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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: 

Summer Commencement

  • August 21, 2023
    10:00am – Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Winter Commencement

  • December 11, 2023
    10:00am – Canon Center for the Performing Arts

Spring Commencement

  • May13-14, 2024
    Canon Center for the Performing Arts
Commencement Ceremony Contact Information 

Office of Student Life

910 Madison Ave., Suite 105


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
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.
Commencement Tickets
There will be no tickets for the August 2023 Commencement Ceremony.
Parking and Directional Signage

All faculty, staff, students, and guests may park in the Renasant Convention Center Parking Garage for free. You may access the garage by entering 266 N. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103 into your GPS. If you park in any of the city lots we will not cover your parking.

Ceremony Process
  • When the degrees are conferred, please walk up the stairs and hand the reader your name card. You will receive a green tube with a graduation letter from the Chancellor and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Success. You will then walk behind the curtain to have your picture taken. Staff will assist you in getting back to you your seat.
  • 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.
  • Students, please return your regalia using the shipping label provided to you by Oak Hall. If you have misplaced the shipping label you may contact them via e-mail at to receive a new shipping label. Regalia Must be returned within 2 weeks after your ceremony. Faculty, please leave your regalia in the faculty room to be shipped back to the vendor by the institution.

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 through the student portal. The ordering link will close July 26, 2023 at 11:59pm. Regalia will be shipped to your home. If you miss the ordering deadline, please contact the Office of Student Life at to get your regalia ordered. Late orders will be available for pick-up at the Cannon Center the morning of your ceremony.

Faculty may order regalia through the faculty portal. The ordering link closes July 5, 2023 at 11:59pm. Faculty regalia will be available for pick-up at the Center for Student Success, 910 Madison Ave., Suite 105, on August 9, 2023 from 9am-4pm.

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.

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 as soon as possible to make 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. You may also order announcements through your regalia ordering site by clicking “Accessories.”
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



Jun 2, 2023