|TBA, 2013||Begin ordering personalized announcements and cap/gown/tassel/hood online. Check back here June 3 for dates and link to order online. (see below for other options)|
|June 19, 2013||Graduation Celebration at MSU Bookstore (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Cap and gowns can be picked up immediately during Graduation Celebration.|
|June 24, 2013||Midnight deadline to order cap and gown online for delivery to bookstore during Commencement week (no shippping fee)|
|June 28, 2013||5:00 p.m. deadline for submitting an Intent to Graduate or Application for Graduation for printed Commencement Program.|
|July 10, 2013||Midnight deadline to order cap and gown online for home delivery (shipping fee will apply)|
|July 29-Aug 1, 2013||Purchase cap/gown/tassel/hood at the bookstore|
|August 2, 2013||Commencement ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. (see below for more information)|
|August 6, 2013||Grades available on the "My Missouri State" system|
|August 16, 2013||Transcripts available with Summer 2013 degrees posted|
|September 27, 2013||Diplomas begin being mailed by Office of the Registrar to permanent address.|
|July 22, 2013||Thesis deadline: last day to submit approved thesis to the Graduate College
Seminar deadline: last day to submit acceptance sheet of approved research project to the Graduate College
|July 26, 2013||Comprehensive examination results due in the Graduate College by noon.|
Option 1: Order personalized announcements online. Check back here on June 3 for dates and link to order online.
Option 2: Go to the Graduation Celebration at the MSU Bookstore on the following date to purchase announcements from Herff Jones: June 19, 2013 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Special offers on announcements, rings, and diploma frames.
Your degree, major, and time of ceremony are printed on the announcement. If you do not know your degree or title of your major, use the My Missouri State find the information on record. If you are unsure of your college, check the list of colleges and departments. See below for the division of ceremonies.
All graduates are required to wear authorized caps, gowns, hoods (as applicable) and tassels. Cap and gown package purchase prices are bachelors-$29.99; masters-$58.99 (including hood); specialists-$64.99 (including hood); doctors-$69.99 (includes hood). Extra Tassel:$8.99
Option 1: Order online and have your cap/gown mailed to the MSU bookstore or your home address. Check back here on June 3 for the date and link to order online.
Option 2: Go to the Graduation Celebration at the MSU Bookstore on the following date to purchase cap/gown: June 19, 2013 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. You will be able to pick up the cap and gown immediately. Special offers on announcements, rings, and diploma frames.
Option 3: If you miss the deadline for ordering online, you may purchase your cap/gown at the Bookstore on July 29-August 1, 2013 or at the main floor of Hammons Student Center at Commencement on August 2, 2013 one hour prior to the ceremony.
Students who have questions regarding their scholastic honors eligibility should first read the Scholastic Honors Policy and then contact the Office of the Registrar, (417) 836-5520, Carrington 320 with further questions. Students who are eligible for scholastic honors recognition may pick up their cordon on the main floor of Hammons Student Center on the day of Commencement. Scholastic honors are automatically calculated by the University, so the student does not need to do anything in advance related to scholastic honors.
As noted in the policy, recognition for honors at the Commencement ceremony is based on GPA eligibility at the conclusion of the preceding semester (Spring 2013). Summer 2013 grades have not been officially submitted at the time of Commencement. There are no exceptions to this policy. Final scholastic honors eligibility (including Summer 2013 grades) will be recognized on the diploma and academic transcript.
Note: Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 undergraduate credit hours at Missouri State University prior to official graduation to qualify for any honors. Additionally, honors are based on the LOWEST GPA of your Missouri State GPA and your combined GPA.
Note: Graduate students are not eligible for scholastic honors.
Note: Students who participate in Missouri S&T's cooperative engineering program are eligible to participate in Missouri State's commencement ceremony. Their scholastic honors (based on Missouri S&T scholastic honors requirements, which are different from Missouri State) will be listed in Missouri State's printed commencement program and will be read aloud during name announcement. Since Missouri S&T does not issue honors cordons, cooperative engineering students do not wear honors cordons.
Missouri State University graduation candidates who have served in the military or who are scheduled to receive ROTC commissioning will be recognized with a red, white, and blue cordon. Eligible graduation candidates will be contacted by Veteran Student Services. The cordon may be picked up through the Veteran Student Services office prior to commencement.
Friday, August 2, 2013
1:00 p.m. (all colleges, all students)
There is one ceremony and undergraduate division is by college of major (program of study). If you are unsure of your college, check the list of colleges and departments.
Masters and Specialists degree candidates will march together with all other graduate degree candidates.
Friday, August 2, 2013
1:00 p.m. (all colleges, all students)
In fair weather the graduates will be marched out of the northwest entrance of JQH Arena. Graduates are requested to prearrange a meeting place with their guests at a location outside the Arena.
Graduates will be required to march from the main floor of Hammons Student Center to the main floor of JQH Arena. If you need special accommodations of any type, you should notify Mr. Andrew Wright, Commencement Chair and Assistant Vice-President/Director of Admissions, at (417) 836-5517 no later than one week prior to the ceremony.
The University must have at least one week notice of any disability accommodation (other than seating) for guests in order to serve the needs identified. That notice must be to Mr. Andrew Wright, Commencement Chair and Assistant Vice-President/Director of Admissions, at (417) 836-5517. There is no need to contact Mr. Wright for seating accommodation, which is described below.
Special (non-reserved) seating areas are available for guests with permanent or temporary disabilities. No stairways are encountered. Guests in wheelchairs as well as those who are unable to climb stairs are permitted in these areas. Due to space limitations, we ask that only one other family member be seated with the guest in the special areas. There are no reservations taken for these seats. To seek assistance in locating this seating, you may see one of the ushers located at the entrances the day of the ceremony.
Visit the Career Center to discover the many resources available to Missouri State students and alumni as you continue your job search. It's not too late to register with Career Center to participate in on-campus recruiting and to have your resume referred to employers.
Don't forget to complete the Graduate Follow-Up Survey which you will be receiving in the mail. This information is confidential and helps us better serve Missouri State students and may result in your winning a $25 Bookstore gift certificate.
Visit the Alumni Association table at the cap and gown pick-up area in the bookstore July 29 - August 1, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and August 2 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. We have a GIFT for you! We are proud of your accomplishments and want to keep in touch with you after you leave Missouri State. Complete an Alumni Record Form and pick up your graduation memento from the Alumni Association. Not picking up a cap and gown? Drop by anyway. All graduates are invited to receive a gift. After August 2, 2013, call (417) 836-5654 to find out where to pick up your memento.
The goal of the Missouri State Alumni Association is to be your lifelong link to the University--to keep you informed and involved with your alma mater for the rest of your life. All alumni (with current addresses on file) receive:
Each semester, the Office of University Communications sends the names of Missouri State University graduation candidates to their hometown newspapers. See the Office of University Communications web site for more information about how and when this list is distributed. For more information, contact the Office of University Communications at (417) 836-6397.
Grad Images will be taking individual portraits one hour prior to each commencement ceremony on the main floor of Hammons Student Center. No appointment is necessary and portrait sittings are free. A candid photograph will also be taken at the student's moment of recognition in the ceremony.
Graduates will be sent a free passport sized digital proof of these photos with ordering information within 5 to 7 days following the commencement ceremony. Graduates will also receive an email notification with a secure link to photos. Students may place orders or obtain answers to questions at www.gradimages.com or 1-800-424-3686. There is no obligation to purchase, and Grad Images guarantees complete satisfaction.
Students must have ALL graduation requirements in-progress during their intended semester of graduation (includes transfer work from other institutions) in order to be eligible to participate in Commencement.
The only possible exception to this policy are those students who will complete all their graduation requirements during the subsequent intersession. Undergraduate students who meet this criteria may request permission to participate in an early commencement ceremony by petitioning Dr. Rachelle Darabi in the Office of the Provost after they have actually registered for their intersession class(es). The contact person for submitting such an appeal to Dr. Darabi is Lori Roessler (Academic Assistance Program Coordinator for Student Development and Public Affairs). Appeals may be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Roessler at LoriRoessler@missouristate.edu. Graduate students would request permission to participate in an early commencement ceremony by petitioning Dr. Tom Tomasi, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College.
Those given permission to participate in an early should understand that, although their name will be read during the ceremony, it will not appear in the commencement program nor will they officially graduate until the conclusion of the semester in which all graduation requirements have been completed. Per University intersession policy, fall intersession (August) is part of the following fall semester, winter intersession (January) is part of the following spring semester, and summer intersession (late May/early June) is part of the following summer session. Students who receive permission to participate are not eligible to be recognized for scholastic honors during the Commencement ceremony.
If you are completing your degree through MSU Springfield at the West Plains campus, you may wish to participate in the Missouri State University-West Plains Commencement ceremony instead of (or in addition to) the Springfield Commencement ceremony. For information on how to participate in this ceremony, please see the MSU-West Plains Graduation Procedures page.
Q: How can I make sure that I have taken care of everything?
A: Please review the "Graduation Checklist" above to ensure you have completed (or are aware of) everything on the checklist. If you have a question regarding your degree audit, please consult with your academic advisor. If you an undergraduate student and have questions concerning your graduation eligibility, you may also visit the Office of the Registrar in person and a staff member will go over your graduation eligibility with you. If you an graduate student and have questions concerning your graduation eligibility, you may also visit the Graduate College to review your graduation eligibility with you.
Q: I have transfer work from another school that will help fulfill my remaining graduation requirements. Do I need to do anything? Does the transfer work have to be here prior to the Commencement ceremony in order to be eligible to participate?
A: Please inform the Office of the Registrar that you will have transfer work to come in at the end of the semester. There is an information box at the bottom of the Intent to Graduate form where you can communicate this to us. We record this information so that when graduation checks begin after final grading, we know to expect further transfer work from you. It is highly likely that your transfer work will not be received prior to commencement, and it will not prevent you from participating in the Commencement ceremony. Assuming your transfer work will fulfill your remaining graduation requirements, you will receive a letter in the mail informing you that you have until the mid-point of the next semester (the specific date is included in the letter) to get your transfer work here and evaluated by the Admissions Office. It is important that you request an official transcript of your transfer work to be sent to Missouri State as soon as your transfer work has been graded.
Q: Do I need to RSVP for Commencement?
A: You do not need to RSVP for Commencement. A name card is prepared for every eligible graduation candidate which is picked up at check-in for graduation on the main floor of Hammons Student Center. The name card is used to announce your name during the ceremony. If you are not present, your name will not be read during the ceremony.
Q: I am planning to bring personal belongings (i.e. coat, purse, umbrella) to the Commencement Ceremony. Where can I leave them?
A: Please do not bring these items to the Commencement ceremony as there is no safe place to store them during the ceremony. It is recommended that you leave these items with family and friends or leave them in your vehicle. You should not pick up a Commencement program when you arrive as one will be in your chair on the arena floor.
Q: What do I get to wear to recognize my scholastic honors and/or Honors College participation?
Only students eligible for University scholastic honors and Honors College graduates are allowed to wear extra academic regalia. Students in departmental and national honor societies are not allowed to wear additional regalia. Those students who are eligible for scholastic honors cordons or Honors College stoles will be able to pick up this regalia as they check in at Commencement. Honors College graduates will receive a blue stole. Students who are eligible for scholastic honors (see "Scholastic Honors" above) will be able to pick up their cordon (Summa Cum Laude-gold, Magna Cum Laude-silver, Cum Laude-maroon) as they check in at Commencement.
Q: Will I receive my diploma at Commencement?
A: No. Final grades are not yet due at the time of Commencement. Once final grades are processed, a review of each graduation candidate's eligibility is completed and diplomas are prepped for mailing. This process takes 6-8 weeks. Please see the "Important Dates and Deadlines" at the top of the page to find out when diploma mailing will begin.
Q: I have checked the "Scholastic Honors" eligibility above and I am not currently eligible for scholastic honors. If my instructors will confirme my grades for my last semester, will you consider them for recognition at the Commencement?
A: No. Exceptions to the scholastic honors policy cannot be made. Scholastic honors eligibility is based on your GPA level at the end of the semester prior to your intended semester of graduation. Final grades are not due yet at the time of the Commencement ceremony. Even if your instructor were willing to confirm your grades, it would not be fair to all of the other graduation candidates to not have their final grades considered as well. Final scholastic honors eligibility will include final grades and will be reflected on your diploma and transcript. Students who become eligible for scholastic honors based on final grades, or who were eligible but whose level of honors changed based on final grades, may receive their scholastic honors cordon by contacting the Dean of Students Office at (417) 836-5527.
Q: I missed the deadline for inclusion in the printed Commencement Program. Can I get my name printed in the program anyway?
A: No. Unfortunately, in order for the Commencement programs to be ready for the ceremony, a strict deadline must be honored to give the printer enough time to produce the program. Once the program has been sent to print, we are unable to make any further changes. However, students who miss the program deadline may still participate in the Commencement ceremony and may still be recognized for scholastic honors if eligible.
Q: The date in which the "Important Dates and Deadlines" states my diploma will be mailed has arrived and I do not have my diploma yet. Is something wrong?
A: The "important Dates and Deadlines" indicates the date that the diploma mailing process begins. Depending on the number of graduates, all diplomas may not go out the first day of mailing. It is recommended that you wait at least one week past the deadline before inquiring about your diploma. Additionally, the following items may delay the receipt of your diploma: