Students are expected to be registered and enrolled in at least one graduate credit hour during the term of expected graduation.
2017 FALL GRADUATION CEREMONY
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Murphy Athletic Center
Middle Tennessee State University
1st Ceremony begins at 9:00 am
2nd Ceremony begins at 2:00 pm
Schedule of Events
The first ceremony is for all graduate level students from the College of Graduate Studies (includes all Masters, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral candidates), and all undergraduate level students from the College of Basic & Applied Sciences, the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, and the College of Education.
|Line up in designated area. Murphy Athletic Center. No rehearsal prior to ceremony. No late entrance will be permitted after 8:30 a.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.|
The second ceremony is for all undergraduate level students from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Media and Entertainment, and University College.
|Line up in designated area. Murphy Athletic Center. No rehearsal prior to ceremony. No late entrance will be permitted after 1:30 p.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.|
Line of March
Diploma Name and Diploma Address Confirmation
A graduation information link is available in your PipelineMT account. Log into your PipelineMT: click Registration & Student Records: in Academic Records Portlet: click Prior College and 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 the name you had on file in the MTSU system at the time you submitted your Intent to Graduate form. If your diploma name needs to be changed, please refer to #20 below. All diploma name changes for undergraduates must be submitted by October 13, 2017, and all diploma name changes for graduate students must be submitted by November 3, 2017. There will be a $10.00 charge to change your name on 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 you listed on your Intent to Graduate form. A diploma mailing address change can only be made by emailing email@example.com from your mtmail indicting the updated diploma address. All diploma mailing address changes must be submitted by December 15, 2017. There will be a $10.00 charge to re-issue your diploma if the diploma address was not updated by December 15, 2017 and subsequently mailed to your listed diploma address.
All diplomas will be mailed to December graduates beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to the diploma address that displays on your PipelineMT: click Registration & Student Records: in Academic Records Portlet: click Prior College and Graduation Information link. There is no pick-up option. Please allow 5-7 business days for delivery within the continental U.S. Graduates with an international address may choose to individually pay to have the diploma and/or transcripts mailed using eShipGlobal. The diploma is 8½“by 11” for undergraduates and 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. Students earning a double major (same degree) only receive one diploma. Students earning dual degrees will receive two diplomas.
Since degrees are not awarded until after the fall 2017 grades due date and the graduation coordinators/analysts have reviewed each candidate, transcripts for verified December graduates will not be available until Thursday, December 21, 2017. Candidates may complete and submit a transcript request form: http://www.mtsu.edu/grades-and-transcripts/docs/tranreq.pdf and indicate “hold for degree” prior to the end of the fall semester. The University will be closed Friday, December 22 – Monday, January 1, 2018. Transcripts will not be issued during this time.
There will be two ceremonies held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, in Murphy Center. Contact your college advisor if you are unsure of the college awarding your degree. A chart of Murphy Center seating can be seen at http://www.mtsu.edu/grades-and-transcripts/docs/mcmap.pdf.
- The first ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. for all graduate level students from the College of Graduate Studies (includes all Masters, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral candidates), and all undergraduate level students from the College of Basic & Applied Sciences, the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, and the College of Education. Participants 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 second ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. for all undergraduate level students from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Media and Entertainment, and University College. Graduates will need to be in their appropriate place in line by 1:15 p.m. to receive their name cards and instructions. No late entrance will be permitted after 1:30 p.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.
The success of the program depends upon your knowing what to do. The UG line of march will be available two days prior to the ceremony at http://www.mtsu.edu/grades-and-transcripts/docs/lineofmarch.pdf and the GR line of march will be available at http://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/graduation/. Be sure to make a note of your gym, row number, and person. When you enter Murphy Center at one of the entrances to the ground floor, proceed directly to the correct gym. The line of march will also be posted on the wall by the two gyms with candidates listed alphabetically using the diploma name. There is NO REHEARSAL.
All graduates should make arrangements to meet their families either on the track level or outside Murphy Center. No one other than the degree candidates will be allowed on the lower concourse of Murphy Center.
The ceremony lasts approximately 2½ hours. As it is very disrespectful to leave before the ceremony has ended, students who plan on participating in the 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 commencement does not confirm the awarding of a degree. 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 http://www.mtsu.edu/resources/students/absentia.php or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2017, if you do not plan on attending graduation. 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 only be available for pick-up at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union on the following dates and times: Friday, December 8th from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 11th through Thursday, December 14th from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday, December 15th from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants must make arrangements to pick up their regalia during these dates and times as regalia will not be mailed or shipped. Caps and gowns will not be available after the scheduled pick-up times and will NOT be available at the Phillips Bookstore on the graduation day. Replacement regalia will be available at Murphy Center on the day of graduation. 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. If you have any questions about caps and gowns, please contact Melisa Warner at Phillips Bookstore at (615) 898-2702 or at email@example.com.
Graduate Students: Be sure to ask the Bookstore or read the instructions that come with your stole and try it on so that you will know how to put it on correctly BEFORE coming to graduation.
Commencement is a major milestone in your life. Please treat this occasion with the respect it deserves by dressing appropriately. Caps, if decorated, must be tasteful, cannot include lights, and décor can be no more than 1 inch in height. Appropriateness will be determined by staff. Non-compliant caps will have décor removed prior to the commencement ceremony.
Purses, Keys, Backpacks, Cell Phones
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.
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.
Any graduating student requiring special facilities or accommodations to participate in the ceremony should contact the Record’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (615) 898-5170 by November 3, 2017.
Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) for listing in the graduation program and honors cords is determined by the overall GPA at the beginning of the final term/semester of enrollment. The honors notation on the diploma and on the transcript is determined by the overall GPA at the end of the final semester. These honors are only available for undergraduate degree candidates.
Arrangements have been made by the Office of News and Public Affairs 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 www.gradimages.com or at (800) 261-2576.
Tickets for guests are NOT required. The Murphy Center will open one hour before the ceremony begins. Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for family members or guests should be directed to Murphy Center, (615) 898-2752, or go to http://www.mtsu.edu/parking/documents/parking-map.pdf 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.
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 http://www.mtsunews.com/graduation-info/ for more details on accessing the Webcast on the day of graduation.
Undergraduate degree candidate must complete all coursework by 10:00 p.m. December 14, 2017. Graduate degree candidates must complete all coursework by 10:00 p.m. on December 14, 2017, and all incompletes must be removed by December 7, 2017.
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 http://www.mtsu.edu/career for more information and services as well as to contact your career coordinator.
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 Friday, December 15, 2017. Payments by credit card can be made online through your RaiderNet account. The Business Office cashier windows are located in the Student Services and Admissions Center, 2nd floor.
Diploma Name Change Process
If you need to change 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 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, http://www.mtsu.edu/one-stop/docs/namechange.pdf, along with the documentation and scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 615/898-5538.
If you are an undergraduate International Student only International Affairs may change your system name. If International Affairs makes a change to your system name you must then notify email@example.com to update your diploma name.
If you are a graduate International Student only the College of Graduate Studies may change your system name. If the College of Graduate Studies makes a change to your system name you must then notify firstname.lastname@example.org to update your diploma name.
Name change forms that are submitted to the MT One Stop counter, faxed to 615/898-5538, or mailed must also be copied to email@example.com and indicate diploma name change requested in order for the diploma name to be changed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.