Graduation Details for Outreach Students in West Plains

Graduation details for Outreach Students in West Plains

Springfield students on the MSU-West Plains campus who plan to graduate spring or summer 2022 with a bachelor’s, master’s, or specialist degree are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony locally at the West Plains Civic Center, or at the ceremony held on the MSU-Springfield campus. MSU-West Plains has one commencement ceremony per year (in the spring semester), while the MSU-Springfield campus holds commencement at the conclusion of Fall and Spring.h2>

The spring 2022 commencement ceremony will be held at the West Plains Civic Center, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:00 am. Students need to arrive at least 30 minutes early for the ceremony.h2>

Please email Amber Johnston or Deanna Smith or call 417-255-7931 to confirm if you plan to participate in the spring 2022 commencement ceremony in West Plains so numbers of graduates attending can be tracked.


You are eligible to attend the commencement ceremony in West Plains in the spring if you completed your degree in fall 2021, are completing your degree at the end of spring 2022, or have 6 hours or less to complete in order to graduate by the end of the summer 2022 semester.h2>

Undergraduate Exit Survey

All bachelor degree candidates must complete the Undergraduate Exit Survey prior to graduation. The survey is now completely online and may be completed from anywhere. Students graduating will need to access the survey through Blackboard under the My Courses section after successful completion of 102 credit hours.

Please contact Sue McCrory at for more information regarding the Undergraduate Exit Survey.

Apply to Graduate

If you plan to graduate in spring, you will be required to complete an Application to Graduate online in your My Missouri State portal, or you may print out and send to main campus via mail, or email if needed. The paper form is located at

If you will be graduating at the end of the summer semester, you will need to Apply to Graduate and list “summer” as the graduation semester instead of spring.

If you graduated in fall 2021, you should have already applied to graduate and selected fall 2021 as your semester of graduation.

You may mail, or scan and email the form to the Office of the Registrar. Students are encouraged to apply to graduate online through My Missouri State.

Caps, Gowns, Tassels, Hoods, and Announcements

Springfield students who plan to graduate and attend commencement in West Plains may order their caps and gowns from the Drago College Bookstore on the West Plains campus or through the Baker Bookstore in Springfield. They will ship to your home, shipping charges will apply. Announcements should be ordered through the Springfield bookstore (instructions are listed below). Regalia is maroon for students graduating with bachelor’s degrees. Those graduating with master’s, specialist or doctoral degrees will have black regalia. Please make sure that you have the correct color regalia for the degree that you are receiving.

Scholastic Honors

If you are eligible to receive an honor cord for a bachelor’s degree, those will be provided to you at no cost and they will be available for pickup at commencement rehearsal or the day of the commencement ceremony. A list of students eligible for honors will be provided from the Springfield campus. You will be notified via email if you should pick up a cord. If you have questions about scholastic honors please read the academic regulations or you may also contact the Office of the Registrar in Springfield at 417-836-5520.

Access commencement information for graduates to learn more about diplomas, transcripts, proper dress for commencement, career center and the alumni association.

Graduation Announcements

If you choose to order graduation announcements, you may order them online from the Baker Bookstore or Specific instructions for ordering will be posted here soon. 

Students who plan to graduate should check with their advisors and review their degree audit to cover any questions and finalize graduation details.

If you are a MSU Outreach student who wants to attend the ceremony in West Plains please contact:

Deanna Smith
MSU Regional Outreach Administrator – Southeast Region
Phone: 417-255-7931