Methodist University President Stanley T. Wearden stands with a graduate during a Winter Commencement at Crown Coliseum in 2022.

Graduation

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.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Undergraduate Rehearsal
1:30 p.m. – Graduates and Sponsors Arrive (West VIP entrance)
2 p.m. – Rehearsal Begins

Graduate Rehearsal
3 p.m. – Graduates and Sponsors Arrive (West VIP entrance)
3:30 p.m. – Rehearsal Begins

Venue
Crown Expo Center
1960 Coliseum Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Undergraduate Commencement
3:30 p.m. – Doors Open for Graduates (Mid-Point Entrance), Sponsors (Mid-Point Entrance), and Ticketed Guests (North Entrance)
4:30 p.m. – Ceremony Begins

Graduate Commencement
7 p.m. – Doors Open for Graduates (Mid-Point Entrance), Sponsors (Mid-Point Entrance), and Ticketed Guests (East Entrance)
8 p.m. – Ceremony Begins

Venue
Crown Coliseum
1960 Coliseum Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306


Tickets

Each graduate will receive 12 tickets (one for the graduate, one for the sponsor, and 10 for guests). Tickets can be picked up at rehearsal, Friday, May 10, or you can stop by the Alumni Relations Office in the Mallett-Rogers House May 6-9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need additional tickets, they will be available upon request at pick up.

Livestream

The ceremonies will be livestreamed on the homepage of the Methodist University web site under “What’s Happening at Methodist.” The broadcast will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to the event start.

Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns that were not home shipped can be picked up at the Bookstore. If you did not order a cap and gown or you did not receive yours in the mail, there will be additional sets available at the Bookstore (910.630.7227).

Graduation Hooding Ceremony

Family member hoods a Methodist University student during a commencement graduation at Segra Stadium

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.

Hooding Instructional Video

Graduation Cap Decoration

Graduation cap at a Methodist University graduation commencement

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.

Baccalaureate: A Moment of Gratitude and Blessing

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Baccalaureate will be seamlessly integrated into Saturday’s undergraduate Commencement, creating a moment for spiritual reflection by all. A blessing of the academic hoods will be followed by a poignant moment when you (as a graduate) will present the hood to your sponsor recognizing his or her support and guidance throughout your academic journey. The Baccalaureate moment anticipates Commencement, gives honor to God, and celebrates lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.

Important Information

  • Graduates must wear cap and gown to cross the stage. Graduates and sponsors may not wear jeans, tennis shoes, or hats (other than graduation cap).
  • Marshals in green robes will be available to help you. If you need assistance, please find someone in a green robe!
  • All graduates, sponsors, and guests will stand as the Platform Party processes to the stage and remain standing for the National Anthem and Invocation.

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% 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 2024 t-shirt. You can donate online by visiting donate.methodist.edu/grads or make your donation at one of our Grad Week events or at the Alumni Office in the Mallett-Rogers House behind the Duggins Soccer Stadium.

Event Parking

2024 Commencement Parking Map

Venue Policies

Methodist University is partnering with Crown Coliseum for commencement. This event venue has its own rules that guests are required to abide by. Please take a look at the Crown Coliseum Policies before arriving, in particular pay attention to the Clear Bag Policy.

Library Clearance

All library materials must be returned by May 3, 2024. 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.

Student Financial Services Clearance

Your Student Financial Account must be settled by April 20, 2024. To have your diploma, official transcript, or other official University documents released, you must have a zero balance on your student financial account. Check the myMU Portal and make any necessary payment. Monique 910.630.7018 or Diana 910.630.7619 are here to help you with questions.

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 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.

Questions

For questions about the Undergraduate Commencement, please contact pellis@methodist.edu.

For questions about the Graduate Commencement, please contact GradCommencement@methodist.edu.