Assistance & FAQs for Graduating Students

All of your hard work will soon pay off. A degree from MTSU is something to be proud of. Congratulations!

This page features helpful links, reminders and frequently asked questions and answers to help you find information and/or resources that will help you become a successful graduate.

If you need additional assistance or can't find what you are looking for, use the online contact form to email your question, request or comment.

If you have questions relating to a specific department, office or center in the Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment and Academic Services, you may find helpful information on their web site.



Alumni Association contains reunion, event, alumni directory information and more
Blue Raider Athletics the official site for Blue Raider Athletics

Career Development Center provides a wealth of information about how to land that dream job
Phillips Bookstore caps, gowns, invitations, class rings, diploma frames, and other graduation items
Registrar's Office contains graduation information, ceremony schedule, necessary forms, and much more



Information for the current graduation ceremony can be found at

How many hours must I earn to graduate?
At least 120 hours with a minimum 2.000 GPA, some majors require more than 120 hours.

When do I file an Intention to Graduate Form and where do I get the form?
Undergraduate – at least two semesters prior to graduation.
An intent to graduate form and approved upper division form must be submitted to your graduation coordinator. Click here for a list of Graduation Coordinators and their locations.

Graduate – refer to the graduation information on the Graduate Studies page –

Am I required to be at the graduation ceremony? 
No, you are not required to participate in the graduation ceremony, but we do encourage you to do so.  If you cannot participate, please complete and submit the absentia form online. If you do not attend graduation, your name will not be read.

Any graduate requiring special facilities at convocation due to a physical disability should call the Registrar's Office at 615-898-5170.

What should I wear to the graduation ceremony?
If you participate in the graduation ceremony, you must wear regalia. Caps and gowns are available at the Phillips Bookstore at no additional charge. If you are a member of the armed services or are receiving a commission, you may wear your military uniform in lieu of the academic cap and gown.

  • Men: wear slacks (no jeans or shorts) and comfortable shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes).
  • Women: wear slacks, capri pants, dresses or skirts (no jeans or shorts) and comfortable shoes (no tennis shoes or flip-flops) 

When do I get my diploma? 
Diplomas can be picked up two weeks after graduation during a one week period. If you do not pick up your diploma, it will be mailed to the address you listed on your Intention to Graduate form. If you have changed your address since you completed this form, you must contact the Registrar's Office at 615-898-5170 and provide your new address.

All financial obligations to the university (parking tickets, telephone charges, etc.) must be paid before a diploma will be mailed.