Graduation Information

May 2021 Commencement Ceremony dates and information coming soon.

  • The University is looking forward to celebrating the achievements of May 2021 graduates who have persevered during these unprecedented times.  The plan for MTSU's May 2021 commencement ceremonies has not yet been finalized.  Communication with all May 2021 graduates will be emailed to your MTSU email throughout the spring semester.  Details will also be posted on this webpage as soon as they are available. 
  • May 2021 Expected Graduates -- Everything You Need to Know (pdf) -- check back for updates early spring 2021.
  • May, August, and December 2020 graduates who were unable to participate in the ceremony held at Floyd Stadium on November 21, 2020, will have the opportunity to participate at a May 2021 ceremony.  More information, including RSVP requirements, will be announced early spring 2021.
  • May 2021 Graduates - Verify your Diploma Name and Address, click here for more information.
  • December 2020 Commencement Program (PDF)
  • Diploma Availability Status

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Caps and Gowns 

 May 2021 graduates should make arrangements to pick-up their regalia at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union.  These cap and gown pick-up dates and times will be updated on this webpage as soon as they are finalized. 

There is no charge to receive a 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.  

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 2020 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.

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.

December 11, 2021 Graduation: April 15, 2021: 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 (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.