Graduation Information

Congratulations future graduates! You have worked hard to reach this point and we look forward to celebrating with you during your college commencement at CFSB Center. As with anything, planning is the key to a successful result. The following has been put together to help you navigate the final stages of your Murray State University education.  Click the arrow for more information

Important Graduation Dates

Undergraduate Application Deadlines:

  • March 1 for August applicants
  • April 1 for December applicants
  • November 1 for May applicants

Graduate Application Deadlines:

  • February 15 for May applicants
  • March 15 for August applicants
  • September 15 for December applicants

Check out the list of key commencement dates.

Directions for Applying to Graduate

All students must apply for graduation through their myGate account. 

  1. Log-in to your myGate account.
  2. Select the Apply to Graduate link from your Student Links Channel on the Academics tab.
  3. Follow the directions to confirm all program and personal information.

Important: Late applicants are not guaranteed to be listed in the Commencement Program. 

For additional information on requirements see Undergraduate Graduation and Graduate Graduation.

Diplomas

At the commencement ceremony, candidates will receive a certificate of congratulations. Diplomas will be mailed to degree candidates approximately six to eight weeks following the commencement ceremony to the Diploma Address listed on myGate. Your diploma will list your name as it appears on your application for graduation. Your major, area, minor, track and certification will be listed ONLY on your transcript.

The diploma dimensions are:

  • All undergraduate degrees - 11x14 inches
  • Masters and Specialist degrees - 11x14 inches
  • Doctoral degrees - 14x17 inches

If you would like to order an additional diploma or your diploma is damaged or lost, you can pay the appropriate fees and re-order a diploma. MSU is not responsible for damaged, lost, late, or misdirected mail. Please note: Diploma mailers are larger than the average size mailbox which could cause the mailer to be held at your local post office or apartment leasing office, if applicable.  

Commencement Information

Visit the Commencement website for complete information on Commencement activities.

The May Commencement Program includes the names of all May and August degree candidates with an active application for graduation at the time of printing.

The Decemeber Commencement Program includes the names of all August graduates and all December degree candidates with an active application for graduation at the time of printing.

Honors Recognition

Undergraduate students must have earned at least 40 hours of letter-graded, cumulative-GPA-computed credit at MSU to be eligible for honors. Undergraduate students who obtain a high level of performance during their University career are awarded the following honors:

  • Cum Laude - 3.40 to 3.59
  • Magna Cum Laude - 3.60 to 3.79
  • Summa Cum Laude - 3.80 to 4.00

Those graduating with honors are acknowledged with special accessories worn during their commencement ceremony.

Academic honors are not awarded at the graduate level.

Important: If the overall GPA falls in one category and the MSU GPA falls in another category, the GPA in the lowest category will be the honor given (assuming all other criteria have been met).

Graduation Forms

Have questions about graduation? Send us an email at msu.graduation@murraystate.edu.