Frequently asked questions

  • How do I register for Spring Commencement?
    The main Commencement page will have a registration link. Registration opens Monday, March 29, 2021, at 8 a.m. CST. To participate, you must register online by April 23, 2021. Walk-ups the day of the ceremony will not be allowed due to COVID-related health and safety guidelines for social distancing and venue capacity.
  • What happens if I forget to register before the deadline?
    If you do not register online by 4:30 p.m. CST on April 23, 2021, but would still like to participate in a ceremony, please email Include your name, M number, and ceremony preference. The Graduation Office staff will check for availability. If all ceremonies are at capacity, you may be placed on a waiting list. Wait list students are not guaranteed a seat in a ceremony. Only students who register by the deadline will be guaranteed a seat in a ceremony.
  • Which day is my ceremony?
    All masters, specialist, and doctoral graduates will register for the ceremony on Friday, May 7, 2021. All Saturday ceremonies are for undergraduate students only. Advanced registration is required for ALL ceremonies.
  • Does it matter which ceremony I choose?
    Undergraduate students may choose from any of the Saturday, May 8, 2021, ceremony options. The Friday ceremony is for graduate-level students only. You will be able to select your preferred ceremony and second choice during registration. If seats are no longer available for your preferred ceremony, you will be assigned to your second choice. You will receive a confirmation for the date and time of your Commencement ceremony via your MSU email account. Please do not finalize your travel plans or prepare invitations until you receive confirmation.
  • Who can participate in Spring 2021 Commencement?
    Anyone who graduated in 2020 and students who have applied for spring or summer graduation for 2021 are eligible to participate.
  • Are family and friends allowed to attend?
    Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for their guests. All other family and friends may join the live stream online to celebrate and view the ceremony. All guests must have a ticket to enter the CFSB Center, including infants and small children. No entry will be permitted for anyone without a ticket due to COVID guidelines.
  • Will the ceremonies be available to watch online?
    Yes, all ceremonies will be streamed live.
  • Will I get to walk across the stage and have my name announced?
    Yes, each graduate will have the opportunity to walk across the stage, have their name announced and pick up their Commencement scroll.
  • Do I receive my actual diploma during Commencement?
    No, diplomas will be mailed to the graduating class approximately six weeks after the ceremony. In order to ensure delivery of your diploma, please make sure you have updated your diploma mailing address on myGate. Participants will receive a scroll as they cross the stage.
  • Am I required to participate?
    No, attendance is not mandatory. All graduates are invited to attend so that your family, friends, and the MSU community can recognize your achievements.
  • How can I purchase my cap and gown?
    You may purchase all regalia through the University Store online or in-person.
  • Is applying for my degree the same as registering for Commencement?
    No, applying for your degree is separate from Commencement. All students must formally apply for the degree by completing the graduation application from your Academics tab in myGate even if you choose not to participate in a Commencement ceremony. To reserve your spot at an in-person ceremony, you must register online by April 23, 2021.
  • Will I get a refund for my graduation fee if I choose not to attend a ceremony?
    No, the application fee does not cover any costs associated with Commencement because participation in Commencement is not required. The application fee you paid when you submitted your graduation application covers the costs of processing your degree, printing, packaging, and shipping your diploma.
  • Will I have to wear a mask to Commencement?
    Yes, masks and social distancing will be enforced for the health and safety of all attendees.
  • How long will the ceremony last?
    Each ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

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