University leaders are considering several different scenarios for the spring 2021 commencement ceremonies. In all cases the health and safety of our communities is our guiding principle. At this time we can confirm the dates for the ceremonies. Specific details, including the ceremony format, will be shared later. We appreciate your patience as we all continue to navigate this challenging time.


April 30-May 2, 2021: Baccalaureate Degree Ceremonies for all colleges except Veterinary Medicine. College-specific dates and times will be posted soon.  The undergraduate Veterinary Medicine ceremony will take place with their college's advanced degree ceremony on May 7. 


May 7-8 and May 14, 2021: Master's Degree, Educational Specialists, Doctoral Degree (PhD),  and Medical Degrees will take place May 7-8.  Law Degree Ceremonies will take place May 14. Specific dates and times will be posted soon.

Instructions and information on the 2021 Spring Ceremonies will be posted soon. 

Information regarding (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, All 2020) graduating classes

The novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused tremendous disruption in higher education. One occasion most severely impacted has been the university’s ability to conduct in-person commencement ceremonies; an event that marks milestone achievement for graduates and a time of celebration for students, their families and loved ones.

MSU has and continues to work diligently to honor graduates while keeping health and safety at the forefront of all planning within the parameters of existing state government restrictions related to the pandemic.

Please note the following with regard to current commencement ceremony planning:

  • Ceremonies scheduled for May, 2021 are for Spring 2021 graduates only.
  • Summer 2021 graduates will be invited to participate in Fall 2021 commencement ceremonies.
  • An in-person ceremony for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 graduates is still in the works for a date yet to be determined.

We congratulate all graduates on your achievements.


Candidates - you MUST apply to graduate with the Registrar's Office hereComplete the application on or before the end of the first week of the semester you expect to complete your degree requirements.  This will assure that your name is included in the commencement program.