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"IMAGINE" Graduation Fair

October 11 and 12, 2016

Clark Student Center, Comanche Suites (Atrium entrance)

An event is being planned for all December 2016 degree candidates and the August 2016 graduates who will be attending the December Commencement ceremony to answer all of your questions and be sure you have taken care of all the details necessary to graduate (short of those pesky final exams!!).  It typically takes less than 30 minutes to visit the necessary representatives, and your attendance gives you the opportunity to win cash/prizes.

Tuesday     October 11, 2016     11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday     October 12, 2016     11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Come and talk with representatives who can give you straight answers to your questions... Registrar's Office, Business Office, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Moffett Library, MSU Bookstore, Career Management Center, Student Support Services, University Development, and Alumni Relations.

Let us help make your last semester less of a "roller coaster ride" and give you the chance to take care of everything for graduation in one stop.  This event is for the 2016 August and December graduation candidates; the 2017 May candidates will be invited to an Imagine Graduation Fair in the spring.

MSU Commencement Information
December 2016 Graduation

Congratulations from the Office of the Registrar!


Commencement Ceremony


DateSaturday, December 17, 2016
Time:10:00 a.m.
Place:MPEC (Multi-Purpose Event Center)
Kay Yeager Coliseum
1000 5th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas
(Click here for Map/Directions)
(Click here for hotel information)

Please note: Graduates and guests may want to wear warm footwear and clothing.  It will be
ice hockey season, and the coliseum floor will be ice, covered with a non-slip
surface.  The temperature in the coliseum may be quite cool.

The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony.  Graduates should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m.  Report to ROOMS 1 and 2 of the MPEC (separate building adjacent to the Kay Yeager Coliseum.)  Use the entrance to the left of the flags.  Signs will indicate where the graduates will line up.  Family members and guests will not be allowed in the graduate line up area and should proceed to the Kay Yeager Coliseum.  As commencement draws a large audience, elderly persons and others who need special assistance should plan to arrive as early as possible.  We anticipate the ceremony will last about two hours.  After the recessional, graduates will proceed outside to meet family and guests.

Regalia:  The MSU Bookstore is ready to assist you with your graduation needs, from regalia, to announcements and MSU ring.  The MSU Bookstore will be at the Imagine Graduation Fair to assist you.  For your convenience, if you miss Imagine Graduation, you may come by the bookstore or order your regalia online.  Online order information will be available in October.  The bookstore will also be open Commencement Saturday, December 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the shopping convenience of family and guests. 

Honors: Cords for Honor bachelor's candidates (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) will be distributed as you line up. They are to be worn pinned to the left shoulder seam.

Dress: All graduates will wear an Academic Gown and a Mortar Board.  All tassels should be worn on the right and will be shifted to the left together, except for master's candidates who will wear their tassel on the left the entire ceremony.  Casual wear is not appropriate.  Graduates may not wear jewelry or flowers on the gown and may not carry a purse or camera.  There will be no secure place to leave valuables during the ceremony. Pin car keys to the inside of the gown if necessary.  Female candidates for the bachelors degrees should have white collars in their gown packets.  All Master’s candidates will have hoods instead of collars, which they will carry on the right arm so they can be hooded during the ceremony. The hoods will be issued by the Bookstore.

Diplomas: When you walk across the stage, you will be handed a diploma cover.  Grades for December graduates will be submitted the week following commencement.  If all of your degree requirements are completed and all financial, academic, and financial aid obligations are met, diplomas may be picked up beginning January 13, 2017. You must bring a picture I.D. If you have someone else pick up your diploma, you must send a signed authorization for us to release it to that person and they must show appropriate identification.  If you asked us to mail your diploma, it will be mailed about January 20, 2017.  Students who did not complete degree requirements will be notified by letter and email.

Photographer, Recording, and DVD: The University has arranged for a photographer to take pictures as you shake hands with President Shipley and additional poses after you exit the stage. The photograph with the President is candid, so you do not have to stop to pose for that photo.  Proofs will be emailed to the email account you indicate on the line up card.  If your email or address changes, update your records in WebWorld and contact the Audit Team in the Registrar's Office at

The ceremony is being recorded and will air on digital Channel 2 or QAM 11.1 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 20 through Friday, December 23.  If you are interested in purchasing a DVD, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Information at (940) 397-4352 or click here to order online after December 1.

Attendance at Commencement is a degree requirement for December graduates unless officially excused. If you are absolutely unable to be here, contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain a form to request permission to graduate in absentia.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (940) 397-4116.