Commencement

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Graduating and Commencement


Honors
Honors apply only to undergraduate degrees. Students who have achieved a grade point average overall in one of the following categories may be eligible for honors. This G.P.A must be maintained in Murray State coursework as well. In addition, honors recipients must have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours at MSU with 32 of these hours being upper division credit. If one of these categories is deficient, the student will not receive honors.
  

3.3 - 3.59 Cum Laude
3.6 - 3.79 Magna Cum Laude
3.8 - 4.0 Summa Cum Laude
 

It is important to note that if the overall G.P.A falls in one category and the G.P.A at MSU falls in another category, the grade point average in the lowest category will be the deciding factor (assuming that all other criteria have been met).

Diplomas 

Diploma Format
The size of all diplomas is 11 x 14 inches. The degree title will appear in the center of the diploma beneath the name. Majors and minors are not listed on the diploma. Degree honors, if appropriate, are printed below the degree title.

Names will be printed on the diploma as they are listed on the application. The general format is first name, middle name, last name. Nicknames will not be printed.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address entered on myGate approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation. The address should be maintained and updated by the student.

Duplicate diplomas
Students may order duplicate diplomas in the following ways:

Print the Request for Duplicate Diploma form, complete, and return it with a check for $15.00 for each diploma requested to the address given below. 

-OR-

Send a written request to the Registrar’s Office, along with a check for $15.00 for each diploma ordered to the address given below. Include the following information:

  • Full Name (as it appeared on your permanent record when you attended MSU)
  • Signature is required
  • Date of birth of M Number
  • Date of Graduation
  • Degree Received
  • Name (as you want it on your diploma)
  • Number of diplomas requested
  • Address and Phone

Note: All degrees will be verified for accuracy. Please do not request that your duplicate diploma contain a "nickname". Those requests cannot be honored - only official names will be printed. 

Send all diploma requests to:

Registrar’s Office
Murray State University
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3312

Commencement 
Murray State University degrees are conferred at the end of the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.  Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year; in the Spring and in the Fall.

Names of May graduates will be printed in the Spring Commencement program and names of August and December graduates will be printed in the Fall Commencement program. All graduates are encouraged to attend the exercises. August graduates are encouraged to participate in the December graduation ceremony of the same year.

A meeting of all degree candidates is held at 12:30 p.m. in the CFSB Center the Wednesday immediately preceding the ceremony. Instructions are provided at that time. Caps, gowns, hoods, stoles, and honor cords are available for purchase at the University Store. Invitations may also be ordered. For additional information regarding prices, availability dates, etc., contact Christie Dudley at the University Store.
 
For additional commencement information, contact Mary Ann Gardner in the Office of Academic Affairs or the Graduation Office.


Office of the Registrar

Murray State University
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3312

Phone
(270) 809-5630
(800) 272-4678

Fax
(270) 809-3777: Registrar

(270) 809-5727: Registration

(270) 809-3050: Veterans Affairs

Office Hours
Monday - Friday

January - May 
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST/CDT


June - July
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM CDT

August - December
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST/CDT



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