Graduation Information

May 2020 Gown and RSVP Update (pdf) as of June 12, 2020

AUGUST 8, 2020 GRADUATION*

It is expected that during the summer term all pending August graduates will regularly check their MTSU email for important graduation and commencement information sent from Records@mtsu.edu.

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  The University made the announcement that the August 8, 2020, graduation ceremony will not be held.  

Graduation Help

Attendance at Commencement Ceremony

An August commencement ceremony is expected lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. Students who participate in the ceremony should plan to stay for the entire time as it is disrespectful of others if people leave early. If you are planning celebration activities, please be aware of this time commitment. Also, the use of cell phones during the ceremony is discouraged. Use of air horns or other such devices by students or guests is prohibited and will be confiscated if brought into Murphy Center. People under the influence of alcohol are subject to being removed from the line of march.

Any graduating student may request seat placement accommodations to participate in the ceremony by contacting the Registrar's Office by emailing Records, or calling (615) 898-5170. Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for family members or guests should be directed to Murphy Center, 898-2752, or refer to the Parking Map.

If you do not plan on attending graduation, please notify the Registrar's Office by July 24, 2020, that your August 2020 degree is to be conferred in absentia. You may complete and submit the absentia form online or email Records from your mtmail. If you do not attend graduation, your name will not be read at commencement.

Caps and Gowns

The cost of the cap and gown is included in the campus access fee paid at the time of registration. There is no additional charge. 

August days/times are currently scheduled for Friday, July 31 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 3rd – Thursday, August 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Friday, August 7th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  These dates are for May 2020 graduates and August 2020 expected graduates.

Participants must make arrangements to pick up their regalia during the posted dates and times as regalia will not be mailed. Regalia will not be available after the scheduled pick-up times and will NOT be available at the Bookstore on graduation day. If you participate in the graduation ceremony, you must wear regalia. Graduating seniors who are in the military may wear their uniforms in lieu of the academic cap and gown.

Catalog Requirements (Undergraduate)

All undergraduate students must complete the general requirements as prescribed by the University and the specific requirements set forth for the degree sought. A minimum of 120 hours is required with 25 percent (30 hours if a 120-hour degree program) of the required courses earned at MTSU and a minimum overall GPA of 2.00. A complete list of degree requirements are listed in the Undergraduate catalog.

Undergraduate students may be required, as a prerequisite to graduation, to take one or more tests designed to measure general education achievement and achievement in the major areas for the purpose of evaluating academic programs. Access the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research web site for information, dates, and times for the Major Field Test and for the General Education Test.  **Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the General Education Test will be waived for August 2020 graduates.

Computation of GPA for Degree Requirements (Undergraduate)

Overall - Used for the Graduation GPA

MTSU college level courses/grades and transfer college level courses/grades posted prior to Summer 2015. Transfer college level grades are not included if posted Summer 2015 and after. The first attempt of a repeated course is excluded. Even if a course does not count toward graduation requirements, it will be counted in the overall average. The GPA listed as "Overall Combined" on the transcript (includes developmental credits) is NOT used for meeting graduation requirements.

Major Average
If a student has more courses in a major area than are actually required, only those courses specifically required for the major will be used to determine the required 2.00.

Minor Average
For those minors which require a 2.00 grade point average (GPA), only those courses specifically required for the minor will be used to determine the required 2.00.

Teacher Education
Guidelines for computation of grade point averages for admission to the teacher education program, for eligibility to student teaching, and for subject area endorsement may be obtained in the administrative offices of the College of Education, College of Education Building, Room 214, 615-904-8001 or 615-898-5188.

Excessive Repeats
All attempts in excess of one are figured in the overall GPA.

Degree Evaluation

DegreeWorks is available on PipelineMT. Courses and/or other graduation requirements not yet completed are listed to assist you in planning your class schedule for the upcoming registration. Completed courses and all other met graduation requirements are displayed. Advisors have access to the DegreeWorks information to assist you. Questions concerning requirements should be directed to your college/academic advisor.

Diploma Availability

Diplomas will be mailed to verified August graduates beginning August 20 to the DIPLOMA address that displays on the Graduation Information link. There is no pick-up option. 

Graduation - Undergraduate Latin Honors

Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) for listing in the graduation program and ceremony recognition is tentative and is determined by the inclusive* GPA at the time of submission of the commencement program for printing. Official honors notation on the diploma and on the transcript is determined by the inclusive* GPA after all summer 2020 final grades are processed. Latin honors explanation (PDF).

Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.749
Magna Cum Laude: 3.750 - 3.899
Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000

*Inclusive GPA refers to the combination of the student's grade point average on all MTSU and college level transfer coursework. The inclusive GPA is for MTSU use only and does not appear on your transcript. To view your current Inclusive GPA go to PipelineMT > Registration & Student Records > Academic Records > Click on Graduation Information or GPAs.

Note: Honors grade point average calculations for students seeking a second or subsequent bachelor degree may include all undergraduate credit hours, even those taken for a previously earned degree.

Intent to Graduate Form (Undergraduates)

All undergraduate students are expected to file their Intent to Graduate and upper-division forms two semesters before the intended graduation term. To obtain the forms, meet with your College advisor.

August 8, 2020 Graduation: November 15, 2019: If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation analyst by Friday, June 12, 2020, your name may not appear in the Commencement program, you might not be able to participate in the ceremony due to space limitations, and you might not be checked in time for a August 2020 degree date.

December 12, 2020 Graduation: April 15, 2020: If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation analyst by Friday, October 9, 2020, your name may not appear in the Commencement program and you might not be checked in time for a December 2020 degree date.

May 8, 2021 Graduation: June 1, 2020: If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation analyst by Friday, March 5, 2021, your name may not appear in the Commencement program, you might not be able to participate in the ceremony due to space limitations, and you might not be checked in time for a May 2021 degree date.

If you have missed the deadline, please complete your paperwork with your College advisor immediately and submit forms to your Graduation Analyst for consideration at one of the following locations:

  • College of Basic and Applied Science (DSB 120)
  • College of Behavioral & Health Sciences (CKNB 108)
  • Jennings A. Jones College of Business (BAS N216 or N208)
  • College of Education (COE 307)
  • College of Liberal Arts (Jones 152 or 163)
  • College of Media and Entertainment (Ezell 113)
  • University College (Miller Education Center, Rm 2100)

Licensures

Students seeking initial teaching certificates or add-on endorsements need to contact the Teacher Licensure Office, COE Room 214 (615-904-8001).

Parking & Guest Information

GRADUATE PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT: All participants are expected to park in the parking garage on Champion Way. Turn at light on Greenland with Track & Field/Soccer Field on corner. Signs will be posted and RaiderExpress buses will transport all participants to the Murphy Center. Click here to view a parking map.

GUEST PARKING: Parking for guests is available in the Greenland and surrounding lots. Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for family members or guests should be directed to Murphy Center, (615) 898-2752, or go to Parking Services to view a parking 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. 

No tickets are required. The Murphy Center will open one hour before the ceremony begins.  

Substitutions (Undergraduates)

Course substitutions are obtained from the college advisor (minor advisor if relates to minor). They must be approved by the department head and the dean of the college. Substitutions apply to the student's academic program and will not be entered in DegreeWorks until all approval signatures are received.

Upper-Division Form (Undergraduates)

Two semesters before the term you intent to graduate, students should complete an upper-division form and file it with their Graduation Analyst along with the Intent to Graduate form. This form may be obtained from the office of the head of the department in which the student expects to major or the college advising office.

Waiver of Courses (Undergraduates)

Course waivers are recommended by the major advisor (minor advisor if relates to minor) and approved by the department head and the dean of the college. Waivers apply to the student's academic program and will not be entered in DegreeWorks until all approval signatures are received.