Winter Commencement

Saturday, December 14, 2019
10 a.m. | Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Downtown Huntington

Winter Commencement

Countdown to Commencement

Countdown to Commencement will be held November 5th and 6th in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All 2019 July, August, and tentative December graduates are welcome to this event. Complete pre-commencement responsibilities, gather information and celebrate a significant milestone in your life.

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 our annual commencement ceremony to honor tentative December 2019 graduates.
No tickets are needed for this event.

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

Graduate Instructions

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


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 7:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony. After 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

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

#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. View photos and video from the spring events below.

Professional Graduation Photos

The professional photographer (Grad Images) 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 to download your free copy of the Commencement ceremony.

Diploma Covers and Delivery

Diploma covers were presented to students at the Commencement ceremony. If you did not attend Commencement, you may stop by the Registrar’s Office to pick up your diploma cover. The office is located in Old Main 106A and open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Diploma covers for Summer 2019 and December 2019 graduates will be available for pick up after January 2, 2020.

Diploma covers cannot be mailed.


For questions regarding Commencement, please contact or 304-696-6410.

Commencement Program Archive

You can view past Marshall University Commencement Programs.