Graduation Information

Students are expected to be registered and enrolled in at least one graduate credit hour during the term of expected graduation. 


Friday, May 3, 2019
  Murphy Athletic Center
Middle Tennessee State University


Ceremony begins at 3:00 pm


Schedule of Events

The ceremony is for all graduate students, including Masters, Specialists, and Doctoral candidates. 

2:15 p.m. Line up in designated area. Murphy Athletic Center. No rehearsal prior to ceremony. No late entrance will be permitted. This policy will be strictly enforced.
3:00 p.m.
Ceremony Begins

Line of March




The graduation information link is available in your Pipeline account (in Pipeline MT, click Registration & Student Records on the left menu, then look in the Academic Records box for the Graduation Information link).  This will be available to view after February 21, if you filed your Intent to Graduate Form by the Jan 31st deadline.

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 March 8, 2019.  There will be a $30.00 charge to change your name and re-issue your diploma once the diplomas have been printed.

You must review and verify your diploma mailing address at the above graduation information link. Your diploma address is the 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 3, 2019. 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 between Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Friday, May 31, 2019 to the listed diploma address. There is no pick-up option. Please allow 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 the diploma mailed using eShipGlobal. The diploma will only include your name and degree and is 11” x 14” in size. Majors, concentrations, and minors are not printed on the diploma but will be listed on the transcript. The official graduation date is May 4, 2019.


Degrees are not awarded until all grades are posted and the graduation analysts have reviewed each candidate. Transcripts with degree posted for verified May graduates will be available Friday, May 10, 2019.


T.C.A § 49-9-108 prohibits state universities from issuing diplomas, certificates of credit, or grade reports to any student unless the student has satisfied all debts or obligations owed to the institution.  The limitation shall not apply to debts of less than $100 unless the debt or obligation is evidenced by a note or other written contact for future payment. Please clear all outstanding debt with the Business Office by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019


There will be one ceremony held on May 3, 2019 in the Murphy Center for The College of Graduate Studies.

  • The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. for all graduate students from the College of Graduate Studies (includes all Masters, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral candidates. Participants will need to be in their assigned gym by 2:15 p.m. to receive their name cards and instructions. 

Expected participants will receive an email with the Line of March link the morning of Thursday, May 2. There is NO REHEARSAL

All graduates should make arrangements to meet their guests after the ceremony either on the track level or outside Murphy Center.


Any participating student requesting a seat placement accommodation to participate in the ceremony should contact the Record’s Office at or at (615) 898-5170 by April 12, 2019.


The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours. Participating students are required to stay for the entire ceremony. If you are planning celebration activities, please be aware of this time commitment. Participation in commencement does not confirm the awarding of a degree.


Submit the In Absentia form or e-mail by April 19, 2019, if you do not plan to attend graduation. If you do not attend graduation, your name will not be read.


There is no charge to receive a cap, gown and hood. Graduation regalia will only be available for pick-up at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union on the following dates and times: Friday, April 26th from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 29th through Thursday, May 2nd from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Participants must make arrangements to pick up their regalia during these dates and times as regalia will not be mailed or shipped. Regalia will not be available after the scheduled pick-up times prior to the graduate ceremony.  If you participate in the graduation ceremony, you must wear regalia. Graduates who are in the military may wear their uniforms in lieu of the academic cap and gown. If you have any questions about your cap and gown, please contact Melisa Warner at Phillips Bookstore at (615) 898-2702 or at

Graduate Hood: Be sure to ask the Bookstore or read the instructions that come with your hood and try it on so that you will know how to put it on correctly BEFORE arriving at the ceremony. We will be unable to assist with your hood on the day of commencement.


The commencement ceremony will be available for viewing on the Internet for those family members who are unable to attend in person. Go to the MTSU home page at for more details on accessing the webcast on the day of graduation.


A professional photographer take a picture of each graduate as they cross the stage to shake hands with the President. A small color proof will be sent to you at no charge or obligation, along with information regarding enlargements. Classic Photography may be contacted at or at (800) 261-2576.



We recommend you bring no valuables with you to your designated gym. Large purses will not be allowed on the Arena floor. Small purses are allowed under your gown. If you are unable to leave your personal property locked in your car or with family or friends, the gym doors will be locked and will not be unlocked until after program concludes. The University cannot be responsible for valuables left in the gyms.


Guest tickets are not required. Murphy Center will open one hour before the ceremony begins.  Children are not be allowed to accompany participants onto the arena floor.  Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for guests should be directed to Murphy Center, (615) 898-2752, or go to to view a campus 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.


Services are available to students and alumni, which include Lightning JobSource, college-specific career development, career fairs, and other special events. Please go to for more information and services.


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 can email You must include your M#. 

If you need to change 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 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 and email to or fax to 615/898-5538. The form must indicate diploma name change is also requested 

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


It is expected that all pending graduates will regularly check their MTSU email for important graduation and commencement information sent from