Graduation Checklist and Commencement Eligibility

Graduation Checklist for students

□ Check your degree audit

Review your degree audit to verify that all degree requirements will be met. Contact your academic advisor if you have any questions regarding your degree requirements. Graduate students should contact their program director or the Graduate College. Degree audits can be viewed through My Missouri State, Student tab, My Graduation Path channel.

□ Apply to graduate

My Missouri State, Student tab, My Graduation Path channel, "Graduation Application and Status Review" link. The deadline to have your name in the commencement program is March 31 for spring commencement and October 31 for fall commencement.

Students completing their degree in the summer will have the option of participating in the commencement ceremony the spring preceding or fall following the semester of their graduation. Summer graduates will mark their ceremony choice on their application to graduate. Summer graduates will have their names included in the corresponding commencement program if their application to graduate is submitted by the deadlines listed above. Scholastic honors will be calculated based on the scholastic honors policy.

□ Check your Advising Notes

When undergraduates apply to graduate the Office of the Registrar reviews your degree audit and leaves you an advising note under the Registration tab, My Student Records channel in My Missouri State.

□ Attend the Senior Symposium sponsored by the Office of Student Financial Aid

This event is come and go as you please, and financial aid counselors will be present to answer any last minute questions. Refer to the Senior Symposium website for event times and details. Students not able to attend the event should complete "Exit Counseling" at the Federal Student Aid website. Students who have a Perkin’s Loan will need to complete additional exit counseling through Financial Services.

□ Attend the Commencement

Students who will have graduation requirements in-progress during their intended semester of graduation (includes transfer work from other institutions) are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. See Commencement Eligibility below for more information.

□ Complete the Undergraduate Outcomes Survey

Undergraduates: You will be notified when the survey is available through Handshake, the Career Center’s online career management system for students and alumni of Missouri State University. Login to Handshake to take the survey and to connect with employers. The Career Center is available to assist you with job and graduate school search and preparation.

*Undergraduate Outcome Survey is separated from the Exit Survey which is a part of graduation requirement. For more information regarding to the Exit Survey please refer to Exit Survey website.

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Know the difference 

Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which students are publicly and formally recognized.

Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree after successfully completing credit hours and other degree requirements. Actual diplomas are not awarded at commencement ceremony and participation in the ceremonies is not a guarantee of degree completion. To officially graduate from Missouri State, a student must apply for graduation. A degree becomes official when it is posted to a student's transcript -- not by their participation in commencement ceremonies. A student does not have to be present at a commencement ceremony to receive their degree.

Commencement eligibility

The University hosts commencement ceremonies at the end of the spring and fall semester. Students who will have graduation requirements in-progress during their intended semester of graduation (includes transfer work from other institutions) are eligible to participate in 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.

Students completing degree in the summer have the option of participating in the commencement ceremony the spring preceding or fall following the semester of their graduation. Students will mark their choice on their summer application to graduate. These students will have their names included in the corresponding commencement program if they apply by the published deadline. Scholastic honors will be calculated based on the scholastic honors policy.

Undergraduate students may request permission to participate in an early commencement ceremony by contacting Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, or email request to: StudentDevelopment@MissouriState.edu.

Graduate students may request permission to participate in an early commencement ceremony by contacting Dr. Julie Masterson, Dean of the Graduate College, Carrington Hall, Room 419, 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.

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.

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 Strategic Communication sends the names of graduation candidates to their hometown newspaper. Visit the Office of Strategic Communication website or call 417-836-6397 for more information about how and when this list is distributed.