April 2024 Graduation

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations University of Mount Olive April 2024 Graduates!!  We want to take this time to celebrate and honor you, your accomplishments, and your bright futures!!

Graduation Speaker

Sadie Robertson-Huff to Deliver University of Mount Olive Commencement Address

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has announced that Sadie Robertson-Huff will be its May 2024 commencement speaker.

Robertson-Huff was first seen on the popular TV show “Duck Dynasty,” and later appeared on “Dancing with the Stars.”  Since then, Robertson-Huff has used her platform to share the gospel and encourage others to live lives dedicated to Christ.

Robertson-Huff is a speaker, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Influencer, and Founder of Live Original.  Communicating as a sister and friend, Robertson-Huff is on a mission to use her influence to reach her generation with the message of Christ. Robertson-Huff is the host of the popular podcast WHOA, That’s Good, which reaches millions of listeners each month. Her Live Original Blog features encouraging and transparent messages from Huff and her closest friends. She is also the host of her online community and Ap, LO Sister, which is designed to cultivate sisterhood through Bible studies and workshops.

This past fall, UMO students watched a premiere of the movie, The Blind, depicting the life and spiritual journey of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, Sadie’s grandfather. ​​Following the screening, 11 students gave their lives to Christ and 30 students were baptized.  In the months since, more than UMO 50 students have made a profession of faith.

“Having Sadie Robertson-Huff speak at our commencement is icing on the cake,” said University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom.  “God is moving on our campus and I can think of no better person to share her testimony and witness with our graduates than Mrs. Robertson-Huff.  I am certain that the graduating class of 2024 will gain great insights from her message and perspective.”

Over 300 bachelor and master’s degree students from the University’s three schools will participate in the spring commencement.  These students hail from three continents, four countries, and 16 states.  The University’s 70th commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2024, at 9:30 AM. The event will be for graduates and their ticketed guests.

You can learn more about Sadie Robertson-Huff at LiveOrginal.com or by following her on Instagram @legitsadierob.

Important Information

Students who have applied for April graduation have received an email detailing the graduation ticketing process.  Which includes the points below:

  • Graduating students do not need a ticket.
  • Each graduating student is eligible for up to four guest tickets to Kornegay Arena
  • All guests will be required to have a ticket, including young children. No strollers or balloons will be allowed in Kornegay Arena.
  • Guest tickets are not available for sale.
  • Tickets will be distributed to degree candidates through their UMO email beginning April 3, 2024.  The student’s account must be in good standing in order for guest tickets to be released.
Extra Guest Tickets

After students have claimed their initial tickets and the number of available seats is established, an email will be sent to eligible graduates the week of April 17, 2024 with more information on how to obtain extra tickets.

Arrival Details
  • Graduates should report to Pope Wellness Center (next to Kornegay Arena) in their regalia at 8:00 am for check-in.  Graduates are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
  • During check-in, graduates will receive any honor cords and the directions for school line-up in preparation for commencement.
Important Details for Guests
  • Guests may begin entering Kornegay Arena and Southern Bank Auditorium at 8:30 am through the designated doors. Entrance at other doors will not be permitted.
  • Tickets must be readily available for scan at the time of entry for each guest entering into the arena and auditorium. There will be no reentry to the arena after a ticket has been scanned.
  • Guests should select seating on the first floor of the arena to allow clearance of the aisles and back wall in preparation for the graduates to arrive and throughout the ceremony. Devices are requested to be muted throughout the ceremony.
  • Upon completion of the ceremony, guests should await the graduates’ exit and plan to exit the two arena doors that were used for entry. Exiting the doors near the stage will not be permitted.
Special Needs

Please submit any requests for graduate and/or guest accommodations by April 10, 2024 to the Registrar’s Office at registrarsoffice@umo.edu

Commencement Program
Click here to view the graduation program
Livestream

Click on the image below to view the commencement ceremony.  The livestream will be paused during the speaker’s address.

Accommodations