Commencement ceremony details



The Commencement Exercises and Investiture Ceremony is a special and important occasion for Murray State University, its graduates, and their loved ones. Please be courteous and respectful of others in attendance.

For security and courtesy to others, please note the following:

  • All bags are subject to inspection by security personnel
  • All candidates and guests entering the CFSB Center are subject to visual observation by security personnel
  • Cell phones should be set to silent
  • Saving of multiple seats is prohibited

These items are prohibited and must be removed from the CFSB Center:

  • Guns, Explosives, Weapons, or Knives
  • Wrapped Items/Packages
  • Backpacks or Duffle Bags
  • Signs, Banners or Flyers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Laser Pointers

Personal Items

Please be aware that the the CFSB Center does not provide an organized storage space for coats, umbrellas, and other personal items, and for security reasons, you are not allowed to carry those items with you during the processional.


Restrooms are located inside the lobby of lower Gate A. Candidates will not be allowed to exit the floor prior to the end of the formal ceremony.

Graduate Line-Up

Line-up for the processional will be at lower-level entrance 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 (doctorate, specialist, master, bachelor, associate). If a candidate wishes to be seated beside a friend, lineup should be front to back--not side by side.

Completing the work required to earn an academic degree is a separate event from the public commencement ceremony that symbolically commemorates that academic achievement. In fact, all Murray State students who participate in commencement ceremonies are considered “candidates” for graduation. The final awarding of degrees and honors is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate requirements by each candidate.

To begin diploma presentation, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will announce, “Mr. President, the faculty presents to you the following candidates for conferring of degrees.” The candidates will then be called in the following order: Doctorate, Specialist, Master, Bachelor, and Associate. Faculty Marshals will indicate when each row is to rise. When instructed, please rise together, walk across the row where you have been seated, and move up the left aisle, as directed. Be sure to take your graduation/photo card with you, as you will hand it to the presenters on stage. Students will receive a scroll as they cross the stage. Diplomas are not handed out at commencement since the degree conferral process takes place after the ceremony.

After all scrolls have been received, candidates 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.

Conferral of degree is pending final review of degree requirements by the Office of the Registrar. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the degree will be conferred and the diploma will be issued. The conferral process may take up to six weeks to complete.

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