Graduation Information

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April 1, 2020 Update from President McPhee

 Cancellation of May Commencement

  • Following most recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Governor Lee regarding large group meetings, we must cancel our Spring Commencement Ceremonies, originally planned for May 8 and May 9.
  • To provide every graduate with an opportunity to walk across the stage, and for their families to share the experience, our Spring graduates will be invited to march in any future commencement exercises, including our Summer ceremony set for Aug. 8 and our Winter ceremony set for Dec. 12. We will be sending additional information regarding these upcoming exercises in an email to our Spring graduates.
  • We will celebrate the achievements of our Spring graduates by preparing a special care package, which we will mail in late May along with the diploma. The package will include a mortar board with a special tassel; a unique commencement program that lists our May graduates and chronicles the year; a DVD with commencement themes and messages of support; and other surprises. We know this package will not truly fill the hole created by this cancellation, but we want to make every effort for this special class of graduates to know how proud we are of their accomplishments.

The Registrar’s Office staff and University administrators are currently working through the many logistics related to the cancellation of the May graduation ceremonies.  Students should regularly check their MTSU email account for updated information regarding the registration process for attendance at a future graduation ceremony and the distribution of regalia. 

Please be patient while we continue to make the best decisions possible for May graduates during this time of rapidly changing events. 

Due to the unprecedented events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, University offices are currently closed to student in-person contact.  Some responses may be delayed as the majority of MTSU employees are working remotely.

 

MAY 2020 GRADUATION - UNDERGRADUATE

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

 Graduation Help

Attendance at Commencement Ceremony

The undergraduate commencement ceremony lasts approximately 2 1/2- 3 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 April 10, 2020 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 April 17, 2020, that your 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.  Graduation regalia will only be available for pick-up at the Bookstore in the Student Union.  Times/Dates to be announced. 

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, a minimum of 30 semester hours earned in residence at the junior and senior (3000-4000) level, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.00. Graduation 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.

Upper-Division
A 2.00 GPA is required in 42 upper-division hours.

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 

All diplomas will be mailed to May graduates beginning Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to the diploma address that displays on the Graduation Information link. There is no pick-up option. Please expect 21 business days for the MTSU/U.S. Post Offices to process and deliver within the continental U.S.

Graduates with an international address may choose to individually pay to have their diploma and/or transcripts mailed using eShipGlobal. Email record@mtsu.edu for instructions.

Graduation - Undergraduate Latin Honors

May 2020 graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) for listing in the graduation program and ceremony recognition is determined by the inclusive* GPA at the time of submission of the commencement program for printing.  The official honors notation on the diploma and on the transcript is determined by the inclusive GPA on all degree-credit courses at the end of the final semester.  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 must file the Intent to Graduate two semesters before the term you intend on graduating along with their Upper-Division form. To obtain a form, meet with your College advisor.

May 9, 2020 Graduation: June 3, 2019: If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation coordinator by Friday, March 6, 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 May 2020 degree date.

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 coordinator 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 coordinator 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.

If you have missed the deadline, please complete your paperwork with your College advisor immediately and submit forms to your Graduation Coordinator 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.