Graduation Requirements

All students who are planning on participating in graduation must take the following steps:

1.  Prepare a completed counseling guide with your advisor. 

Please refer to the Academic Dates and Deadlines page for the deadline for this to be submitted to the Registrar's Office.

2.  Complete the online application to graduate: 

Undergraduate Application to Graduate

Graduate Application to Graduate

Please refer to the Academic Dates and Deadlines page for the deadline for this to be submitted to the Registrar's Office.

If the deadline for the application has passed, please contact the Registrar's Office for further instructions.


Graduation FAQ

What is the time and date of graduation?  

  • Graduation will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

How do I complete my application for graduation?

When is my graduation application due to the Registrar's Office?

  • Graduation applications for May/August are to be submitted electronically to the Registrar's office by 12:00pm on January 30, 2020. The application will not be available after this date. 

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

  • The three graduation honors 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 December graduates, this would be the GPA at the end of the summer or spring semester (whichever was the last attended). For May graduates, the GPA from the fall semester. GPA requirements are as follows: Summa Cum Laude- 3.850, Magna Cum Laude- 3.600, Cum Laude- 3.400.  

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

  • Graduates may order, at their own expense, class rings, announcements, and other graduation related materials excluding regalia online at
  • Once you're on the website, you'll 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 found under the registrar's section of the FHU website.

How and where do I get my regalia?

  • Graduation regalia may be picked up at the University Bookstore beginning May 1, 2020. Graduation regalia must be picked up before 5:00 p.m. on May 15. Regalia will not be shipped to individual students.

How and where do I get my regalia if I am a Memphis student?

  • Memphis students may email Katie Nixon ( by April 27, 2020, to request that their regalia be delivered to the Memphis campus. Any student who requests that his or her regalia be delivered to the Memphis campus may pick up his or her regalia on May 11, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm. Any regalia that is not picked up at the Memphis campus at the specified time will be available at the University bookstore. If you do not wish for your regalia to be brought to the Memphis campus or cannot meet for your delivery, you may pick up your regalia at the University bookstore.

What time is rehearsal?

  • Graduation rehearsal will begin Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in Loyd Auditorium.

What should I wear to rehearsal?

  • Men and women should wear clothing appropriate to the FHU dress code.

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.

Is the stage handicap accessible?

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

When will I receive my diploma?

  • During the graduation ceremony, students will receive their diploma cover.   During the week after graduation, the Office of Academic Success and Records will perform their final clearance of student counseling guides.  Once final clearance is finished, the list will be sent to the diploma printer.  Students will first receive a pdf of their diploma and a hard copy will be mailed shortly after. 

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

  • 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 you need to 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 3-4 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.

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.

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 their Ed.S. and purchased their 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.