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General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

General Procedures and Regulations

Graduation and Commencement

Degrees are granted with a fall, spring, or summer conferral date when all requirements are met. All work towards a degree should be completed by the day prior to the next semester beginning for the degree to be conferred for that semester.

Students can apply for graduation at and should do so before the end of the fifth week of the semester in which they wish to graduate.

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.

Michigan State University supports fall and spring commencement exercises for the awarding of bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Students expecting to graduate must complete a degree application before the end of fifth week of the fall or spring semester to assure a certification check and listing of their name in the commencement program. Students with a directory restriction on their account will not have their name printed in the commencement program, regardless of the graduation application date.

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