Graduation Information

DECEMBER 2020 GRADUATION

It is expected that during the fall term all pending December graduates will regularly check their MTSU email for important information sent from Records@mtsu.edu.  Please continue to check this webpage for updates as they are made available for December 2020* graduation.

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Attendance at Future Commencement* Ceremony (RSVP)

Once we have finalized the RSVP process for May and August graduate participation at a future commencement ceremony, we will email the RSVP link to all verified graduates.  Be sure to continue to monitor your MTSU email.  Our office is awaiting guidance from the University’s COVID-19 Strategic Task Force.  Our next commencement ceremonies are scheduled for December 12, 2020* and May 7 & 8, 2021.  Time(s) will be announced once participant numbers can be determined.  There are no additional fees to participate in commencement.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: While the university hopes to hold December 2020 commencement, final event decisions will be determined by the University's COVID-19 Strategic Task Force and are contingent upon public health circumstances surrounding the global pandemic.

Caps and Gowns

December 2020 expected graduates should plan to pick-up their regalia at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union on one of the following days and times:

Friday, November 20 between 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 between 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday, November 25 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

There is no charge to receive a cap & gown.  Safe distancing procedures will be in place during pick-up and ALL entering the Bookstore must wear a mask.

If you are unable to pick-up your regalia on the dates listed above, it is recommended that you send someone else to pick it up for you.  If someone else will be picking up for you, you must provide your authorized person with a signed and dated statement from you, authorizing pick-up of your regalia.  Your note must list your full name, MTSU M#, your height & weight (used for gown size) and the name of your authorized person.  Make sure your authorized person comes prepared to present their valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or their MTSU issued ID if they are also a student.

Please note, if your regalia is not picked-up at the bookstore, the University will not mail regalia due to the gown size being unknown.  Students who are unable to pick-up their regalia will receive a Jostens ordering link from the Records office on November 25.  The Jostens link will be active from November 25 through December 31.  Students will have the opportunity to have a cap/gown (or cap/gown/hood for Master's graduates) shipped directly to their home using the Jostens link.  There is no charge for the cap and gown, but students will be responsible for shipping/tax charges. 

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.  

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 December graduates beginning approximately January 11, 2021, to the DIPLOMA address that displays on the Graduation Information link. There is no pick-up option.  The diploma only includes your name and degree earned and is 8½“x 11” for undergraduates and 11” x 14” for graduate students. Majors, concentrations, and minors are not printed on the diploma but will be listed on the official transcript. Students earning a double major (same degree) receive one diploma. Students earning dual degrees (example: BS/BSN, BA/BM) will receive two diplomas. The official graduation date listed on your diploma and transcript will be December 12, 2020.

Graduation - Undergraduate Latin Honors

Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) as listed in the graduation program, stole pick-up and ceremony recognition is tentative and determined by the inclusive GPA** (MTSU and transfer college level courses/grades) at the time of submission of the program for printing. Official Latin honors notation on the diploma and transcript is determined by the inclusive GPA (MTSU and transfer college level courses/grades) at the end of the final semester.  The inclusive GPA is for MTSU use only and does not appear on your transcript. 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.

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 2, 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 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.

August 7, 2021 Graduation: November 15, 2020: If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation analyst by Friday, June 18, 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 an August 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 (ACB 140)
  • Jennings A. Jones College of Business (BAS N216 or N208)
  • College of Education (COE 307)
  • College of Liberal Arts (PH Suite 101A)
  • College of Media and Entertainment (COE 386)
  • University College (Miller Education Center, Rm 2100)

Teacher Licensure

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

Please continue to check the graduation webpage for updates.

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.