For Graduates

Becoming a Bear grad

Missouri State University is proud to be your academic foundation, and we're excited to celebrate your accomplishments!

10 a.m.

  • College of Business
  • College of Education

 1:30 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • William H. Darr School of Agriculture
  • Global Studies majors


Graduation eligibility

You should begin the graduation process before or early in your final semester. The application deadline to have your name included in the printed commencement program is October 21, 2016. You may apply after October 21, but your name will not be in the printed program. See graduation eligibility for more information.

Apply to be a student commencement speaker

Share your experience and insights, inspire your fellow graduates and leave a legacy at Missouri State at the fall 2016 ceremonies.

Speaker guidelines

  • Applications must include an outline or complete script of your speech to be considered. Speeches should be no longer than four minutes when delivered.
  • Speeches should share your personal experience with Missouri State
  • Speeches should have an over-arching theme
  • All applicants must meet a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students.
  • All applicants must be in good judicial standing.


  • Submission deadline – Sept. 12, 2016
  • Speech due – Sept. 19, 2016
  • Interviews - Week of Oct. 3, 2016
  • Announcement of speakers – Week of Oct. 17, 2016