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 take place 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., May 13, 2016.  Division is by college of major. Not sure of your college?

10:00 a.m.

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

1:30 p.m.

  • College of Business

5:00 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • 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 Apri 1, 2016. You may apply after April 1, but your name will not be in the printed program. See graduation eligibility for more information.

Student Commencement Speaker

Interested in becoming a student speaker for the 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony? Here’s a great opportunity to share your experience, inspire your fellow graduates, and leave your legacy at Missouri State University. 

The deadline to submit your initial application is Friday, March 4th. Once your application is received, the head of the selection committee will contact you with instructions of how to submit your speech. Please review the following information, timeline and criteria before applying. 

March 4th: Application due

March 14th: Committee review

March 28th: Applicant Interviews start

April 11th: Student speakers selected

To qualify, applicants must be graduating during one of the Spring commencement ceremonies and be active in the social and educational community at MSU. Speeches should be 2-3 minutes in length, have an overarching theme and be submitted typed, double spaced and 12pt font. There will be one student speaker selected for each ceremony. Please, submit the following information to apply. 



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