Registrar Commencement


May 2020 graduation candidates:

In an effort to protect students, faculty, and staff from unnecessary contact to help stem the spread of COVID 19, the following changes are in place:

  • The Imagine Graduation Fair (originally scheduled for March 24-25) is cancelled.
  • The May Graduate Senior Walk (originally scheduled for May 8) is cancelled.
  • MSU Commencement ceremony (originally scheduled for May 16) is now postponed. Our current plan is to reschedule Commencement for Saturday, August 1.  All May graduates and all August graduation candidates will be invited to participate in this Commencement ceremony.  More details will be provided as we get closer to that time. 
  • Diplomas for May graduates will be available for pick-up beginning June 8, and we will start mailing diplomas after June 16. If you marked to pick-up your diploma, we would highly recommend that have it mailed instead.  We will be reaching out to May candidates about this procedure.

If you have questions, please email

We have a drop-box located outside of Hardin South, room 101 if you need to drop off any paperwork for our office.  If you prefer to fax us the information, our fax number is 940-397-4672.  We will update this webpage as procedures change.  We appreciate your patience as we strive to provide the best service possible under rapidly changing conditions.  Thank you!



  MSU Commencement Information
May 2020 Graduation (postponed to August 1, 2020)
Will be for May graduates and August graduation candidates.

Congratulations from the Office of the Registrar!

Commencement Ceremony
Day, time, place for Commencement
Date:  Saturday, August 1, 2020
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)
(Click here for hotel information)


******Changes will occur to information below once details have been finalized.******


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 8:45 a.m.  Report to ROOMS 1 and 2 of the MPEC (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.  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 May candidates. 

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, May 15 at 5:00 p.m.  The bookstore will also be open Commencement Saturday, May 16, from 8:00 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.  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 May 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 June 8, 2020. 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 June 16, 2020.  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 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.  If you are interested in purchasing a DVD, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Information at (940) 397-4352 or click on the following link to order online after May 1: Commencement DVD Ordering

Attendance at Commencement is a degree requirement for May 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.