Ceremony Particulars in May Commencement

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Saturday, May 10th

CFSB Center

10:00 a.m.  

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This is a very important occasion for Murray State University and its graduates and their family and friends. Please be courteous to and respectful of others in attendance as this is a special day for them.

Please note the following:

  • Cell Phones should be Set to "Silent"

  • All Bags will be Inspected by Security Personnel

  • All Guests Entering the CFSB Center are Subject to Visual Observation by Security Personnel

  • The "Saving" of Multiple Seats is Prohibited.

Prohibited items:

  • Noise Devices/Items

  • Firearms and Other Weapons


Prohibited Items must be Removed from the CFSB Center.



Commencement Day
Student Lineup
Circle Drive Lower Level Gate A
CFSB Center
9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Graduation Meeting
Wednesday, May 9th
CFSB Center
12:30 p.m.












Candidates for graduation are asked to be at CFSB Center, Lower Level Gate A, at 9:00 a.m. to pick up graduation/name cards.

Graduation/Photo Cards -
Once the graduation/photo card is received the graduate should proceed to the tables provided to complete the contact information on the photo portion of the graduation/name card. A student will be removed from the line before entering the stage if their card is missing the required contact information.

The name listed on the graduation/photo card is the official name of record for the graduate. If an alternate name (such as a middle name) is to be read, write it legibly under the printed name.

The academic honor and grade point average listed are based on the semester prior to the graduation semester. The announcer will only read the pre-printed information regarding honors and GPAs.

Personal Items - Personal items such as a cell phones, purse, coat, umbrella, books, etc. shall not be carried during the processional. There will not be a place to secure these items. They should be left with one of your members of the audience.

Restrooms - Restrooms are located inside the lobby of lower Gate A. Graduates should use the facilities prior to the start of the ceremony being as exit prior to the end of the formal ceremony is not allowed.

Student Line-Up - Line-up for the processional will be on the circle drive outside Lower Level A. Signs will be posted denoting the line-up areas for the various degrees. There will be no set seating arrangement and the candidates may sit in any order and with anyone they choose, within their degree category (associate, bachelor, master, specialist). If a graduate wishes to be seated beside a friend, line up should be front to back--not side by side.

The processional will enter the lower Gate A entrance to the main arena. The processional will file into the arena in four lines to be seated in two sections.



Line 1
Left Aisle
Line 2
Middle Aisle
Line 3
Middle Aisle
Line 4
Right Aisle


Each line will go into alternating rows and will be directed by Faculty Marshalls.

Invocation - Remain seated during the invocation. Men will remove caps during the invocation only.

Investiture Ceremony - In 1996, Murray State University implemented a Residential College System, comprised of eight residential colleges: Clark, Elizabeth, Hart, Hester, Regents, Richmond, Springer-Franklin, and White. The purpose was to promote the development of student leadership skills and the responsibility of governance, all of which was to result in the establishment of traditions, enduring friendships and lasting bonds.

During the Investiture Ceremony, graduates will be invested as lifelong members of their respective residential colleges. Upon prompting, graduates will stand for the investiture.

Diploma Presentation - The Provost will announce, "Mr. President, the faculty presents to you the following candidates for conferring of degrees." The graduates will then be called in the following order: Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Specialist. Faculty Marshals will indicate when each row is to rise. When instructed, please rise together, go across the row where you have been seated and move up the left aisle. Be sure to take the graduation/name card with you. 

Conferral of Degrees - After all diplomas have been received, graduates will be instructed to stand. The president will say, "By virtue of the authority.....I declare you graduates of Murray State University." At this time, undergraduate students will move their tassels from the right side to the left side (in unison). When instructed, be seated.

Recessional - Graduates will be dismissed from the floor.