Commencement

Commencement Day

Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00 a.m.
CFSB Center
Watch online

About Commencement

The Commencement Exercises and Investiture Ceremony is a long-standing tradition at Murray State University and represent a time of dignity and decorum. The ceremony is approximately two hours and will take place in the CFSB Center. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with Murray State graduates, their families, friends, and loved ones.

Key Dates

  • September 15, 2017 – Deadline for Masters, Specialist and Doctoral Degree Applications for December 2017 (available on myGate)
  • October 17, 2017 – Commencement Meeting
    4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Curris Center Theatre
  • October 20, 2017 - All late degree applicants must use the Late Participation and Ticket Request Form to participate in the ceremony and/or request tickets
  • October 25, 2017 – Commencement Participation and Ticket Request Survey Opens (link sent to Murray State email account)
  • November 1, 2017 - Senior Salute
    10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Curris Center Dance Lounge
  • November 2, 2017
    10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Curris Center Dance Lounge
  • November 3, 2017 – Commencement Participation and Ticket Request Survey Closes at 11:59PM CST (no guaranteed tickets available for requests made after this date)
  • November 7, 2017 – Ticket confirmation email sent to Commencement participants
  • November 27, 2017 – Tickets released to Commencement participants by email
  • December 8, 2017 - Name Card Pick Up
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. CFSB Center Lower Level Lobby A
  • December 9, 2017 – Commencement ceremony begins promptly at 9:00AM CST

Commencement schedule

  • December 9, 2017 at the CFSB Center
  • 7:30 a.m. - Shuttle bus operation from Roy Stewart Stadium to CFSB Center begins
  • 8:00 a.m. – Candidates arrive at the CFSB Center and report to lower level lobby A to pick up name card and line up.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Doors open for guest entry to the CFSB Center
  • 9:00 a.m. – Ceremony begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Standby entry begins for non ticketed guests (as occupancy permits)
  • 1:30 p.m. - Shuttle bus operation ends (time is approximate)

CFSB Center / Seating and security

The CFSB Center is located at 1401 State Route 121 North, Murray, KY 42071.

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Degree candidate seating in the CFSB Center

All degree candidates will be seated on the main floor of the CFSB Center.

Guest Seating

The CFSB Center will be open for guest seating 60 minutes prior to the ceremony. All seating is general admission for the commencement ceremony. Electronic guest tickets will have a system generated row and seat number; however, these are not your guests' assigned seats.


Please let us know if you or your guests require accessibility assistance

Security

For security and courtesy to others, please note the following:

  • All guests entering the CFSB Center are subject to visual observation by security personnel
  • Cell phones should be set to silent
  • Saving of multiple seats is prohibited

These items are prohibited and must be removed from the CFSB Center:

  • Guns, Explosives, Weapons, or Knives
  • Wrapped Items/Packages
  • Backpacks or Duffle Bags
  • Signs, Banners or Flyers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Laser Pointers

Parking

The CFSB Center is located at 1401 State Route 121 North, Murray, KY 42071.

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As road construction continues on HWY 121 near the CFSB Center, guests are encouraged to get an early start and allow ample time for delays and traffic congestion. Recommended route and parking road signs will be placed alongside the major entry points into Murray to assist motorists.

Parking is available in the Stewart Stadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center, right off Highway 641. Shuttle buses are available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors of the CFSB Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. Buses are also available until 1:30 p.m. to transport guests from the CFSB Center back to the parking lot.

The parking lot located off of Gilbert Graves Drive will be available for patrons with accessibility needs. An accessible parking tag or special permission will be required to park in this location (for more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access, (270) 809-3155,. TDD - (270) 809-3361.). Guests with limited mobility may also be dropped off at this location.

Accessibility

Parking/Drop-Off Zone

An accessible parking tag or special permission will be required to park in the lot off Gilbert Graves Drive. For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access. Guests with limited mobility may also be dropped off at this location.

Seating

The top two rows of chair seats in the arena are reserved for guests with limited mobility. A limited mobility guest may have two additional guests sit with them. Additionally, there are two seating areas on each side of the arena for special seating. In these areas, two additional guests may also be permitted.

Wheelchairs

Entrance B is accessible to guests using wheelchairs. There will be ushers available to assist guests. Each guest in a wheelchair may have two chair seats located next to them for guests accompanying them. Wheelchairs will not be provided.

For additional information or special requests, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access, (270) 809-3155, or the CFSB Center, (270) 809-5577. TDD - (270) 809-3361.

Tickets

Murray State students, family and friends of graduates are welcome to attend commencement ceremonies as space allows. Admission tickets are required for each guest (including infants and children). Students who are graduating and participating in the ceremony are not required to have tickets. All commencement tickets are free of charge.

Ticketing information

Candidate information

Cap and Gown

Caps, tassels, gowns, residential college stoles, honors cords, and graduate hoods may be purchased at the University Store in the Curris Center. All degree candidates must be wearing their caps and gowns in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Please be sure that the robe, stole, cords, etc., are all worn in a tasteful manner. If you have any questions regarding the purchasing of academic regalia, please contact the University Store at (270) 809-4388.

Senior Salute

Senior Salute is hosted by the University Store in the fall and spring semesters for students participating in that semester’s upcoming commencement. Representatives from the Office of the Registrar, Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, Murray State Graduate Education, Career Services Office, Alumni Association, and Grad Images are present to answer questions and help students with commencement regalia, invitations, and other graduation questions. Please visit https://www.murraystate.edu/Info/Bookstore/GraduationOrders.aspx for more information.

How/When to apply for graduation

A student must apply for graduation and be recommended for the degree to the Board of Regents of Murray State University before any degree is conferred. Degrees are awarded in December, May and August. Formal commencement exercises are held at the end of the spring and fall semesters. August graduates are included in the May ceremony of the same year. Names and academic honors for August graduates are only listed in the May program.

Students should apply for graduation by the dates listed below:

Undergraduate Students (Associate/Bachelor's)

  • Graduation term: May,
    Application deadline: November 1 of previous calendar year
  • Graduation term: August,
    Application deadline: March 1 of same calendar year
  • Graduation term: December,
    Application deadline: April 1 of same calendar year

Graduate Students (Masters/Specialist/Doctorate)

  • Graduation term: May,
    Application deadline: February 15 of same calendar year
  • Graduation term: August,
    Application deadline: March 15 of same calendar year
  • Graduation term: December,
    Application deadline: September 15 of same calendar year

Degree applications are available on myGate on the Academics tab. For more information, please visit our support article.

Academic Honors versus Ceremony Honors

Ceremony Honors

Ceremony honors are calculated prior to the commencement ceremony and do not include the most current semester’s coursework; therefore, the ceremony honors are not considered official honors and will not appear on the academic transcript or diploma. Since ceremony honors do not include the current semester’s coursework, these honors may differ from the official academic honors that are calculated when the degree is conferred.

Official Academic Honors

The official academic honors are calculated when the degree is being awarded and includes all coursework for the degree. Only official academic honors are listed on the transcript and diploma.


Baccalaureate degree candidates are considered for graduation honors if they meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Earn a minimum of 40 semester hours in residence at Murray State University
  • Obtain at least a 3.40 cumulative overall GPA (includes all Murray State work and transfer work)
  • Obtain at least a 3.40 cumulative institution GPA (includes only Murray State work)

Honors are assigned based on the GPA criteria listed below. It is important to note that if the overall GPA falls in one category and the GPA at Murray State falls in another category, the grade point average in the lowest category will be the deciding factor (assuming that all other criteria have been met).

  • 3.40-3.59 GPA Cum Laude
  • 3.60-3.79 GPA Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.80-4.00 GPA Summa Cum Laude

Photographs/Video

Photographs

There will be an official photographer taking each candidate’s photograph. Three photographs will be taken during the ceremony. The first photograph will be taken as the candidate approaches the stage. The second photograph is taken while the candidate is shaking the President’s hand and the final photograph is taken after the candidate walks across the stage. This final photograph is taken in front of the American, state of Kentucky and Murray State flags.

The photo information must be completed on the name card BEFORE the candidate enters the arena floor. All degree candidates must bring their cards with them as they proceed to the stage to receive their commencement scrolls.

Complimentary proofs will be e-mailed to the address provided by the candidate on the graduation card. Inexpensive, quality enlargements are available for purchase from Grad Trak Graduation Images, www.gradimages.com . The customer service number is 1.800.261.2576.

Video

Commencement Exercises will be streamed live and recorded at murraystate.edu/streaming. The video will remain available on YouTube following the event. View the December 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement ceremony details

The Commencement Exercises and Investiture Ceremony is a special and important occasion for Murray State University, its graduates, and their loved ones. Please be courteous and respectful of others in attendance.

Candidates for degree are asked to arrive at the CFSB Center, Lower Level Gate A at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the commencement ceremony to pick up their graduation/photo card. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

More information

Commencement meeting

The Provost Office, in conjunction with the Office of the Registrar, hosts commencement meetings in September (for December candidates) and in February (for May commencement participants). Please see Key Dates for specific meeting dates and times.

Meeting topics include:

  • How to register to participate in commencement
  • How to order tickets
  • Important dates and times
  • What to expect on the day of commencement

These meetings are not mandatory; however, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings if your schedule permits.

December 2017 Commencement Meeting Video

Choosing a commencement ceremony

Formal commencement exercises are held at the end of the spring and fall semesters. Degrees are conferred at the end of the spring, summer and fall semesters; however, the university does not hold a summer commencement exercise. Summer degree candidates are included in the spring commencement exercise of the same year.

Both ceremonies guarantee the same number of tickets; however, students may request to participate in any ceremony that occurs after their degree date. Candidate names and honors (if applicable) will only appear in the commencement program that is given out at the ceremony that corresponds with the student’s graduation date. Students who choose to participate in a later ceremony will need to complete the Commencement Participation and Ticket Request Form and submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible.