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General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

General Procedures and Regulations


Students expecting to graduate must file an application on or before the end of first week of the fall or spring semester to assure a certification check and listing of their name in the commencement program. Summer graduates must apply by the first week of spring semester.

Applications must be filed with the Office of the Registrar at

Degrees are granted with a fall, spring, or summer effective date when all graduation requirements are met. Michigan State University supports fall and spring commencement exercises for the awarding of bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Transcripts and diplomas are held until all financial holds have been paid in full. However, the Student Accounts Office may release a transcript directly to a prospective employer on an exception basis.

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