GRADUATION INFORMATION

  • May 2021 Graduation Ceremony Participants - Go to the Grad Images website to find your ceremony photos (please allow a minimum of 72 hours after your ceremony day and time to post).  MTSU graduate photos are currently being processed and not all ceremonies have been posted, so please check back later this week to review and purchase your photos.  You may also call Grad Images customer service at 800/261-2576 to purchase photos. -- updated May 11, 2021
  • May 2021 Commencement Program (pdf)
  • Diploma Availability Status

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Caps and Gowns (Regalia)

May 2021 expected graduates should make arrangements to pick-up their regalia at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union.  Only 2020 graduates that have not yet picked up their cap and gown will have regalia available to pick-up on dates listed below.

REMINDER:  Cap and gown WILL NOT be available for pick-up at your ceremony.  

Phillips Bookstore cap and gown pick-up days and times are listed below:

  • Friday, April 30 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 1 - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4 - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 5, 6 and 7 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

MTSU 2020 graduates who previously picked-up their cap & gown at Phillips Bookstore or ordered their cap & gown through Jostens will not have an additional gown/cap available for pick-up.  Any expected May 2021 or 2020 graduate participating in a May 2021 ceremony are required to have their regalia with them when they arrive to Murphy Center for their assigned ceremony time.  Phillips Bookstore will not have any regalia at Murphy Center for any May 2021 ceremony.  

If you are unable to pick-up your regalia on the dates listed above, we encourage you to send someone else to pick it up for you.  If someone else will be picking up your gown, you must provide your authorized person with a signed and dated statement from you, authorizing pick-up of your gown.  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. 

Caps, if decorated, must be tasteful, cannot include lights, and décor can be no more than 1 inch in height.  Non-compliant caps will have décor removed prior to the commencement ceremony.

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 May 2021 graduates beginning approximately May 24, 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 May 8, 2021.

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 (March 22, 2021). 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, if required by the college) two semesters before the intended graduation term. To complete the forms you may want to schedule an advising appointment with your College advisor.  The intent to graduate form is found here.

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, October 29, 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 December 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 134)
  • College of Media and Entertainment (BRAGG 230)
  • 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

Campus parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis for students and guests.  Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for guests may contact (615) 898-2752.  Graduates and guests may also view a campus parking map showing disabled parking areas.

For guests that may need some assistance, the University will be providing golf cart transportation.  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.

Visitors and graduates should be prepared to walk significant distances from parking and within Murphy Center. 

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 intend to graduate, students should make an appointment with their college advisor to complete an upper-division form and file it along with the Intent to Graduate form, found here.  When completed, the graduation paperwork may also be emailed to your college advisor or turned in to the office listed at the top of the Intent to Graduate form. 

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.