The December 2020 Commencement
to be held In-Person on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
Please click here to RSVP by October 25th.
See the Graduation FAQs in PDF form here.
Potential Graduation Photo and Hooding Locations
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 Friday, December 11, 2020. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org from your mtmail indicating “diploma” address. You must include your M#. All diploma mailing address changes must be submitted by December 11, 2020. 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 December 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.
The last day of class for all full-term instruction and required meetings is November 25, with online final exams scheduled December 4-10. Final fall grades are due Monday, December 14. Degrees are not awarded until all grades are posted and the graduation analysts have completed their review of each candidate. Transcripts with your degree posted will be available after this process has concluded.
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 § 49-7-104 and University policies 640/646 prohibits 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, December 11, 2020.
MTSU will hold multiple commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, November 21, 2020. The College of Graduate Studies ceremony* will include all graduating students from the College of Graduate Studies (includes all Masters, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral candidates). In order to participate in a ceremony this November, you must RSVP no later than the Sunday, October 25 deadline. We will not have the ability to add participants after October 25.
Participation* in a ceremony does not imply degree conferral. Final fall grades are due Monday, December 14, 2020. Degrees will be awarded after final grades are processed and successful completion of all candidate requirements are verified by the appropriate graduation analyst.
Any participating student* requesting a seat placement accommodation to participate in the ceremony should contact the Record’s Office at email@example.com or at (615) 898-5170 (No later than November 2, 2020).
Graduate Parking for Commencement
Please continue to check the graduation webpage for updates.
In order to attend a November ceremony, an RSVP is required no later than Sunday, October 25. Please click here to complete your reservation. Participating students are required to stay for the entire ceremony. If you are planning celebration activities, please be aware of this time commitment.
In Absentia Status
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 on one of the following days and times:
• Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, November 16 through Wednesday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Thursday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, November 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May and August 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. All graduates are required to have their cap, gown, and blue tassel with them when they arrive for the ceremony. Those who did not receive their cap and gown may pick up at the bookstore during the dates listed above.
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. Students who are unable to pick-up their regalia will receive a Jostens ordering link from the Records office after November 25. Students will have the opportunity to have it shipped directly to their home using the Jostens link. There is no charge for the cap and gown, but students will be responsible for shipping/tax charges.
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.
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. 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.
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 News Graduation Info page for more details on accessing the webcast on the day of graduation.
Graduation Photograph Opportunity
A mock MTSU graduation stage, including life size cutouts of Dr. McPhee, Tyler Henson, and Lightening, with college banners and unique MTSU backdrops, will be set-up near the welcome desk in the Student Union from November 14 - 25. All graduates are welcome to stop by, take a photo, and catch a special moment to post to your social media. You might even catch the real Lightening for a photo op! The photo area will be available during Student Union open hours.
Purses, Keys, Backpacks
We recommend you bring no valuables with you to the ceremony.* Large purses will not be allowed on the stadium floor. Small purses are allowed under your gown. The University cannot be responsible for valuables left in the stadium.
Please continue to check the graduation webpage for updates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 correct your student system name. If International Affairs makes a correction to your system name you must then notify email@example.com to update your diploma name by the deadline.
*On October 15, 2020, President McPhee announced that MTSU will hold in-person commencement ceremonies at Floyd Stadium on November 21, 2020. December 2020, August 2020, and May 2020 graduates are invited to attend. An RSVP is required no later than October 25th in order to participate. You may find the RSVP here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.