Graduation Information

Students are expected to be registered and enrolled in at least one graduate credit hour during the term of expected graduation. 


Friday, May 5, 2017
  Murphy Athletic Center
Middle Tennessee State University


Ceremony begins at 3:00 pm 

Notice of Intent to Graduate Submission Deadlines

Spring 2017 - February 2, 2017
Summer 2017 - June 4, 2017
Fall 2017 - September 6, 2017

Prospective Candidates List


Schedule of Events

2:00 p.m.
Line up in designated area. Murphy Athletic Center. No rehearsal prior to ceremony. No late entrance will be permitted after 2:30 p.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.
3:00 p.m.
Ceremony Begins

Line of March

(will be posted on May 1, 2017)

2017 SPRING Graduate Line of March

2017 SPRING Graduate Line of March Alphabetical List



Ceremony Information

The commencement ceremony for students receiving Doctoral, Specialist in Education, or Masters degrees will take place on Friday, May 5th at 3:00 PM in the Murphy Athletic Center. Candidates are required to arrive by 2:00 PM. No late entrance will be permitted after 2:30 PM. This policy will be strictly enforced.

NOTE: There is no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony.

Line of March

The Line of March will be available on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the link listed above. Be sure to make a note of your assigned gym, row number, and person number.

Attending at the Ceremony

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not confirm the receipt of a degree. Degrees are confirmed and awarded the week following the ceremony.

The ceremony takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Participating students are not permitted to leave during the ceremony so please take this in consideration when planning your celebration activities afterwards. Graduates should make arrangements to meet family and friends on the track level of the gym or outside of Murphy Center. No one other than the candidates are allowed on the lower concourses of Murphy Center.

In Absentia Status

If you do not plan to attend your commencement ceremony you must submit a In Absentia form. This form is due no later than April 21, 2017. Students not participating in commencement will not have their names announced during the ceremony.

Caps and Gowns

The cost of your cap and gown is included in the campus access fee paid at the time of registration. There is no additional charge. Questions about commencement regalia should be directed to Melisa Warner at Phillips Bookstore at (615) 898-2702 or

Commencement regalia will only be available for pick-up at Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union Building during the week of finals:

  • Friday, April 28, 2017 between 7:30-4:00
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 between 10:00-2:00
  • Monday, May 1-Thursday, May 4 between 7:30-6:00

Participants should make arrangements to pick up your regalia during these dates and times. Regalia is not available after the scheduled pick-up times nor will be available on the day of commencement. Regalia will not mailed or shipped.

Participants in the commencement ceremony are required to wear regalia. Active military may wear their uniforms in lieu of the academic cap and gown.

Dress Code

Business casual is the desired dress code for your ceremony. Suit jackets and ties are not required. The auxiliary gyms where you initially lie up may be warm and you will have gowns over your clothing, so please dress accordingly.


General Information:

Diplomas will be ready and available for pick-up on May 23-26, 2017 in the Student Services and Admissions Center (SSAC Building), Room 150 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Diplomas will be mailed after May 30, 2017. If you do not pick up your diploma, it will be mailed to the address that displays on the Prior College and Graduation Information link in RaiderNet. There will be a $10.00 charge to change your name on your diploma, once the diplomas have been printed. The diploma is 11” by 14” for graduate students and will only have your degree information printed on it. Majors, concentrations, and minors are not printed on the diploma

Diploma Name Confirmation:

A graduation information link is available in your Pipeline account.  Log into your Pipeline account > RaiderNet tab > Student tab > Student Record link, and click on Prior College & Graduation Information. Your name as it will be printed on your diploma can be seen in the box labeled "Graduation". Your diploma name is the name listed in the MTSU system at the time you submitted your Intent to Graduate formIf you need to change your diploma name, for example, add a middle name, change a last name, etc., send an email to and attach legal documentation showing your name exactly as you are requesting it to be printed for the diploma. Legal documentation may include driver’s license, marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce decree, passport, court-ordered document, permanent resident card, or naturalization papers. If you wish this name change to be made within the MTSU system permanently also include a Request For Name Change On Official University Record form ( along with your documentation. Scan and email all documents to or fax to (615) 898-5538. All diploma name changes must be submitted by March 3, 2017. 

Legal documentation is not required if you are simply changing an existing middle name to an initial or removing a middle or maiden name from your diploma name.  However, if your diploma name is listed in the Graduation box in RaiderNet as John R. Smith and you want to add Robert as the middle name, legal documentation will have to be provided.

International students must contact Isaac Taylor or Meghan Lunders in the College of Graduate Studies to update names for diplomas. If your name is changed you must notify to update your diploma name. 


Diploma Address Verification:

You should also confirm your diploma mailing address by logging into your Pipeline account > RaiderNet tab > Student tab > Student Record link, and click on Prior College & Graduation Information. If this is not where your diploma should be mailed contact to update your address. Diplomas not picked up in person will be mailed to this address. All diploma mailing address updates must be submitted by May 5, 2017



Transcripts for verified May graduates will be available after Thursday, May 11, 2017. Candidates may complete and submit a transcript request form prior to commencement and indicate "HOLD FOR DEGREE" on the form. 

Coursework Completion

All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed by 10:30 PM on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and all incomplete grades must be removed by 4:30 PM on April 28, 2017.


Students desiring initial teaching certificates and are not enrolled in student teaching, or are adding endorsements need to contact the Teacher Licensure Office, COE Room 214, (615) 904-8001 after grades have been posted for the semester.


Personal Items

Leave any valuables (large purses, bags, backpacks, etc.) that do not fit in your pockets with your invited guest during the ceremony. Small purses are allowed under your gown. The staging gyms are locked during the ceremony and will be unlocked after the conclusion of commencement. Middle Tennessee State University is not responsible for valuables left in these gyms. 

Silence your cell phone during the ceremony.

The use of air horns or other such devices by students or guest is prohibited and will be confiscated if brought into Murphy Center.

Outstanding University Debt

Chapter 654 of the Public Acts of 1976 prohibits state institutions of higher education from issuing diplomas, certificates of credit or grade reports to any student unless the student has satisfied all debts or obligations owed to the institution. If you have parking tickets or other outstanding debts, please clear these with the Business Office by 4:00 PM on Friday, May 5, 2017. The Business Office cashier windows are located in the Student Services and Admissions Center, 2nd Floor, (615) 898-2111.


Arrangements have been made by the Office of News and Public Affairs to have a professional photographer take a picture of you as you cross the stage to shake hands with the President. A small color proof will be sent to you at no charge or obligation along with information regarding enlargements. GradImages can be contacted at or at (800) 261-2576.

Remote Viewing

The commencement ceremony wil be available for viewing on the Internet for those who are unable to attend in person. Go to the MTSU homepage for more details on accessing the webcast on the day of graduation. Students not participating in the commencement ceremony will not be announced.

Special Facilities

Any student requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact the Records Office at or at (615) 898-5170 by April 14, 2017. Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for family members or guests should be directed to Murphy Center, (615) 898-2752, or view a campus map showing disabled parking areas. For visitors that park in the Greenland parking lot, there is a station that will transport people with mobility issues to Murphy Center in golf carts. When pulling into the Greenland lot, ask the police officer for directions to the station.