Registrar Commencement

  MSU Commencement Information
December 2021 Graduation

Congratulations from the Office of the Registrar!

Commencement Ceremony
Day, time, place for Commencement
Date:  Saturday, December 11, 2021
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Place:  MPEC (Multi-Purpose Event Center)
 Wichita Falls Kay Yeager Coliseum
 1000 5th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas
 (Click here for Map/Directions)

Parking at MPEC/KYC has been greatly reduced due to construction of the new hotel.  Please click here for the Parking Map and plan to arrive early.

The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony (see clear bag requirement above).  Graduates should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.  Report though the main front doors of the MPEC - Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall (separate building adjacent to the Wichita Falls Kay Yeager Coliseum).  Use the entrance to the left of the flags.  Signs will indicate where the graduates will line up.  (NOTE: graduates who arrive late, after the lines have moved to the coliseum, will be seated at the back and will cross the stage in that order, instead of sitting with others in the same programs.)

Family members and guests will not be allowed in the graduate line up area and should proceed to the Wichita Falls 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, you may come by the bookstore or order your regalia online at  Online order information is available now for December candidates.  (Please note regalia for May 2022 graduation candidates is not available to purchase at this time.  Please check back to this website later in January.)

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 10 at 5:00 p.m.  The bookstore will also be open Commencement Saturday, December 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the shopping convenience of family and guests.  The bookstore has generic announcements available or you may order custom announcements with Herff Jones at  For more information or questions, please call the MSU Bookstore at 940-397-4303.

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.  All Master’s candidates will have hoods which they will carry on the left arm so they can be hooded during the ceremony. The hoods will be issued by the Bookstore.

Decoration of Mortar Boards: The administration has stated that mortar board decorations must adhere "flat" to the top (square portion) of the mortar board only.  Decorations are not to be placed anywhere beneath the top of the mortar board, neither attached to the cap portion supporting it, nor dangling from any part of the mortar board.

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 will begin being mailed on January 24, 2022.  Students who did not complete degree requirements will be notified by letter and email.

Photographer: The University has arranged for a photographer to take pictures as you shake hands with Interim President Johnston and additional poses after you exit the stage. The photograph with the Interim 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

Streaming: The ceremony will be streamed.  Check back to this website for more details closer to the event.

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.