The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony. Graduates should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. Report to ROOMS 1 and 2 of the MPEC (separate building adjacent to the Kay Yeager Coliseum.) Use the entrance to the left of the flags. Signs will indicate where the graduates will line up. Family members and guests will not be allowed in the graduate line up area and should proceed to the Kay Yeager Coliseum. As commencement draws a large audience, elderly persons and others who need special assistance should plan to arrive as early as possible. We anticipate the ceremony will last about two hours. After the recessional, graduates will proceed outside to meet family and guests.
Regalia: The MSU Bookstore is ready to assist you with your graduation needs, from regalia, to announcements and MSU ring. For your convenience, if you miss Imagine Graduation, you may come by the bookstore or order online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_mwsu/ through October 27. After that date you may call the bookstore at 940-397-4303 to order and pay for regalia. Regular bookstore hours for picking up regalia are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday. A friend or family member may pick up your regalia for you through Friday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. They will also be open Commencement Saturday, December 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the shopping convenience of family and guests. If your pre-ordered cap and gown have not been picked up by 8:00 a.m. on graduation day, they will be taken to the MPEC for you to pick up.
Honors: Cords for Honor bachelor's candidates (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) will be distributed as you line up. They are to be worn pinned to the left shoulder seam.
Dress: All graduates will wear an Academic Gown and a Mortar Board (without personal accessories or messages). All tassels should be worn on the right and will be shifted to the left together, except for master's candidates who will wear their tassel on the left the entire ceremony. Casual wear is not appropriate. Graduates may not wear jewelry or flowers on the gown and may not carry a purse or camera. There will be no secure place to leave valuables during the ceremony. Pin car keys to the inside of the gown if necessary. Female candidates for the associate and bachelors degrees should have white collars in their gown packets. All Master’s candidates will have hoods instead of collars, which they will carry on the right arm so they can be hooded during the ceremony. The hoods will be issued by the Bookstore.
Diplomas: When you walk across the stage, you will be handed a diploma cover. Grades for December graduates will be submitted the week following commencement. If all of your degree requirements are completed, diplomas may be picked up beginning January 16, 2015. You must bring a picture I.D. If you have someone else pick up your diploma, you must send a signed authorization for us to release it to that person and they must show appropriate identification. If you asked us to mail your diploma, it will be mailed about January 23, 2015. Students who did not complete degree requirements will be notified by letter.
Photographer, Recording, and DVD: The University has arranged for a photographer to take pictures as you shake hands with President Rogers and additional poses after you exit the stage. The photograph with the President is candid, so you do not have to stop to pose for that photo. Proofs will be mailed to your current mailing address as you indicate on the line up card. If your email or address changes, update your records in WebWorld and contact the Audit Team in the Registrar's Office at email@example.com.
The ceremony is being recorded and will air on digital Channel 2 or QAM 11.1 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 16 through Friday, December 19. If you are interested in purchasing a DVD, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Information at (940) 397-4352 or click here to order online after December 1.
Attendance at Commencement is a degree requirement for December graduates unless officially excused. If you are absolutely unable to be here, contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain a form to request permission to graduate in absentia.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (940) 397-4116.