Marshall University Spring Commencement

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Downtown Huntington

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Help us say congratulations to our graduates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MarshallGrad19!

Event Information

Marshall University will hold two ceremonies to honor and recognize tentative May 2019 graduates. The ceremonies will be divided according to colleges (undergraduates and graduates combined).
No tickets are needed for these events.

9 a.m. Ceremony
Doors open at 7 a.m.
Graduates must report by 8 a.m.
**Graduates encouraged to arrive as early as possible to get through security.

Lewis College of Business
College of Education & Professional Development
College of Science
College of Information Technology & Engineering

2 p.m. Ceremony
Doors open at 12 p.m.
Graduates must report by 1 p.m.
**Graduates encouraged to arrive as early as possible to get through security.

College of Health Professions
College of Liberal Arts
College of Arts and Media
Regents Bachelor of Arts

Graduate Instructions

Graduate Instructions

Arrival Requirements

Registrar’s Office

Degree candidates will be recognized individually prior the conferral of degrees, therefore the degree granting portion of the program will be at the end. Please help us maintain the formality of this event by remaining in your seats for the entire ceremony.

Commencement Speaker

Public relations senior executive Susan Hellems Lavenski

Marshall University will welcome two-time graduate and public relations senior executive Susan Hellems Lavenski as its keynote commencement speaker for graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 11.

Event Parking

Parking is available in the parking garage on Third Avenue across from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Parking in this garage is available on weekends at no charge. Parking is available in the Pullman Square garages for a fee.

Marshall will provide shuttle buses to transport graduates and guests from campus to the Arena. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park on University lots at the 6th Avenue Parking Facility, Performing Arts Center, football stadium or across from Smith Hall (Lot F). Shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony. Shuttles will begin at noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. After each Commencement, buses will transport passengers back to campus.

Security Procedures

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center has implemented new security procedures including walk-through metal detectors for all events occurring in the building including Marshall University’s Commencement ceremonies. Graduates and guests should allow additional time to make it through security and find seats before the ceremony begins.

Prohibited items include: illegal drugs or substances, outside food and drink, knives, guns, pepper spray, lasers, glow sticks, fireworks, wallet chains, sharp spiked jewelry, selfie sticks, tripods and umbrellas. For a full list of prohibited items, please visit www.bigsandyarena.com.

Live Stream

The Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the Web for guests who are not able to attend. The link will be available at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

Watch the 2018 Winter Commencement Ceremony.

#MarshallGrad19 Photo Booths

Look for our free photo booths in the lobby of the Big Sandy Superstore Area! They provide the perfect backdrop for photos with your friends and family. Don’t forget to share your photos on social media using #MarshallGrad19.

Event Photos and Videos

University Communications will be taking candid photographs throughout the ceremony. Those photos will be available for free download through this site after the ceremony.

Marshall University Class of 2019 Video

Spring 2019 Commencement Photos

Spring 2019 Commencement Video

Professional Graduation Photos

The professional photographer (Legacy Photographics, Inc.) will email proof information to graduates a few days after the ceremony. Purchase of photographs is entirely optional.

Commencement Video

Marshall University and the Marshall University Alumni Association would like to congratulate you on your graduation! As a way of recognizing your achievement, a downloadable copy of the Commencement ceremony is available to you, free of charge, courtesy of the MUAA.

Relive this major life milestone by visiting www.herdalum.com to download your free copy of the Commencement ceremony.

Additional Events

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

Donning of the Kente Ceremony

Thursday, May 2, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

School of Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony (Invitation Only)

Thursday, May 9, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

Doctoral Investiture & Medical School Commencement (Invitation Only)

Friday, May 10, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center


For questions regarding Commencement, please contact the Registrar’s Office, registrar@marshall.edu or 304-696-6410.