Diplomas are dated the last day of the semester in which the requirements for the degree are completed. Degrees are conferred twice a year at December and May commencement. Students may confirm their current degree program and major by logging into My Info and viewing their unofficial transcript.

Eligibility to participate in commencement

Montana State University allows only those graduate students who have completed all requirements for the degree (all coursework, examinations, and final papers, including approval of the thesis or dissertation by the Graduate Dean) and who have applied to graduate by the deadline to participate in commencement exercises. Graduate students utilizing the one credit extension and have documentation from their committee chair of the student’s assured completion of degree requirements by the one credit extension deadline may walk in the previous term’s ceremony.

All students should log into My Info and update "Graduation" section for diploma mailing address and legal name on your diploma. Students who participate in commencement must purchase academic robes and hoods. These may be purchased from the MSU Bookstore.

Students listed in Montana State University’s commencement book are those candidates who have identified themselves as eligible to graduate. The degree will not be awarded until all requirements for the advanced degree are met and the candidate has been certified to graduate by The Graduate School. Being listed in the commencement book does not imply completion of the degree.

For more information on the commencement ceremony, please see

For instructions on how to wear your hood or how to be hooded, please view our Commencement Tutorial Video for graduate students


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