Graduation Ceremony Information

Ceremony Date and Time


*Saturday, December 11, 2021

(*times and ceremony details to be determined)

Murphy Athletic Center
Murfreesboro, Tennessee


NOTE:  Graduation ceremony plans are subject to change.  Ceremony plans will be communicated to expected graduates from and posted to this graduation webpage throughout the fall 2021 semester.  The official date of graduation for fall 2021 expected graduates (as printed on the diploma) is December 11, 2021.

The December 2021 ceremonies will include 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 all MTSU colleges (College of Basic & Applied Sciences, the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, College of Education, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Media & Entertainment and University College). 


Regalia/Cap & Gown

Cap and gown pickup days and times

December 2021 expected graduates should make arrangements to pick-up their regalia at the Phillips Bookstore in the Student Union.  

Phillips Bookstore cap and gown pick-up days and times TBD.  Check back for updates.

REMINDER:  Cap and gown WILL NOT be available for pick-up at the ceremony. 

Phillips Bookstore location and contact information

The MTSU Phillips Bookstore is located on the main floor of the Student Union, across from the Student Services and Admissions Center (SSAC).  Some metered parking spaces are available in the Student Union parking lot.  The bookstore address is 1768 MTSU Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.  You may reach them at 615/898-2700.  

For regalia/cap & gown questions, email at the Phillips Bookstore.  

Do I need to pay a fee, be sized for, or order my regalia?

There is no charge for regalia for undergraduate or graduate students.  Expected graduates receiving a Bachelor's or Masters/EDS degree do not need to be measured for gown size.  Phillips Bookstore pre-orders all regalia prior to cap and gown pickup week.  Those students receiving Doctoral degrees will be contacted by the bookstore to obtain their gown size.

What do I receive at cap and gown pick-up?

Undergraduate expected graduates earning a bachelor's degree will receive a cap, gown and tassel with the graduation year drop.  Bookstore staff will ask your height and weight at pickup to provide graduates with the appropriate gown size.  The cap, gown and tassel are black in color. 

If an undergraduate student qualifies for Latin Honors (determined by the Inclusive GPA), the stole will also be provided at pickup; Cum Laude (white), Magna Cum Laude (silver) or Summa Cum Laude (gold).  See below in Ceremony FAQs for details regarding Latin Honors requirements.  

Masters and EDS expected graduates will receive a gown, cap, tassel with graduation year drop, and hood representing their program.  Bookstore staff will ask your height and weight at pickup to provide graduates with the appropriate gown size.  The cap, gown and tassel are black in color.  Graduates are responsible for putting on hoods the day of the ceremony.  A mannequin will be available at the Bookstore during pickup displaying how to correctly drape the hood.  Ceremony staff are unable to assist with hoods.  

Doctoral graduates will be contacted by Phillips Bookstore staff several months prior to graduation for gown size.  Regalia includes gown, hood, tam and gold tassel for all doctoral expected graduates.  

What is appropriate to wear to the ceremony?

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.  It is recommended that you wear lighter, comfortable clothing as it can get warm in the graduation gown inside Murphy Center.  

Can someone else pickup my regalia if I cannot?

If you are unable to pick-up your regalia on the dates listed above, we encourage you to send someone else to pick it up for you.  If someone else will be picking up your gown, you must provide your authorized person with a signed and dated statement from you, authorizing pick-up of your gown.  Your note must list the expected graduate's full name, MTSU M#, your height & weight (used for gown size) and the name of your authorized person.  Make sure your authorized person comes prepared to present their valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or their MTSU issued ID if they are also a student.

If I am not participating in the ceremony, may I still pickup regalia?

Yes, any student on the expected graduation list may pick up regalia during the posted cap and gown pickup dates. 

Who do I contact if I need a special gown size?

Gown & Cap Sizing Guidelines

Height Range Regular Weight range *1 Weight range *2 Weight range
4'10" - 5'0" up to 159 160-219 220-280
5'1" - 5'3" up to 179 180-239 240-300
5'4" - 5'6" up to 199 200-264 265-330
5'7" - 5'9" up to 229 230-294 295-360
5'10" - 6'0" up to 259 260-329 330-400
6'1" - 6'3" up to 284 285-354 355-425
6'4" - 6'6" up to 309 310-384 385-460
6'7" - 6'9" up to 329 330-404 405-480

Please review the Jostens gown size chart and call 615-898-2702 or email at the Phillips Bookstore. 

Are there restrictions if I want to decorate my cap or gown?

Caps, if decorated, must be tasteful, cannot include lights, and décor can be no more than 1 inch in height.  Non-compliant caps will have décor removed prior to the commencement ceremony.  No embellishments are to be added to the graduation gown.  


Graduation ceremony

Ceremony FAQs for Expected Graduates

Who can participate in a graduation ceremony?

An undergraduate or graduate level student completing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist in Education or Doctoral degree. The student must have submitted graduation paperwork to their college advisor/graduation analyst, confirmed they are on the graduation list (can see this in DegreeWorks and PipelineMT), and will have completed all coursework required for the degree prior to or during the term in which the ceremony is held.  Students earning an undergraduate or graduate certificate only do not participate in the graduation ceremony.

Participation in the ceremony does not signify degree conferral.  Final fall grades are due Monday, December 13, 2021.  Degrees will be awarded after final grades are processed and successful completion of all candidate requirements are verified by the appropriate graduation analyst.

Are tickets required for graduates or their guests?

No, tickets are not required for expected graduates or their guests.

Is there a rehearsal for the ceremony?

No, there is no graduation ceremony rehearsal.  Ceremony instructions will be provided by ceremony heralds in the auxiliary gyms where graduates line up prior to the ceremony.  Expected graduates should be in their assigned auxiliary gym no less than 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.  The line of march will be posted to the top of this webpage (click the button titled "Line of March").  This information will list participating student names alphabetically with their assigned auxiliary gym number, row and chair.  This information will not be posted to this webpage until the Thursday before the ceremony date.  Expected graduates will receive an email to their MTSU email, when the Line of March has been posted to the webpage.

How long will the ceremony last?

The graduation ceremony traditionally lasts approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours, but ceremony plans are yet to be determined.  Participating students are required to stay for the entire ceremony.  If you are planning celebration activities, please be aware of this time commitment.  

If I require special seating accommodations who do I contact?

Any participating student requesting a seat placement accommodation to participate in the ceremony should contact the Records's Office at or call 615-898-5170 by July 23, 2021.  

What time should I arrive at Murphy Center?

Graduation ceremony times and details are yet to be determined.  Please check back for updates. 

Where do I park and where do I go when I enter Murphy Center?

All participants are expected to park in the parking garage on Champion Way. Turn at light on Greenland with Track & Field/Soccer Field on corner. Signs will be posted and RaiderExpress buses will transport all participants to the Murphy Center. As you are planning your day, please allow for time to park and find your assigned row and seat in Murphy Center. Parking for guests is available in the Greenland and surrounding lots.

I am an undergraduate student, do I qualify for Latin Honors and will I receive a stole?

Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) as listed in the graduation program, stole pick-up and ceremony recognition is tentative and determined by the inclusive GPA** (MTSU and transfer college level courses/grades) at the time of submission of the program for printing (October 25, 2021). For students earning a Bachelor's degree, official Latin honors notation on the diploma and transcript is determined by the inclusive GPA (MTSU and transfer college level courses/grades) at the end of the final semester.  The inclusive GPA is for MTSU use only and does not appear on your transcript. Latin honors explanation (PDF).

Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.749
Magna Cum Laude: 3.750 - 3.899
Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000

If an expected graduate qualifies for Latin Honors, the stole will be distributed to the student during cap and gown pickup dates and times.  

**Inclusive GPA refers to the combination of the student's grade point average on all MTSU and college level transfer coursework. The inclusive GPA is for MTSU use only and does not appear on your transcript. To view your current Inclusive GPA go to PipelineMT > Registration & Student Records > Academic Records > Click on Graduation Information or GPAs.

Note: Honors grade point average calculations for students seeking a second or subsequent bachelor degree may include all undergraduate credit hours, even those taken for a previously earned degree.

Will photos be taken of graduates during the ceremony?

Yes, GradImages will have professional photographers at the ceremony to take photos of graduates as they cross the stage and after exiting the stage.  Candid photos are also taken throughout Murphy Center.  GradImages will email ceremony participants when proofs are ready to view and purchase.  For questions, students can contact GradImages customer service at 800-261-2576 or visit their website.  

Where do I go for announcements, diploma frames, rings, etc.?

MTSU Phillips Bookstore has diploma frames in store for purchase and on their website.  Jostens is a supplier of MTSU announcements, rings, etc.  

If I am having photos taken before regalia pickup, can I borrow regalia?

Regalia is not available for pickup prior to posted cap and gown pickup dates and times.  If you would like to borrow regalia from the MTSU Alumni Association you can check out their Raider Regalia service for more information.  Regalia is not available for rent through Phillips Bookstore.  

If I cannot attend the ceremony who do I contact?

If you are not participating in the graduation ceremony, please submit the In Absentia form by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page.  You may also email by November 26, 2021, if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.  If you do not attend the ceremony, your name will not be read.  However, your name will be printed in the ceremony program if your graduation paperwork was submitted by the deadline.  

Where can friends and family watch the ceremony live if they cannot attend?

The commencement ceremony will be available for viewing for those friends or family members who are unable to attend in person.  Click on the "Watch Ceremony Live" button at the bottom of this page to link to the MTSU News & Media webpage and access the webcast on the day of the ceremony.  Scroll down to the "Watch Live Here" section on the News & Media webpage.  

Tentative Future Ceremony Dates

Tentative graduation ceremony dates are listed below.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 (ceremony times determined by college)
  • Friday, May 6, 2022 (students graduating from the College of Graduate Studies)
  • Saturday, May 7, 2022 (undergraduate ceremony times determined by college)
  • Saturday, August 6, 2022 (all colleges)
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 (ceremony times determined by college)


Graduation program on chair

Program and Diploma Covers

How will my name be printed in the ceremony program?

The graduation information link is available by logging into your PipelineMT account > Registration & Student Records > Academic Records > Graduation Information Link.  Your name as it will be printed on your diploma and in the ceremony program 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, October 8, 2021.  See the Diploma Information box on the Graduation Welcome page for more details. 

Will my name be printed if I am not participating?

Yes, expected graduate names will be printed in the ceremony program if graduation paperwork is received by the deadlines.  

Are extra programs available after the ceremony?

Extra graduation programs will be available a few days after the ceremony at the MT OneStop counter until supply runs out.  However, pdf versions of graduation programs are available for viewing or printing, see below.  

Where can I view programs from past ceremonies?

If I do not participate in a ceremony, may I pick up a diploma cover?

Yes, the MT OneStop has a supply of undergraduate and graduate diploma covers for those confirmed graduates that were unable to attend their graduation ceremony.  Please bring a photo ID to the MT OneStop counter. 


Graduation audience

Information for Guests

Are tickets required for the ceremony?

No, guest seating at Murphy Center is general admission and tickets are not required for guests.  Murphy Center will open one hour before the ceremony begins.  We ask that family groups be aware of social distancing and seat themselves with some distance between them and other family groups.  

Are there limits on number of guests per graduate?

No, there is no limit on the number of guests allowed per expected graduate.

How long will the ceremony last?

The graduation ceremony traditionally lasts approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours, but ceremony plans are yet to be determined.  Participating students are required to stay for the entire ceremony.  If you are planning celebration activities, please be aware of this time commitment. 

Where do I park when I arrive at Murphy Center?

Visit the Directions & Maps webpage for Murphy Center parking and directions to campus.  Questions concerning parking or other special facilities for guests should be directed to Murphy Center, (615) 898-2752, or go to Parking Services, then click on Parking Map 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. 

ADA seating in Murphy Center

Murphy Center staff will be available throughout the arena to assist anyone with questions.  Questions concerning special facilities for guests should be directed to Murphy Center, (615) 898-2752.


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