Myrtle Beach: Commencement

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 1 pm
Calvin Gilmore Theater | Carolina Opry

We are excited to announce our date for the Myrtle Beach campus annual commencement ceremony.

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1 pm
Location: Calvin Gilmore Theater
8901 N. Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

[ Commencement Information PDF ]

Students completing all degree requirements by the Spring 2, 2017 term are encouraged to participate in the ceremony. Students who are in their last term are also extended the opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony, with the permission of the Dean or Campus Director. It should be noted that the students' name will not be printed in the program, but their name may be read from the stage. If you plan to participate in the ceremony, please complete the following steps:

1. Submit a Petition to Graduate
Students who satisfy their degree requirements must complete an online Petition to Graduate by Friday, May 5, 2017. The main campus will not confer your degree or release your diploma until this form has been received.  Please note: A student who completes a graduate degree, (including all required, elective, and transfer courses) while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.950, will be eligible for Graduate Academic Honors.  Accelerated sequential degrees are excluded from this designation. Students are responsible for purchasing their honor cords.

2. Business Office Account Status
Diplomas and transcripts will not be released until your account balance is clear ($0). Credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% convenience fee. Check payments have a holding period of 10 days before release of transcripts. For more information, call the Business Office at 1-800-981-9803. No financial transactions are processed at the local campus.

3. Response Form
You must submit and complete the response form to confirm your participation in the 2017 Commencement Ceremony by Friday, May 12 2017.

4. Purchase Your Cap and Gown
To order and purchase your cap and gown, visit this site. Online ordering is now open. You must complete and submit your order by Wednesday, April 28, 2017 to ensure your items are delivered before the commencement date. Shipping time is approximately five weeks. Ordering will be handled exclusively online through the Jostens website.

Instructions:

  • From the Jostens website, click on 'Graduation Caps & Gowns' on the right.
  • Click on 'student'
  • Select the appropriate Cap, Gown, Tassel (Bachelor's or Master's). Note that the picture shows a black cap & gown, but the actual product will be dark blue.
  • After you select your gown, click the customize box. Enter your height/weight, and click next.
  • From the drop box, select your major, and click next:
    • If you are earning your Bachelor's Degree: Select "Arts"
    • If you are earning your Master's Degree: Select "Arts" (This includes Counseling, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Management, Business and Organizational Security Management, Management and Leadership, and Procurement and Acquisitions Management).
    • If you are earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA): Select "Business Administration"
    • If you are earning your Master of Health Administration (MHA): Select "Health Administration"
    • Verify your information, and edit if necessary.
    • Click add to cart, enter name, and click on checkout. Finish final steps to complete order.
    • You will receive an immediate email confirmation of your order with a confirmation number.  Please keep this number for future reference.

If you have any questions regarding your order or you miss the online ordering deadline, you may call Jostens at 1-800-854-7464 and place your order by phone. Please note, this option will also incur an additional fees. Below is the listing of hood colors so you may verify you received the correct hood when your order arrives:

Bachelor of Arts: White
Master of Arts: White
Master of Business Administration: Drab (Brown)
Master of Health Administration: Salmon

5. Attendance and Guests
The Graduation Ceremony is open to all students, friends and family members.

6. Announcements
Announcements and rings are available through Jostens.

7. Ceremony Details

  • Graduates are expected to arrive by 11:30 am to rehearse and prepare for the ceremony. Late arrivals will not be permitted to participate. The procession will begin promptly at 1 pm.
  • A location will be provided for robing and disrobing.
  • Guests are permitted to enter at noon.
  • Ample parking will be available for graduates and guests and is free of charge.
  • Diplomas will not be presented to graduates at the ceremony. Graduates will receive their diplomas approximately six to eight weeks after the degrees are conferred by the main campus in St. Louis.

Please thoroughly review the graduation information included in this packet.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Medeiros at the Myrtle Beach Campus at 843-497-3677.

We look forward to celebrating with you at the ceremony!