MSU Commencement Information

D.L. Ligon Coliseum
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX  76308
(Click here for directions)

Friday, December 15 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Spirit of the Mustangs Graduate Walk
    Graduating seniors, Master's candidates and Doctorate candidates will meet at their respective college and their dean/faculty will walk them over to the Spirit of the Mustangs Plaza.  A reception will follow in the Clark Student Center, Comanche Suites.
6:00 PM
  • Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate School Commencement
    Graduates receiving a Master's or Doctorate degree will attend this ceremony
Saturday, December 16 10:00 AM
  • Dillard College of Business Administration
  • Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education
  • Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts
2:00 PM
  • Robert D. and Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • McCoy College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering

The doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to each ceremony. Graduates should arrive no later than 4:30 PM for the ceremony on Friday, December 15th, 8:30 AM for the 10:00 AM ceremony and 12:30 PM for the 2:00 PM ceremony on Saturday, December 16th. Report through the west entrance (closest to Midwestern Parkway) of the D.L. Ligon Coliseum and make your way to the Don Flatt Gym. 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.)

ALL Tickets have been emailed.
Please check your email inbox and your spam box.
The tickets will be from

Master's candidates for the December 15, 2023 ceremony
will not require tickets.


Each undergraduate who replied by Friday, November 17th will receive the number of tickets requested. Children ages 4 and up will require a ticket of their own. If ADA tickets were requested, more information will be sent after the Thanksgiving holidays.

Regalia:  Your MSU Bookstore will be selling caps and gowns, along with all of your graduation needs for December 2023, in store and on our website,  Custom announcements and the MSU ring may be ordered from Herff Jones at  Bookstore hours are Monday – Thursday (12/11-12/14), 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday (12/15) 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Saturday hours will be on the bookstore website and Google. The Bookstore Graduation page is currently being updated and will be available on the website by Thursday, October 18th. For more information, please call the Bookstore at 940-397-4303.

Honors: Cords for Honor Bachelor's candidates (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) are available for purchase in the bookstore. Please note: If your instructors have not posted your final grades, your honor status could possibly change.  You can view your GPA by logging in to your Degree Works or your portal account.        

  Cum Laude MSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.500-3.699 inclusive.
  Magna Cum Laude MSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.700-3.899 inclusive.
  Summa Cum Laude MSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.900-4.000 inclusive.

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 tassels 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 approximately 6-8 weeks after commencement. Students who did not complete degree requirements will be notified by email.

Photographer: The University has arranged for a photographer to take pictures as you shake hands with President Haynie 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 Office of the Registrar at


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.

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