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


Saturday, DECEMBER 10, 2016
  Murphy Athletic Center
Middle Tennessee State University


Ceremony begins at 09:00 am 

Notice of Intent to Graduate Submission Deadlines

Spring 2016
February 2, 2016
Summer 2016
June 4, 2016
Fall 2016
September 6, 2016

Prospective Candidates List


Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m.
Line up in designated area. Murphy Athletic Center. No rehersal prior to ceremony. No late entrance will be permitted after 8:30 a.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.
09:00 a.m.
Ceremony Begins

Line of March

2016 FALL Graduate Line of March

2016 FALL Graduate Line of March Alphabetical List




There is no early pickup available. Since diplomas will not be mailed until after January 17, 2017, you may pick up your diploma January 10-13, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Student Services and Admissions Center, Rm. 150.  If you do not pick up your diploma, it will be mailed to the address that displays on the Prior College and Graduation Information link in RaiderNet.  There will be a $10.00 charge to change your name on your diploma, once the diplomas have been printed.  The diploma is 11” by 14” for graduate students and will only have your degree information printed on it.  Majors, concentrations, and minors are not printed on the diploma.

All financial obligations to the university (parking tickets, telephone charges, etc.) must be paid before a diploma and/or transcripts will  be released.

Duplicate diplomas for august  graduates may be obtained by completing a Request for Replacement Diploma form along with the appropriate fee payment.  The form must be submitted to the Records Office no later than July 29, 2016 for pick-up August 23-26, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Friday, December 2, 2016 for pick- up January 10-13, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 TRANSCRIPTS: Since degrees are not awarded until after the fall 2016 grades due date and the graduation analysts have reviewed each candidate, transcripts for verified May graduates will not be available until after Thrusday,December 15, 2016. Candidates may complete and submit a transcript request form: and indicate “hold for degree”.

 GRADUATION: There will be two graduation ceremonies  in Murphy Athletic Center  on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

  • Your  ceremony begins at 09:00 a.m. Graduates will need to be in their appropriate place in line by 8:15 a.m. to receive their name cards and instructions. No late entrance will be permitted after 8:30 a.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.

The success of the program depends upon your knowing what to do. The line of march will be available the day prior to the ceremony at Be sure to make a note of GYM, your row number, and person. There is NO REHEARSAL.


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 only be available for pick-up at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union on the following dates and times: Friday, December 2nd from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3rd from 10.00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 5th  through Thrusday, December 8th from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and  Friday, December 9th 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. Caps and gowns 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.

If you have questions about caps and gowns, please call the Phillips Bookstore at 615-898-2702 or email Melisa Warner at


DRESS CODE: Graduation is a major milestone in your life.  Please treat this occasion with the respect it deserves by dressing appropriately. Business attire is preferred. Suit jackets and ties are not required.

 BEHAVIOR: People under the influence of alcohol are subject to being removed from the line of march. Use of cell phones during the ceremony will not be allowed. Use of air horns or other such devices by students or guests is prohibited and will be confiscated if brought into Murphy Center.

 SPECIAL FACILITIES:  Any graduating student requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact Records at or at (615) 898-5170 by November 18, 2016.    

PURSES, KEYS, BACKPACKS, CELLPHONES: 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.


 ATTENDANCE:  The graduation ceremony lasts approximately 21/2 hours.  As it is very disrespectful to leave before the ceremony has ended, students who plan on participating in the graduation ceremony are required to stay for the entire time.  No participant will be allowed to leave until the ceremony is over.  If you are planning celebration activities, please be aware of this time commitment.  Participation in the ceremony does not confirm clearance for receipt of a diploma.  Do not cite the fact that you participated in the ceremony as evidence that you graduated.    

 IN ABSENTIA STATUS: Please submit the In Absentia form on-line or e-mail by November 18, 2016 if you do not plan on attending graduation. If you do not attend the commencement ceremony your name will not be read.

 PHOTOGRAPHS:  Arrangements have been made by the Office of News & Media Relations to have 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 can be contacted at or at (800) 261-2576.

 REMOTE VIEWING: The commencement ceremony will be available for viewing on the Internet for those 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.

COURSEWORK COMPLETION: All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed by 10:30 p.m. on Thrusday,December 8 2016, and all incompletes must be removed by December 2, 2016, by 4:30 p.m. Undergraduate degree candidate  must complete all coursework by 10.30 p.m. on Thrusday ,December 8,2016.

 CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER:  Services are available to students and alumni, which include Lightning JobSource (online profile, career listings, applications, schedule on-campus interviews, calendar of special events), college-specific career development, career fairs, and other special events.  Please go to for more information and services as well as to contact your career coordinator.

 LICENSURES: Students desiring initial teaching certificates (who are not enrolled in student teaching) or who are adding endorsements need to contact the Teacher Licensure Office, COE Rm. 214, (615) 904-8001, after grades have been posted.

 OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY DEBT: Chapter 654 of the Public Acts of 1976 prohibits state institutions of higher education 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.  If you have parking tickets or other outstanding debts, please clear these with the Business Office by 4:00 p.m. on December 9, 2016. The Business Office cashier windows are located in the Student Services and Admissions Center, 2nd floor, (615) 898-2111.

 DIPLOMA NAME CHANGE PROCESS:  A graduation information link is available in your Pipeline account.  Log into your Pipeline account, RaiderNet tab, Student tab, Student Record link, and click on Prior College & Graduation Information.  Your name as it will be printed on your diploma can be seen in the box titled Graduation.  Your diploma name is the name we had on file in the MTSU system at the time you submitted your Intent to Graduate formIf 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, 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, also submit a name change form,, along with the documentation and scan and email to or fax to 615/898-5538. All name changes for the commencement program must be submitted no later than October 14, 2016. All diploma name changes must be submitted by DECEMBER 16, 2016. 

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.  However, if your diploma name is showing in the Graduation box in RaiderNet as John R. Smith and you want to add Robert as the middle name, legal documentation will have to be provided.

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 notify

If you submit a name change form MT One Stop counter, fax to 615/898-5538, or mail, you must notify once you receive notification the name change has been processed in order for the diploma name to be changed.

DIPLOMA ADDRESS VERIFICATION: You should also confirm your diploma mailing address at the above Prior College & Graduation Information  link.Your diploma address is the address you listed on your intent to graduate form. If you do not pick up your diploma,it will be mailed to the diploma address that displays on the Prior College and Graduation Information link in RaiderNet. A diploma mailing address change can only be made by emailing from your account with the updated address. All diploma mailing address changes must be submitted by December 22, 2016.