Graduation Requirements

Graduation FAQ

Graduation will be held Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00am on the Henderson campus. For the safety of all participants and guests, the following protocols will be in place.

  • Graduates and guests will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Each student will receive a special FHU mask for use during the ceremony.

  • Graduates and guests will be screened for COVID-19 prior to entering Loyd Auditorium using temperature checks.

What seating will be available for guests? Tickets are required 

  • Each graduate will receive 4 reserved-seat tickets for the ceremony. The ceremony will be livestreamed to allow for additional family and friends to share in the celebration. The link can be found on the 'Commencement' page of the website.

  • Guest tickets will be distributed by the Registrar's office starting May 10, 2021.

 

How and where do I get my tickets?

  • Henderson students should pick up tickets during regular business hours at the Registrar's office located in the Gardner Center, Room 114.

  • Memphis students will have the opportunity to pick up tickets along with regalia on May 12 at the Bucy Center in Memphis. 11:00am until 5:00pm.

  • Dickson students will have the opportunity to pick up tickets along with regalia on May 11 at the Admissions office of Dickson campus. 11:00am until 4:00pm.

  • Students may pick up reserved tickets the day of graduation prior to the ceremony at a 'will-call' table located at the front of Loyd Auditorium. Please allow extra time for this option.   

  • Children two years of age and under may sit in lap of family member.

  • If mobility access seating is required, please contact the Registrar's office to make arrangements. 

 

How and where do I get my regalia?

  • Henderson students should pick up regalia during regular business hours at the University Bookstore during the week of May 10 - 14, 2021.

 

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

  • Memphis students will have the opportunity to pick up regalia on May 12 at the Bucy Center in Memphis. 11:00am until 5:00pm.  *If you wish to pick up your regalia from the Memphis campus, email the registrar: skimpel@fhu.edu 

  • If you do not wish to come to Memphis campus, Katie Nixon and her staff will be available the day of graduation to distribute regalia. Mrs. Nixon does have a steamer for graduates to use, please allow extra time before the ceremony if you choose this option. Regalia will not be shipped to individual students.

 

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

  • Dickson students will have the opportunity to pick up regalia on May 11 at the Admissions office of Dickson campus. 11:00am until 4:00pm.

  • If you do not wish to come to Dickson campus, Katie Nixon and her staff will be available the day of graduation to distribute regalia. Mrs. Nixon does have a steamer for graduates to use, please allow extra time before the ceremony if you choose this option. Regalia will not be shipped to individual students.

 

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 https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/.

  • 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. Search "Commencement" at fhu.edu browser

 

What time is rehearsal?

  • There will be no Graduation rehearsal.  

    • graduates report to Hope Barber Shull Library at 9:15am, May 15th

    • Additional information will be sent to graduates from Heidi Sprouse, Office of Academics concerning 'day of graduation' details.

 

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.

 

Is the stage handicap accessible?

  • The stage is handicap accessible. Please notify Heidi Sprouse (hsprouse@fhu.edu) before May 1, 2021, if you need mobility assistance.


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. Once final clearance is finished, the list will be sent to the diploma printer. Students will first receive a pdf of the digital 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 only 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.

 

Will I be able to access my.FHU portal after I graduate?

  • Graduates have access to my.fhu for only the one term following active enrollment.

 

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 (if covid restrictions allow). 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 (if covid restrictions allow).

 

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

  • The three Undergraduate degree 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. Honors are awarded for undergraduate degrees only.

 

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.