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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.

Fall 2019                                                                                                                                    

  • December 13, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m. (Processional at 9:00 a.m.):

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

  • December 13, 2019 @ 3:30 p.m. (Processional at 3:00 p.m.):

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

Spring 2020

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


  • May 1, 2020 @ 9:30 a.m. (Processional at 9:00 a.m.):

        Arts & Sciences--Architecture, Art & Design

  • May 1, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m. (Processional at 3:00 p.m.):

        Engineering--Ag. & Life Sciences--Forest Resources--University Studies--Veterinary Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Commencement Ceremonies

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) holds a separate, once-a-year ceremony for all of its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduates. This year’s DVM ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Humphrey Coliseum. CVM Undergraduate, Master, and PhD degree candidates may participate in the main Starkville Campus commencement ceremonies described in the section above. 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:

Fall 2019 – Thursday, December 12th at 11 a.m.

Spring 2020 – Thursday, April 30th at 11 a.m.

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

Degree Audit

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University Degree Audit (CAPP)

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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