Graduation Information

The May 2021 Commencement 

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See the Graduation FAQs in PDF form here

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Intent to Graduate Form

An Intent to Graduate form is your first step in heading down the path to graduation. This form must be completed either at the end of your next to last semester or the beginning of your last semester of graduate school. Without this form completed, you will not appear in any commencement/graduation communications and will not recieve a diploma. This form is how we know of your graduation intentions.

The Deadline to file an Intent to Graduate form for a Spring 2021 graduation is February 15, 2021.

If you have already completed an Intent to Graduate form and need to delay your graduation for any reason, a Request to Withdraw Intent to Graduate Form may be filed and a new Intent to Graduate Form completed for the semester in which you plan to graduate. 

If you will be completing a Thesis or Dissertation during your last semester, please also see the information regarding this process on our website.

Diploma Name & Address Confirmation

The graduation information link is available at PipelineMT > Registration & Student Records > Academic Records > Graduation Information link.

Your name as it will be printed on your diploma can be seen in the box titled Graduation. Your diploma name is your legal name on file in the MTSU student system at the time you submitted your Intent to Graduate form. All diploma name changes must be submitted by Wednesday, March 17, 2021.  Please click here for additional infomation on how to make necessary changes.  There will be a $30.00 charge to change your name and re-issue your diploma once the diplomas have been printed.

You should review and verify your diploma mailing address at the above graduation information link. Your diploma address is the diploma address listed on your Intent to Graduate form. A diploma mailing address change can only be made by emailing from your mtmail indicating “diploma” address. You must include your M#. All diploma mailing address changes must be submitted by May 7, 2021. There will be a $30.00 charge to re-issue your diploma if the diploma address was not updated by deadline and subsequently mailed to an invalid address.


Diplomas will be mailed to verified May graduates beginning May 24, 2021, to the diploma address that displays on the Graduation Information link. There is no pick-up option. The diploma 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 are 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.


Degrees are not awarded until all spring grades are posted and the graduation analysts have reviewed each candidate. Transcripts with degrees posted for verified May graduates will be available the morning of Friday, May 14, 2021.

When completing your Official Transcript Request Form, please indicate that you would like to "hold for degree." Without this indication, your transcript will be sent immediately and you may need to purchase a new copy with your degree posted at a later date. You may find additional information and order your transcript here.

Outstanding University Debt

T.C.A. § 49-7-166 and University policies 640/646 prohibit the issuing of diplomas, certificates of credit, or grade reports to any student unless the student has satisfied all debts or obligations owed to the institution. Please clear all outstanding debt with the Business Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021.


The University is looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our May 2021 graduates who have persevered during these unprecedented times. Plans for our May 2021 commencement ceremonies have not yet been finalized. We do know that all graduates who plan to participate in a ceremony will be required to reserve their place by submitting our RSVP form. Once the RSVP information becomes available in mid-March the link will be emailed to your MTSU email. Details and updates will be posted on the Graduation webpage.

Participation in a ceremony does not imply degree conferral. Final spring grades are due May 9, 2021. Degrees will be awarded after final grades are processed and successful completion of all candidate requirements are verified by the appropriate graduation analyst. Degrees will be posted and official transcripts available for verified May graduates on Friday, May 14. The official graduation date listed on your diploma and transcript will be May 8, 2021.


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Graduate Parking for Commencement

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In Absentia Status

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Cap & Gown (Regalia)

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. Graduation regalia will only be available for pick-up at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union approximately one week prior to scheduled commencement ceremonies. Dates and times have not yet been finalized and are expected to be announced by the end of March.

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.  Those who did not receive their cap and gown may pick up at the bookstore during the dates listed.         

Graduate (Masters/EDS) Hood: You will receive an email from Jostens regarding sizing of your regalia. Please answer this email immediately. Also note, you are responsible for putting on your hood before a graduation ceremony. Be sure to ask the Bookstore for instructions at pick-up, or read the instructions that come with your hood, and try it on before arriving at the ceremony. Commencement staff are unable to assist with hoods.

Remote Viewing

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Graduation Photograph Opportunity

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Purses, Keys, Backpacks

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Career Development Center

Services are available to students and alumni, which include Lightning Career Link, college-specific career development, career fairs, and other special events. Please visit the Career Development Center website for more information and services as well as to contact your career advisor.

Diploma Name Change Process

You do NOT have to submit legal documentation if you are simply changing an existing middle name to an initial or removing a middle or maiden name from your diploma name. For this type of diploma name change, you may email from your MTSU issued email.  Please include your M number on all correspondence.

If you need to correct your diploma name (for example, add a middle name, change a last name, etc.), please send an email to and attach legal documentation which must show your name exactly as you are requesting it to be printed for the diploma.  Legal documentation may include a driver’s license, social security card (all but last four digits blacked out), marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce decree, passport, court-ordered document, permanent resident card, or naturalization papers.  If you want this name change to be made within the MTSU system, you must include a name change form, along with the documentation and scan or email to or fax to 615/898-5538. The form must indicate diploma name change is also requested

If you only want to change a listed middle name to a middle initial, remove a middle name or add a maiden name you were previously enrolled as at MTSU, you just need to email with your request.

After the diploma name has been updated, expect to receive email notification that the update has been made and a prompt for you to go back into PipelineMT to verify it is correct. Do not miss this important step.

If you are an International Student only International Affairs may correct your student system name. If International Affairs makes a correction to your system name you must then notify to update your diploma name by the deadline.



Students are expected to be registered and enrolled in at least one graduate credit hour during the term of expected graduation. Prospective graduates must regularly check their MTSU email for important graduation and commencement information sent from



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