MSU Commencement Information

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

Honors Designation
Friday, May 10 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, May 11 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, May 10th, 8:30 AM for the 10:00 AM ceremony and 12:30 PM for the 2:00 PM ceremony on Saturday, May 11th. 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.)

Tickets will be not required for the May 2024 Commencement Ceremony

If your name is unique or frequently mispronounced, you may leave a message for the announcer at 940-397-6978 prior to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8. First state your name clearly and distinctly, the degree you will be receiving such as Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts, major English, and then slowly spell your name and say your name an additional time.

ADA Accommodations: 
Graduates needing ADA accommodations will need to contact the Registrar's Office. Guest ADA seating will be available on the gym floor. Volunteers will be available to assist with seating. 

Attendance at Commencement is a degree requirement for graduates unless officially excused. If you are absolutely unable to attend, contact the Office of the Registrar to request permission to graduate in absentia. Graduates will not be allowed to walk at a later ceremony. Limits on capacity at the various ceremonies mean we cannot allow students to walk in other ceremonies. All ceremonies will be livestreamed. The livestreaming link will be available closer to the event date.

Regalia:  Your MSU Bookstore will be selling caps and gowns, along with all of your graduation needs for May 2024, in store and on our website,  Custom announcements and the MSU ring may be ordered from Herff Jones at  Bookstore hours will be on the bookstore website and Google. 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.        

Commencement Times
  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 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 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

Area hotels offering special rates: The Delta Hotel would like to congratulate all the graduates on your achievement. They are offering a special discounted rate of $109 plus tax to all parents and guests coming in for MSU's graduation. For a celebratory dinner at the Wellborn 2R Steakhouse located inside the Delta Hotel, please make reservations in advance. Book your group rate for MSU Graduation 2024.