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 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2020 at JQH Arena. Not sure of your college?

Graduation eligibility

You should begin the graduation process before or early in your final semester. The application deadlines to have your name included in the printed commencement program are:

  • March 31 for spring ceremonies
  • Oct. 31 for fall ceremonies

You may apply after that date, but your name will not be in the printed program. Access graduation eligibility for more information.

Announcements, cap and gown

Get ready for graduation day by ordering your custom announcements and regalia.

Ceremony instructions

Prepare for graduation day by reviewing ceremony details, check-in information and more.

Diplomas and transcripts

Find out when you will receive your diploma and final transcripts.

Share your photos

Use #BearGrads to share your commencement photos.

Tell us about your post-graduation plans

Undergraduates: We want to know about what's next for you after you become one of 120,000+ Missouri State alumni. This information is important to us, and the data we collect plays a part in determining our state funding.

Bear Grad Photos on Graduation Day


The Alumni Association will be taking FREE photos of graduates with the Bear, provide FREE hot chocolate, a bookstore coupon and other giveaways.  Come to the PSU (near the Bear statue) from 8:30 AM to 2 PM on December 13th for this great opportunity.