can be distributed to families and friends. Ticketed guests will enter through the home plate gate on the south end of the stadium. Admission is by ticket only.

Faculty, graduates, and sponsors will enter through the right field gate on the southeast side of the stadium.

University & Venue Policies

Methodist University is partnering with Segra Stadium for commencement. The event venue has its own rules that guests are required to abide by. A few important rules include:

  • All guests are required to walk through a metal detector and be screened prior to entry, including an inspection of any jackets, coats, packages, bags, purses, and other containers. See the entire list of prohibited items
  • Guests are encouraged to leave bags at home, but the following items are allowed:
    • Bags that are clear, plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12’’ x 6’’ x 12’’
    • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag
    • Small clutch bags, which cannot exceed 4.5’’ x 6.5’’ in size, with or without a handle or strap
  • Guests are permitted to bring cameras and video equipment, provided they are for personal use only. Cameras with a lens longer than eight inches are not allowed. Flash photography is not allowed. Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are not allowed.
  • Outside food (except for baby food) is not permitted. Only one 20-ounce water bottle per person is allowed.

We highly encourage you to review the entire list of Segra Stadium policies prior to arrival.

Parking and ADA Accessibility

Segra Stadium does not offer its own parking. All guests will be asked to park at city-owned parking lots across downtown Fayetteville. Please review parking information and maps here.

The home plate entrance to Segra Stadium is ADA accessible. The access ramp to the front of the stadium is located directly in front of the Birds Nest Team Store. Inside the ballpark, wheelchair-accessible seating is available in the following sections: 112, 116, and 127.

Suggested Area Hotels

Many Fayetteville hotels have partnered with Methodist University for special rates. For a complete list of hotels, contact information, and special rate codes, visit here.

Inclement Weather

Please note that we are holding Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. as alternate times in case of inclement weather.

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 being recognized for such during the graduation ceremony, please notify the Office of Academic Affairs by calling 910.630.7031 prior to March 21, 2022.

GradFest

Methodist University hosts GradFest, an opportunity for graduates to pick up their tickets, donate to the class gift, get information about employment readiness, and simply celebrate their accomplishments. Gradfest was held Monday, April 25, 2022.

Discounts for Post-Commencement Celebrations

Two downtown businesses have partnered with Methodist University to bring special offers to graduates and their families on May 7:

  • Huske Hardware Restaurant: reserved space for MU graduates and their families from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. To reserve your seats, email events@huskehardware.com and label the subject line “Methodist University.”
  • The Coffee Scene: 20% off discount for graduates from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Also, graduates and their families can buy one gelato and get the second one free.

Baccalaureate Service

This semester’s Baccalaureate service will be held Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Matthews Chapel.

What is the Baccalaureate service?

History: The baccalaureate is a service inherited from the universities of Western Europe and associated with the commencement exercises of American colleges and universities since the early 1700s. The term baccalaureate is derived from two Latin words, bacca and laurens, which refer to wreaths of berries and laurel worn by new graduates in the medieval period of Europe. The baccalaureate service remains to this day an integral part of the commencement exercises of many of America’s privately endowed colleges and universities and symbolizes the connection between these increasingly secular institutions and their historic and religious origins. As part of the commencement celebration, Methodist University offers its graduates and their families and friends this baccalaureate service, a tradition of Methodist College and Methodist University unbroken since 1956 (except in May 2020 during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic).

Today: The Baccalaureate is a time for students to reflect on their time at Methodist University, to worship with and express gratitude to their families, and to prepare their hearts for graduation. The religious service also challenges graduates to serve others in the next stage of life through a commitment to truth, justice, virtue, and love. Students share in leadership of the service.

Who can attend the service?

All graduates (undergraduate and graduate), their families, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend. Tickets are not required.

Where can I find more information about the service?

Graduates wanting to participate as leaders/readers in the Baccalaureate service should contact the Rev. Kelli W. Taylor, University Chaplain, ktaylor@methodist.edu by March 30, 2022. For more information on the Baccalaureate service, contact the Office of Religious Life at 910.630.7157 or religiouslife@methodist.edu.