Graduation & Commencement


Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations to our graduates for their outstanding accomplishments at Mississippi State University! You can watch a recording of the spring 2020 virtual ceremony by clicking the button below. Please do share your ceremony experience by posting photos on social media with #MSSTATEGRAD 


Timestamp Index

(00:00) Main Ceremony Presentation
(27:30) Degree Candidates
(27:32) ACCESS
(27:37) University Studies
(27:55) Engineering
(33:20) Agriculture & Life Sciences
(36:48) Architecture, Art & Design
(37:52) Arts & Sciences
(45:13) Business
(50:24) Education
(55:30) Forest Resources
(56:18) Veterinary Medicine
(57:26) Graduate Photos

Stephen D. Lee Scholar Recognition

These spring 2020 graduates have earned a true 4.0 grade point average by earning all A's throughout their college career. Click the button below to watch the special recognition of our scholars!


Spring 2020 Ceremony Program

Click the button below to view and/or download the spring 2020 commencement ceremony program.

View/Download Ceremony Program

Copies of the ceremony program, diploma covers, and gifts from our MSU Alumni Association will be mailed to graduates with their diplomas.

Additional Options for Spring 2020 Graduates

We want to ensure that all of our spring 2020 graduates are properly recognized for their success at MSU. Please know that the virtual ceremony is not meant to replace the in-person ceremonies, but to provide an option to celebrate at home with family and friends. Our university will continue to explore options for individual recognition and we hope to have the opportunity to offer a re-scheduled event in the late summer or early fall. All updates will be shared on this web page.

Click here to read a message from MSU President Mark E. Keenum

*We also invite all spring 2020 graduates to join us for the traditional ceremonies on December 11, 2020 for no additional application fee! The following link can be used by spring 2020 degree candidates to RSVP for the December ceremonies: REGISTER HERE

Spring 2020 Meridian campus graduates can use the link above to be added to the Meridian ceremony

Regalia Orders (Cap & Gown)

An order link will be available here in September for fall 2020 regalia rentals. For questions about regalia orders, please email:

Commencement Parking Map

Please check back this summer for the December 2020 commencement parking map.

Commencement Coliseum Diagram

Click the button below to download or view the coliseum diagram. For our visually impaired guests, please contact us for assistance.

View/Download Coliseum Diagram

Commencement Instructions

Please check back this summer for the December 2020 commencement instructions.

December 2020 Livestreams of Ceremonies

If you wish to watch the Starkville Campus Commencement Ceremonies but are unable to attend, you can still watch the live ceremonies online! The following links may be used to access the livestream that will broadcast the live ceremonies: 

Mississippi State University Television LIVE

Mississippi State University Commencement (adobe flash)

The livestream will also be available on the official Mississippi State University Facebook page (@msstate).

Commencement Videos

Starkville Campus Commencement Ceremonies

Mississippi State University holds multiple main campus commencement ceremonies in the Humphrey Coliseum at the end of the fall and spring semesters (December and May, respectively). Students who graduate at the end of the summer semester are invited to attend the December ceremony.

**NOTE: Students should refer to the Academic Calendar for graduation application deadlines and ceremony dates. Additional information can be found in the “Commencement Instructions” section above.

Students who plan to graduate in May, August, or December must apply for graduation by the dates published in the MSU Academic Calendar. If a student fails to graduate in the term for which he/she has applied, he/she must reapply during the term in which all degree requirements are met. Degree applicants must also pay their MSU account balances in full, prior to the graduation ceremony.

Spring 2020

*Please refer to the top of this page for information regarding the spring 2020 commencement ceremonies

Fall 2020

  • December 11, 2020 @ 9:30 a.m. (Processional at 9:00 a.m.)

        Arts & Sciences--Architecture, Art & Design--Education--University Studies

  • December 11, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m. (Processional at 3:00 p.m.)

        Engineering--Ag. & Life Sciences--Forest Resources--Veterinary Medicine--Business

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Commencement Ceremonies

The Spring 2020 DVM ceremony will be held online this semester on Wednesday, April 29. Please contact the Vet School for more information regarding the DVM Ceremony at (662) 325-3432.

Meridian Campus Commencement Ceremonies

The Mississippi State University Meridian Campus (MSU-Meridian) commencement ceremonies are held at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, MS. The ceremony times are as follows:

Spring 2020 – Meridian graduates will be included in our virtual ceremony on May 1! Please see the top of this page for additional information.

Fall 2020 - Thursday, December 10th at 11 a.m.

For additional questions regarding the MSU Meridian Commencement Ceremonies, please contact Amy Smith at or (601) 484-0234.

Degree Audit

Degrees are awarded after the appropriate representatives from the colleges and schools have reviewed the student records and notified the Office of the Registrar that students are cleared to graduate.

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University Degree Audit (CAPP)

All MSU students have access to the degree audit system CAPP (curriculum, advising, and program planning) in myState.

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Nathan Griffey
Commencement Coordinator
Office of the Registrar
Mississippi State University
(662) 325-4729


Office of the University Registrar
P.O. Box 5268
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5268
(662) 325-4123 or (662) 325-9407
Office Hours: M-F 8:00-5:00