Graduation 2021

Graduation Information

May 2021 Graduation Program


What is the time and date of graduation?

  • May graduation will take place at 10:00am Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Loyd Auditorium.  

  • Safety protocol for all graduates and guests will require mask or face covering and temperature check prior to entry into Loyd Auditorium.

  • Each graduate will receive four assigned tickets to share with family and friends. 

  • The ceremony will be livestreamed to allow your additional family and friends to attend virtually:

How do I order graduation announcements and/or a class ring?

  • Graduates, at their own expense, may order rings, announcements, and other graduation-related items excluding regalia online at  Once you are on the website, you will search for Freed-Hardeman University and then follow the steps to access your options for graduation supplies.  

What is the best way to communicate graduation information to my family?

  • Students are ultimately responsible for communicating all graduation details to their family. Information concerning graduation can also be located at FHU website.


How and where do I get my regalia and tickets?

  • Henderson - Students may pick up regalia at the University Bookstore May 10 -14. Tickets may be picked up at the Registrar's office May 10-14 during regular office hours.  

  • Dickson - I will be visiting your campus on Tuesday, May 11 from 11am to 2:30pm to distribute tickets and regalia. If you wish to sign up for Dickson delivery, message (You may choose to pick up regalia and tickets ‘day of’ graduation ceremony, but please allow extra time). The University Bookstore does have a steamer to share.

  • Memphis - I will be visiting your campus on Wednesday, May 12 from 11am to 2:30pm to distribute tickets and regalia. If you wish to sign up for Memphis delivery, message (You may choose to pick up regalia and tickets ‘day of’ graduation ceremony, but please allow extra time). The University Bookstore does have a steamer to share.

What time is rehearsal?

  • There will no Graduation rehearsal 

What should I wear to graduation?

  • Men should wear white dress shirts with a dark tie and dark dress pants. Black dress shoes are preferable, but not required.  

  • Women should wear a simply-styled light-weight dress without a high neckline or a blouse paired with dark dress slacks and dark shoes.  

May I decorate the top of my cap?

  • To preserve the formality of the event, graduates may not decorate the tops of their graduation caps.

What seating will be available for guests?

  • The main floor and balcony will be available for guests of graduates. Due to the high volume of anticipated guests, all tickets are reserved.  

  • If special accommodations are needed, a ticket substitution may be requested before May 10. Please notify (       

  • The ceremony will be livestreamed to allow additional family and friends to attend virtually.

Is the stage handicap accessible?

  • The stage is handicap accessible. Please notify Heidi Sprouse ( before May 1, 2020, if you need mobility assistance.  

Regalia Details:

  • Undergraduate Students: wear their caps, gowns, and tassels. If applicable, students will wear their honor cords, Alpha Chi medallion, and/or Honors College stole.  

  • Master’s and Specialist Students: wear their caps, tassels, gowns, hoods, college stoles, and medallions (if M.Div. or Ed.S.). Students will be presented with a pin on stage and have it affixed to their stole. Students completing a dual BBA/MBA program should wear their Master’s regalia along with any undergraduate honors regalia (Alpha Chi, honor cords, or Honors College stole).

  • Doctoral Students: wear their doctoral robes, college stoles, caps, and tassels. If the student previously obtained his or her Ed.S., and purchased the medallion, they may wear it. Medallions will not be provided for those that do not have one in their possession. Doctoral students will be hooded on stage.


Photograph - An FHU photographer will be taking pictures as graduates receive diploma covers and shake hands with President Shannon. To purchase a copy of this picture – 

  • Go to

  • Click May 2021. Photos will be in order of the way graduates walked across the stage. (Please allow four to six weeks for the photos to be posted to the website.)

  • When photo is found, click Buy Photos (at the top right). This will give information needed to complete an order to purchase photos with a credit card.

When will I receive my diploma?

  • During the graduation ceremony, students will receive their diploma cover. During the two-weeks after graduation, the Office of Academic Success and Records will perform their final clearance of student counseling guides. Diplomas will be mailed from the printer to students at that time. A ‘digital’ copy of your diploma will be delivered to your email, this may be shared on social media. Major and/or Minors are included only on the student transcript.  *The diploma lists your Degree

My name is going to be changing soon after graduation. Can I order my diploma with my new name on it?  

  • The standard printing of the name on the diploma will be First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name. If you want a different variation of your name, please notify the Registrar prior to May 1, 2021. You can only use the name that is on your school record at the time the application is completed or a variation of that name (i.e.- Charles Johnson Smith- C.J. Smith). If your name has recently been changed, and you want your new name on your diploma, please contact the registrar’s office and provide documentation for your name change before your application is submitted.  

If your name will not be changing until after graduation, you do have the option of withholding your diploma until the name change is complete.  

  • Once your name is changed, you must provide documentation to the registrar's office for your file, and then we will order your diploma. From that point it will take three to four weeks until we can deliver it to you. Even if you choose this option, the application to graduate must still be submitted by the deadline mentioned above.

What are the different types of graduation honors for Undergraduate degrees, and how are they determined?

  • The three graduation honors for undergraduate students are summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. Honors are determined by a student’s GPA the semester prior to the semester of his or her graduation. For May graduates, this would be the GPA at the end of the previous Fall or Summer semester (whichever was the last attended). GPA requirements are as follows:

    • Summa Cum Laude    3.850

    • Magna Cum Laude    3.600

    • Cum Laude        3.400

Will I be able to use my FHU email address after I graduate?

  • Graduates have access to student email accounts for six months after their last registered semester. A notice is sent to all accounts 30 days prior to the account being closed.

Instructions for ordering your official transcript

  • Your transcript may be ordered as electronic pdf or mailed hard-copy.

  • If there is a University Hold on your transcript, it must be cleared prior to being released.

  • Your degree(s) major(s) and minor(s): undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate transcripts are included in every order for $5.00 (Parchment/National Clearinghouse fees are additional cost).  

  • You may order at this link:

  • Any name change requests must include proper documentation

  • Most transcript requests are completed within two business days

Contact information for Academic Success and Records Department