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Congratulations on taking your final steps to the commencement stage. Commencement is an extraordinary ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements.  This site is designed to help you prepare all the necessary paperwork to ensure your commencement is one of the most memorable days in your life. 


There are several items that you must address in order to ensure clearance to participate in the commencement ceremony and to receive your diploma.  You are responsible for referring to the Graduation Checklist and reviewing your academic record to ensure that it is accurate and complete.   


If you encounter discrepancies or difficulties, please contact the Records Office at (901) 435-1701.
The 147th Commencement is Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 620 Parkrose Road in Memphis, Tennessee. 


Arrival, Assembly, and Procession:  All graduates should be in the assembly areas by 8 a.m.  Line-up for the academic procession for the Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. in the church’s vestibule.  Family and guests should be seated by 9:30 a.m.  Commencement begins promptly at 10 a.m. and will take approximately two hours.


Please see the following schedule of events for Commencement Weekend and take special note of the Commencement activities Saturday, May 13.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 12th

9 a.m.

Commencement Rehearsal
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 620 Parkrose Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38109

5 p.m.

Robing for graduating seniors, program participants, trustees, faculty and staff
GOH 111

6:30 p.m.

Campus near the Historic Bell

6:45 p.m.

Processional to Church from Campus
The Bell

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Lantern Service
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38126

8 p.m.

President’s Reception
Robert C. Lipscomb Dining Hall

Saturday, May 13th

8 a.m.

Robing (graduation seniors)

8:30 a.m.

Bus departs from Student Center to Commencement venue

9 a.m.        

Bus departs from hotel to commencement venue

9 a.m.        

Robing (all other participants)

9:30 a.m.

Seating of Alumni Classes (1957, 1967, 1992)

10 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony

For more information:  Marquelyn Gardner at (901) 435-1734 or marquelyn_gardner@loc.edu

Commencement Etiquette

The Commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. We ask that all guests respect the ceremony, graduates and other guests by behaving in the dignified manner that the occasion merits. In keeping with decorum and the LeMoyne-Owen College tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Keep all confetti, balloons, and noisemakers outside of the venue
  2. Food, beverages, or rude and disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Security personnel will be on-site to enforce these restrictions and prevent disruptive behavior
  3. Cellular phones should be turned to their silent operating modes to help ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the graduation activities
  4. During the reading of the names of the graduates, we ask guests to be considerate in their applause so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted. We ask that you express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speakers and enjoying the ceremony
  5. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony until after the recessional. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates

Academic Regalia

All graduates attending the Lantern Service and Commencement should wear their graduation cap, gown and tassel. The graduation cap is to be worn straight on the head so that when you look up you can see the point. It should be worn squarely on top of the head, board parallel to the floor. The cap should not be tilted to the side, forward or back. The tassel is to be worn on the right side.

Hoods, honor cords and a single stole are to be worn for Commencement only. Honor cords and stoles should be draped around the neck under the hood, with the tassels hanging as evenly as possible in the front.  Academic regalia must be ordered from Jostens during the early part of the spring semester.

Click here to order your regalia online.  DEADLINE IS MARCH 26, 2017!
The Career Services Office will inform students of the procedure for picking up caps, gowns, collars, tassels and hoods.
Following the Commencement ceremony, your academic regalia is yours to keep.

Commencement Speaker

Image result for Willie W. HerentonWillie W. Herenton, Ph.D., ’63
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, W.E.B. DuBois Consortium of Charter Schools


Dr. Willie W. Herenton is a proud member of the LeMoyne-Owen Class of 1963.


After graduating LeMoyne-Owen with his bachelor’s degree, he went on to earn his master’s from the University of Memphis and his doctorate from Southern Illinois University.


At age 27, Dr. Herenton became the youngest principal in the Memphis City Schools, a system he would later lead as its first African American superintendent. Following a stellar career in education, Dr. Herenton entered Memphis politics in 1991, launching a successful campaign to become the first African American elected mayor of Memphis.  He went on to win five consecutive terms, the only mayor in the history of Memphis to do so.


Following an historic career in politics that sparked a public housing revolution and unprecedented economic growth and investment, Dr. Herenton returned to his passion—education—founding the W.E.B. DuBois Consortium of Charter Schools, a successful venture he heads today as CEO.  The Consortium operates high performing K-12 public charter schools that focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, teacher education, leadership, ethics, public policy and career development-stranding math, science, engineering and technology throughout the curriculum. 


Graduates will receive their diploma in the mail after Commencement.  Please be sure the Records Office has your current mailing address. 
Contact for more information:
Addie Harvey, Registrar
(901) 435-1701