Missouri State University

Graduation Eligibility

Important Notice

The University, with input from students, faculty members and administrators, has adopted a new maroon gown and maroon and white tassels for all undergraduates to wear in the commencement ceremony. Masters and doctorate regalia remains the same.

Checklist for undergraduate students

  1. Apply to graduate through My Missouri State. Under the Academics tab, look for “Apply to Graduate” in the Commencement channel. Watch a YouTube video on the New Application to Graduate System (3.5 minutes).
  2. Review your degree audit to verify that all degree requirements will be met. Contact your academic advisor or the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions regarding your degree requirements. Degree audits are available under the Academics tab in My Missouri State; look for “Degree Audit” in the Student Records channel
  3. Complete the University Exit Exam by adding the course GEN 499 to your final semester schedule. See the University Exit Exam website for more information. 
  4. Clear all Holds such as overdue library books and fines, outstanding financial obligations to the University, etc. While a Hold does not prevent participation in the commencement ceremony or awarding of the degree, it does prevent the release of your diploma and/or transcript. 
  5. Federal Stafford Loan recipients must complete Exit Counseling at http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/SaEcWelcome.do. While failure to complete exit counseling does not prevent participation in the commencement ceremony or awarding of the degree, it's important to follow through with this procedure so that your lenders are notified of your graduation date.
  6. Review the Commencement website for ceremony details.
  7. Visit the Career Center website to discover the many resources available to Missouri State students and alumni. 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 receive 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.

Checklist for masters, specialists, and doctorate students

  1. Submit an Application for Graduation at: https://www.missouristate.edu/secure/graduate/onlinegradapp.htm or in person at the Graduate College (Carrington Hall 306).
  2. Review the Graduation Information for Graduate students.
  3. Clear all Holds such as overdue library books and fines, outstanding financial obligations to the University, etc. While a Hold does not prevent participation in the commencement ceremony or awarding of the degree, it does prevent the release of your diploma and transcript. 
  4. Federal Stafford Loan recipients must complete Exit Counseling at http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/SaEcWelcome.do. While failure to complete exit counseling does not prevent participation in the commencement ceremony or awarding of the degree, it's important to follow through with this procedure so that your lenders are  notified of your graduation date.

  5. Review the Commencement website for ceremony details.

Scholastic honors (undergrads only)

Undergraduate 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. Scholastic honors are automatically calculated, so students do not need to do anything in advance.

As noted in the policy, recognition for honors at the Commencement ceremony is based on GPA eligibility at the conclusion of the preceding semester. Current semester grades have not been officially submitted at the time of Commencement. There are no exceptions to this policy. Final scholastic honors, based the final GPA, are printed on the diploma and final transcript.

Important 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.

Commencement eligibility

Students must have all graduation requirements in-progress during their intended semester of graduation (includes transfer work from other institutions) to be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The only possible exception to this policy is for those students who will complete all graduation requirements during the subsequent Intersession period. Students must register for their Intersession class(es) before submitting a request.

Undergraduate students who meet the criteria and wish to participate in an early commencement ceremony must contact Lori Roessler, Academic Assistance Program Coordinator for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034, or email request to: LoriRoessler@missouristate.edu.

Graduate students may request permission to participate in an early commencement ceremony by contacting Dr. Thomas Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College, Carrington Hall, Room 306, 417-836-5335.

Those given permission to participate in an early ceremony will not have their name included in the printed commencement program nor will they officially graduate until the conclusion of the semester in which all graduation requirements have been completed. Undergraduate students who receive permission to participate are not eligible to be recognized for scholastic honors during the Commencement ceremony.

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.

Cooperative engineering students

Students who participate in Missouri S&T's cooperative engineering program are eligible to participate in Missouri State's commencement ceremony. They do not need to submit a Missouri State Application to Graduate. Scholastic honors (based on Missouri S&T scholastic honors requirements, which are different from Missouri State) are listed in Missouri State's printed commencement program and are included in the announcement of the graduate's name during the ceremony. Since Missouri S&T does not issue honors cordons, cooperative engineering students do not wear honors cordons.

West Plains students

Students completing a MSU degree at the West Plains Campus may participate in the West Plains Campus commencement ceremony instead of, or in addition to, the Springfield campus ceremony. Refer to the MSU-West Plains Graduation Procedures website for more information.

News Release of Graduation Candidates

Each semester, the Office of University Communications sends the names of graduation candidates to their hometown newspaper. Visit the Office of University Communications website or call (417) 836-6397 for more information about how and when this list is distributed.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know my graduation application was received?

You will receive an email confirmation at your Missouri State email address. You can also review what you submitted on the "Apply for Graduation" page in My Missouri State, Academics Tab, Commencement Channel.

How do I change the information I submitted on my Application to graduate?

Email the Office of the Registrar at Registrar@MissouriState.edu and provide your BearPass number and specific information that needs to be changed.

I have transfer work from another school that will fulfill my remaining graduation requirements. Do I need to do anything?

Yes, you need to inform the Office of the Registrar to expect transfer work to come in at the end of the semester. There is an information box at the bottom of the Application to Graduate where you can list specific classes that will be transferring. Assuming your transfer work will fulfill your remaining graduation requirements, you will receive a letter in the mail informing you of the specific deadline when the official transcript of the coursework must be received and evaluated by the Admissions Office.

Does transfer work have to be here prior to the Commencement ceremony in order to be eligible to participate?

No, we do not require official transcripts or grade verification of the coursework prior to commencement day. However, you must request an official transcript be sent directly to the Missouri State Office of Admissions as soon as your transfer work has been graded.

Do I need to RSVP for Commencement?

No, name cards for all graduation candidates are prepared in advance by the Office of the Registrar. Students pick up their name card in Hammons Student Center on commencement day. If you are not present, your name will not be announced during the ceremony.

Will there be somewhere in Hammons Student Center to leave my personal items during the commencement ceremony?

No, please do not bring personal items with you as there is no safe place to store them

How will my scholastic honors and or Honors College participation be recognized?

If you are eligible for scholastic honors, you may pick up an honors cordon in Hammons Student Center the day of commencement to wear in the ceremony. Additionally, Honors College graduates receive a blue stole to wear. Honors are included in the printed program and included in the announcement of your name during the ceremony.

Will my current grades be considered for scholastic honors at the commencement ceremony?

No, current grades are not due from faculty until the week after commencement. Final scholastic honors, based on your final GPA, are reflected on your diploma and final transcript. Email the Office of the Registrar at Registrar@MissouriState.edu if you wish to verify your eligibility for honors.

If I missed the deadline to have my name in the printed Commencement program can I still participate in the ceremony?

Yes, you may still participate in the ceremony and be recognized for scholastic honors if eligible.

May I borrow a cap and gown from a former graduate?

Yes, but only if it's the correct color and style. All undergraduates must now wear the new maroon cap and gown and maroon and white tassel. Graduate students wear black gowns and all-maroon tassels. View the photos on the Bookstore website for details.

If I’m not planning to participate in the commencement ceremony can I still get a diploma cover?

Yes, you may pick up a diploma cover in the Office of the Registrar in Carrington 320. Also, printed commencement programs can be picked up the week following commencement.

Will I receive my diploma at Commencement?

No, final grades are not yet due at the time of Commencement. A final review of each graduation candidate's eligibility is completed after final grades are received the week following commencement. Diplomas are typically printed four weeks after commencement.

If I haven't received my diploma within four weeks is something wrong?

It is likely that you have an unresolved graduation issue or a Hold that prevents your diploma and transcript from being released. You will receive a letter in the mail approximately two weeks after commencement notifying you of any issue.

How does a former student who no longer has access to My Missouri State submit an Application for Graduate?

Student may print and submit a PDF version of the application.