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Steps to Graduation

Registrar Department

Spring Graduation Timeline

Summer Graduation Timeline

Fall Graduation Timeline

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, March 30th from 10:00 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:

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

If you are a graduate and require special arrangements to accommodate a disability, please telephone Brenda Spurlin at 417-625-9328 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. prior to Tuesday, November 25. The ushers on site will accommodate guests with special needs.