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Commencement Updates

Our commencement ceremonies are open seating for guests. You will not need a ticket to attend our commencement ceremonies. Live streaming will be available for anyone who cannot attend. Those links will be added closer to each ceremony on the Watch Commencement Live! page.

Commencement Dates

We will host Memphis commencement activities in person on the following days: 

Winter Commencement

  • December 12, 2022 at 10:00 am -  Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Spring Commencement

  • May 8, 2023
    College of Health Professions: 10:00 am
    College of Medicine: 1:00 pm
    College of Pharmacy: 4:30 pm
  • May 9, 2023
    College of Nursing: 10:00 am
    College of Graduate Health Sciences: 12:00 pm
    College of Dentistry: 4:00 pm

All of these ceremonies will commence at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Commencement Ceremony Contact Information 

Student Affairs and Community Engagement
800 Madison Avenue, Suite 309

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for awarding degrees and certificates. Students must meet all requirements before degrees/certificates are awarded.
For specific requirements, students should contact their academic department.

Memphis Hotel Accommodations

We want to ensure our families have options when traveling to Memphis for commencement. Below are a few suggestions we have:

  • Canopy Hotel, 164 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103, 901-467-0309
  • Hampton Inn, 175 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN 38103, 901-260-4006
  • River Inn, 50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103, 901-260-3333
  • Country Inn & Suites, 2270 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38016, 901-386-1110
  • Marriott Memphis East, 5795 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119, 901-682-0080
Commencement Tickets
There will be no tickets for the August 2022 commencement ceremony.
Is there a limit to the number of guests one can invite?
No, there is not a limit to the number of guests a student can invite.
Parking and Directional Signage
Memphis Renasant Convention Center Parking (Main Venue Parking)

Price: $8-$10
Parking Garage entrance on Front St. 

MLGW Parking Garage
Price: $2/hour
Distance: 1 minute walk
Address: 236 Front St
Mud Island Garage
Price: $3 - $10
Distance: 3 minute walk
Address: 125 N Front St
99 Tower Parking Garage
Price: $1/hr, $2/2 hours - $6 max
Distance: 7 minute walk
Address: 86 N Front St
Best Park Parking Lot (Cook Lot)
Price: 1-4 hour $5
Distance: 5 minute walk
Address: 242 N 2nd St
Ceremony Process
  • When the degrees are conferred, please walk up the ramp and your name will be read from an alphabetical list as you cross the stage. You will receive a green tube with a graduation celebration letter from the Chancellor. Then you will descend off of the stage and stop about half-way to have your picture taken. Afterwards, you will return to your seat for the remainder of the ceremony.
  • Please be seated immediately after returning to your seat.
  • Graduates will not return to the graduate lineup area. Please do not bring any items that you will need to carry or store.
  • Regalia must be returned before you’re the venue. Regalia drop off will be located at the coat check. There will be signage.
Commencement Day Etiquette
  • Students and faculty may arrive 1 1/2 hours prior to the ceremony start time.
  • Guests may arrive 1 hour prior to the ceremony start time.
Regalia Ordering and Pick-up
Students may order regalia using the student regalia order form. The deadline to order student regalia is November 7, 2022. Faculty may order regalia using the faculty regalia order form. The deadline to order faculty regalia is November 21, 2022. Regalia may be picked up on December 6, 2022 and December 8, 2022 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the HSC Hub located on the 1st Floor of the Madison Plaza.
How early do I need to arrive to the ceremony?

Graduates are asked to arrive 1 ½ hours prior to ceremony start time. Guests are asked to arrive 1 hour prior to ceremony start time.

Commencement Pictures

The University provides professional graduation photo services through GradImages. Graduates will be contact by GradImages following commencement and offered the opportunity to purchase photos. Graduates and their guests will not be allowed to take photos in the lobby of the Cannon Center before or after the ceremony. 

How long does graduation usually last?
The ceremony can last approximately 1½ hours, depending on the speaker and number of students graduating.
Disability Accommodations
  • Graduates or their guests in need of accessibility assistance to attend the commencement ceremony should e-mail SACE as soon as possible to make the appropriate arrangements.
  • Please, include the following information:
      • Name
      • College
      • Guest name requesting accommodations
      • Accommodation needs
      • Name of escort (if needed)
How can I order announcements?
You may order announcements by visiting Make sure to completely spell out “University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center,” when searching for our campus. All information regarding the venue, date, and time should be available on the website of the vendor.
Replacement Diploma Request

Replacement Diploma Policy:

  • A replacement diploma will be issued if a notarized statement is sent to the Office of the University Registrar attesting that the original diploma was lost, destroyed, never received, or if the student had a legal name change.
  • The name printed on the replacement diploma will be the same as the name printed on the original diploma unless there is a legal name change. If there is a legal name change, the original diploma and copies of any legal documents must be returned with this notarized statement (i.e. marriage license, divorce decree, driver's license, social security card, etc.).
  • The cost of the diploma is $20.00 plus $10.80 for shipping. If it is to be shipped to an address within Tennessee, an additional $1.85 is required for tax. Check or money order should be made payable to University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of the replacement diploma. Send your request to UTHSC Office of the Registrar, 910 Madison, Ste. 105, Memphis, TN 38163.

Replacement Diplomas may be requested by:
Submitting a request in person or by mail to:

Registrar's Office
910 Madison Ave, Suite 520
Memphis, TN 38163

Duplicate/Replacement Diploma Request Form

Places to Visit in Memphis

Visit Memphis Travel for local trip recommendations. Below is a list of recommendations for some of the top Memphis restaurants and attractions:

  • Majestic Grille
  • Flying Fish
  • Gus’s World-Famous Chicken
  • Central BBQ
  • Rizzo’s
  • Bleu
  • McEwens
  • Blues City Café
  • Flight
  • Maciel’s
  • Pearl’s Oyster House
  • Peabody Place
  • Capriccio Grille
  • Huey’s
  • Automatic Slims
  • Miss Polly’s
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Riverside 
  • Beale Street 
  • Civil Rights Museum




Oct 12, 2022