Graduation Information for Students
Intent to Graduate Deadlines for Undergraduates
December 12, 2015 Graduation: April 17, 2015
If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation coordinator by Friday, October 16, 2015, your name may not appear in the Commencement program, and you might not be checked in time for an December 2015 degree date.
May 7, 2016 Graduation: June 6, 2015
If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation coordinator by Friday, March 11, 2016, 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 2016 degree date.
August 6, 2016 Graduation: November 20, 2015
If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation coordinator by Friday, June 17, 2016, 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 2016 degree date.
December 10, 2016 Graduation: April 15, 2016
If you apply late and your intent to graduate and upper-division forms are not received by your graduation coordinator by Friday, October 14, 2016, your name may not appear in the Commencement program and you might not be checked in time for a December 2016 degree date.
If you have missed the deadline, please complete your paperwork immediately and submit it to your Graduation Coordinator for consideration and review. Click here for a list of Graduation Coordinators and their locations.
DECEMBER 2015 GRADUATION IMPORTANT NOTICE
- Attendance at Commencement Ceremony
- Caps and Gowns
- Catalog Requirements (Undergraduates)
- Commencement DVD
- Computation of GPA for Degree Requirements
- Degree Evaluation
- Graduation - Honors
- Graduation Schedule of Events
- Intent to Graduate Form
- Upper-Division Form
- Waiver of Courses (Undergraduate)
Graduate-level students should access the Graduate Office web site for specific details regarding graduation requirements and can review this page for details related to the ceremony and diplomas.
The commencement ceremony lasts approximately 2 1/2 to 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 degree candidate requiring special facilities at convocation due to a physical disability should contact the Registrar's Office by November 20, 2015; e-mail Records, or call (615) 898-5170. Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for family members or guests should be directed to Murphy Center, 898-2752, or on the web.
If you do not plan on attending graduation, please notify the Registrar's Office by November 20, 2015, that your degree is to be conferred in absentia. You may complete and submit the absentia form online or Records. If you do not attend graduation, your name will not be read.
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 be available at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union on the following dates: Friday, December 4 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 7 thru Thursday, December 10 from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Friday, December 11 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Graduates should 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 at the Phillips Bookstore on graduation day or later. If you participate in the graduation ceremony, you must wear regalia. Graduating seniors who are members of the armed services or who are receiving commissions may wear military uniform at the graduation in lieu of the academic cap and gown. Graduates inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to march.
All 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 of 30 semester hours earned in residence at the junior and senior (3000-4000) level. (Some programs may require more than the minimum 120 hours.) The last semester must be in residence unless permission is granted by the dean of the college in which the student is pursuing a major. A student must have a 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 average in the major and in 42 hours of upper-division credit to graduate. Some departments require a 2.0 GPA in the minor. No more than 25% of credits for non-business degrees may be in courses commonly found in a school or college of business.
All coursework for undergraduate degrees must be completed by 10:30 p.m. on December 10, 2015. This includes incomplete grades and transfer credit from other colleges.
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.
To purchase a commencement ceremony DVD go to the MTSU Alumni website. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. If you have any questions, please contact the MTSU Alumni Office at 1-800-533-6878 (toll free) or locally at (615) 898-2922.
The GPA listed as "Overall" on the transcript is used for the graduation GPA and Honors.
The GPA listed as "Overall Combined" on the transcript (including developmental credits) is NOT used for graduation requirements.
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.
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.
The 2.00 GPA is calculated for the "best" 42 upper-division hours.
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. Additional information can be found on the web.
All attempts in excess of one are figured in the overall GPA.
These courses are calculated into the cumulative GPA to determine retention; however, the developmental courses do not count toward degree requirements and the grades are not used to determine the 2.00 GPA required for a degree.
MTSU college level courses/grades and Transfer College level courses/grades posted prior to Summer 2015. Transfer College level grades 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 cumulative average.
Degree evaluations are available on PipelineMT for undergraduate students. 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 GPAs also display so you can confirm all required GPA standards are met. Advisors have access to the degree evaluation information as well to assist you.
Since diplomas will not be mailed until after Wednesday, January 20, you may pick up your diploma January 12-15, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Student Services and Admissions Center, Records Office 150. If you do not pick up your diploma, it will be mailed to the address you listed on your Intent to Graduate form. If you have changed your address since you submitted your intent form, you must e-mail Records or call (615) 898-5170 and provide your new information by December 14, 2015 . If your name has changed since you submitted your Intent to Graduate form and you have already submitted a name change form and documentation to the Records office you must e-mail Records or call (615) 898-5170 by Friday, October 16, 2015 to update your diploma name. There is a $10 charge to change your name on your diploma once the diplomas have been printed.
All financial obligations to the university (parking tickets, telephone charges, etc.) must be paid before a diploma will be released.
Duplicate diplomas for December graduates may be obtained by completing a Request for Replacement Diploma form along with the appropriate fee pay. The form must be submitted to the Records Office by December 9, 2015 for pick-up January 12-15, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
For listing in the graduation program, honors for undergraduates is determined by the cumulative (overall) grade point average on degree-credit courses at the beginning of the final semester of enrollment. The honors notation on the diploma and on the transcript is determined by the cumulative (overall) average on all degree-credit courses at the end of the final semester.
Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.749
Magna Cum Laude: 3.750 - 3.899
Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000
Note: Honors are not applicable to graduate students.
|April 17, 2015||
Last day for undergraduates to apply for December 2015 graduation
Note: If you miss the filing deadline, you can still submit an Intent to Graduate and Upper-Division form to your college graduation coordinator. Since students are checked by application date, any notice of deficiencies may not be received in time to make any schedule adjustments. Late submission may affect your participation in the ceremony and may cause your name to not appear in the Commencement Program.
December 12, 2015
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8:00 a.m. - No rehearsal prior to the ceremony. Line up in designated gyms, Murphy Center.
1:00 p.m. - No rehearsal prior to the ceremony. Line up in designated gyms, Murphy Center.
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, you may:
- print the form by clicking here using Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). If you don't have the Acrobat reader, you may download it from Adobe's web site.
The form must be submitted with the upper-division form to your College Graduation Coordinator at one of the following locations:
- College of Basic and Applied Science (KUC 322)
- College of Behavioral & Health Sciences (CKNB 108)
- Jennings A. Jones College of Business (BAS N233 or N234)
- College of Education (CKNB 108)
- College of Liberal Arts (Todd 231)
- College of Media and Entertainment (Ezell 113A)
- University College (855 West College Street, Maple Leaf Village, Suite K)
Students seeking initial teaching certificates or add-on endorsements need to contact the Teacher Licensure Office, COE Room 214 (904-8001).
To view a campus parking map go to Parking Services. 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 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.
Course substitutions are obtained from the major 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 until all approval signatures are received.
Two semesters before the term you intent to graduate, students should complete an upper-division form and file it with their Graduation Coordinator 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.
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 until all approval signatures are received.