Missouri State University

Graduation Eligibility

Important Notice

The University, with input from students, faculty members and administrators, have adopted a new maroon cap and gown for all undergraduates to wear during your ceremony. Tassels will be maroon and white. You may purchase this at the Missouri State Bookstore from now until your graduation 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 will be 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 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.

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/or 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 will be 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 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. Current semester grades have not been officially submitted at the time of Commencement. There are no exceptions to this policy. Final scholastic honors eligibility will be recognized on the diploma and academic transcript.

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 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 registered for their intersession class(es). The contact person for submitting such an appeal 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. Thomas Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College.

Those given permission to participate in an early ceremony 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.

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 an Application to Graduate. 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.

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. For more information, visit the MSU-West Plains Graduation Procedures website.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know my graduation application was received?

You will receive a confirmation email to your Missouri State email address. Additionally, you can review what you submitted by returning to the Apply to Graduate page.

I submitted my Application to graduate and need to make a change.  How can I change it?

Email the Office of the Registrar at Registrar@MissouriState.edu. Make sure to include 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?

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 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 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.

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

No, transfer work does not have to be here prior to commencement to participate in the ceremonyIt 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.

Do I need to RSVP for Commencement?

You do not need to RSVP for Commencement. A name card is prepared for every graduation candidate. You will pick up your name card on commencement day. 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.

Will there be somewhere to leave my personal items during the commencement ceremony?

No, please do not bring personal items to the Commencement ceremony 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 will receive a cordon (Summa Cum Laude-gold, Magna Cum Laude-silver, Cum Laude-maroon). Honors College graduates receive a blue stole. You will be able to pick up this regalia as you check in at Commencement.

Will I receive my diploma at Commencement?

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. Diplomas are typically printed four weeks after commencement.

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

No. Please refer to the scholastic honors policy above. If after calculating your current grades you are eligible for scholastic honors, this will be reflected on your diploma and final transcripts.

I missed the deadline to have my name printed in the Commencement Program. Can I still participate in the ceremony?

Yes, students who miss the program deadline may still participate in the Commencement ceremony and may still be recognized for scholastic honors if eligible.

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

You may pick up a diploma cover in the Office of the Registrar in Carrington 320.

It has been four weeks after commencement and I have not received my diploma.  Is something wrong?

It is likely that you have an unresolved graduation issue or you have a Hold that prevents your diploma and transcript from being released. A letter will be sent to you approximately two weeks after commencement notifying you of either 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. Application to Graduate for seniorsApplication for Graduation for masters, specialists, doctorate students.