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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
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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.  For your convenience, if you missed Imagine Graduation, you may come by the bookstore or order your regalia online through November 21 at  After that date you may call the bookstore at 940-397-4303 to order and pay for regalia.

Regular bookstore hours for picking up regalia are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday.  A friend or family member may pick up your regalia for you through Friday, December 16 at 5:00 p.m.  The bookstore will also be open Commencement Saturday, December 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the shopping convenience of family and guests. If your pre-ordered cap and gown and have not been picked up by 8:00 a.m. on graduation day, they will be taken to the MPEC for you to pick up.

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 left arm so they can be hooded during the ceremony. The hoods will be issued by the Bookstore.

Hood for Master’s Candidates:  You will walk on stage with your hood draped over your left arm (further instructions will be given as you line up prior to the ceremony).  You will receive your diploma in your left hand and shake the Regent's hand with your right hand.  You will then move to the Graduate Dean, Dr. Kathryn Zuckweiler, who will remove the hood from your arm.  At that moment you should turn to face the audience of graduates seated on the floor.  Dr. Zuckweiler will then place the hood over your head and fix the back of the hood appropriately.  If you are quite tall, please flex your knees a bit to assist with the hooding after Dr. Zuckweiler takes your hood from you.  When complete, Dr. Zuckweiler will say "Congratulations" and you should turn to your right and proceed to shake the President's hand.  The photograph with the President is candid, so you do not have to stop to pose for that photo.

If you are a veteran of the U.S. military, or currently serving on active duty, we would like to recognize your service to our country by providing a red, white, and blue military honor cord for you to wear with your commencement regalia. To pick up your military honor cord, please bring your photo I.D. and stop by the MSU V.A. Office in Hardin South, room 100A, and see Kim Long, Veterans Advisor, by 5:00 p.m., November 21. If you are not currently using your military benefits at MSU, please bring a copy of your DD214 with you. If you have questions, or are a distance education student, please call Kim Long at 940-397-4306.

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.