Registrar's Office

Steps to Graduation

Spring Graduation Timeline

September 25 Graduation Application Due to Advisor
October 25 Graduation Application Due to Registrar's Office

Summer Graduation Timeline

November 25 Graduation Application Due to Advisor
January 25 Graduation Application Due to Registrar's Office

Fall Graduation Timeline

March 25 Graduation Application Due to Advisor
April 25 Graduation Application Due to Registrar's Office

Senior Checklist

  1. Apply for graduation the term prior to graduation.
    *You are responsible for submitting your paperwork to your advisor, and your advisor will submit the paperwork to the Registrar's Office
  2. Visit the Career Services office to prepare your resume and learn about the Hire a Lion service.
  3. Students with federal loans need to schedule an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office during their last term at MSSU.
  4. Verify your account balance is paid in full prior to commencement.
  5. Attend the spring Career Fair. Contact Career Services for date and time.
  6. Attend the Graduation Expo during your last term. Cap & gown will be disbursed at the expo.
  7. Attend Graduation rehearsal.
  8. Attend commencement.

If you have already submitted graduation paperwork and need to change your graduation date, please complete the Graduation Date Change Request.

Graduation Expo

Graduation Expo will be held on Wednesday, November 4th from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. in the Ralph Gray Alumni Center. Graduation Expo will offer everything you will need in preparation for graduation. Participants can pick up caps and gowns, order graduation announcements and take care of other graduation related details.

If you are unable to attend Graduation Expo, you may order announcements through either CB Grad or Jostens (Keyword: Missouri Southern).

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday prior to commencement, at 4:00 p.m., in Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.


Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns are ordered as part of your graduation application and are available for pickup at Graduation Expo.  Caps and gowns not picked up at Graduation Expo will be available for pick-up in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center until the Tuesday prior to commencement. Cap & gowns will be available at the commencement rehearsal. The Registrar’s Office will distribute caps and gowns until 5:00 PM Wednesday through Friday prior to commencement.

Honors Cords

Students who have earned regalia cords should plan to pick up the cords from the appropriate office at least one week prior to the ceremony.  Wear your cords to commencement.  Please see the list below for the location of your cord:

  • Athletics:  Leggett & Platt 148 or Young Gym 212
  • National Scholastic Honor Society, Alpha Chi:  Induction ceremony or Academic Affairs Office, Hearnes 208
  • Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma:  Order in department; pickup at Justice Center 109
  • Dental Hygiene Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha: Consult Dental Hygiene Department
  • Honors Program:  Honors Office, Taylor 206 or 208
  • International Honor Society in Business, Delta Mu Delta: Consult School of Business
  • National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa:  Last ODK meeting and/or ODK faculty advisor
  • Respiratory Therapy Honor Society, Lambda Beta:  Health Science Bldg. 325
  • Veterans:  Financial Aid Office: Hearnes, Suite 109
  • Physics National Honor Society: Sigma Pi Sigma, Reynolds Hall 221.
International Stoles

Students who have studied abroad through an exchange program with MSSU should plan to pick up their stole from the Institute of International Studies, Webster Hall, 337C.  Wear your stole to commencement.

Master's Degree Candidates

Students receiving a master’s degree that plan to attend the commencement ceremony must contact their academic advisor to arrange for their master’s hood.  Students in the Criminal Justice and Nursing programs purchase their master’s hood through the MSSU bookstore.

Day of Commencement

  • Future Dates:
    • December 12, 2015, 10:00 AM
    • May 14, 2016,
    • December 17, 2016, 10:00 AM
    • May 13, 2017,
  • Please arrive at Young Gymnasium in your academic regalia at least 30 minutes before your ceremony is scheduled to begin.  
    In addition to your cap and gown, be sure to wear any cords, stoles, or hoods (Master's candidates only) you have been given.
  • Pick up your seating card in Young Gymnasium. You will be lined up for the processional 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. Your seating card is very important. When you approach the stage to receive your diploma, you will give the card to the announcer who will read your name.
  • Please note that you will receive only a diploma cover, not your actual diploma, at commencement. Subject to completion of all degree requirements, your diploma will be mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation approximately 4 - 6 weeks following commencement.

If you are a graduate and require special arrangements to accommodate a disability, please telephone Stephanie Workman at (417) 625-9515 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. prior to Tuesday, December 8th. The ushers on site will accommodate guests with special needs.