For Graduates

Becoming a Bear grad

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

Spring commencement will include ceremonies at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5p.m.  Friday, May. 19, 2017 at JQH Arena. Not sure of your college?

10 a.m.

  • College of Business

 1:30 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • General Studies majors
  • Global Studies majors

 5 p.m.

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • William H. Darr College of Agriculture

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 March 31, 2017. You may apply after March 31st, 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 Spring 2017 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 – March 10, 2017
  • Speech due – March 13, 2017
  • Interviews - Week of March 20, 2017
  • Announcement of speakers – Week of April 3, 2017