MTSU Graduation This Friday and Saturday

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Looking Back: Students scan Hale Arena inside MTSU's Murphy Center for family and friends before the university's summer 2013 commencement ceremony. The 2015 graduation will be on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.

MTSU will award an estimated 2,383 degrees during its three spring 2016 commencement ceremonies this Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, inside Murphy Center.

The university's inaugural graduate-student commencement begins at 3 p.m. Friday, May 6. The undergraduate morning ceremony begins at 9 a.m. sharp Saturday, May 7, and the afternoon ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Each ceremony is expected to last about two hours.

Dr. Carroll Van West, director of MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee state historian, is the guest speaker for Friday's graduate ceremony. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is the guest speaker for the Saturday morning ceremony, and Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemas Programming, will address the Saturday afternoon ceremony.


MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and other MTSU officials also will speak briefly to graduates during the ceremonies.

Each ceremony also will be streamed live online; visit for a link to the video feed and more details.


MTSU Spring 2016 Commencement at a Glance

Who: A projected 2,383 graduates (2,034 undergraduates, 349 graduate students)

What: 2016 MTSU Spring Commencement ceremonies

When: Friday, May 6 -- 3 p.m., College of Graduate Studies; Saturday, May 7 -- 9 a.m., Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences, Business, Education, and Media and Entertainment;2 p.m., Colleges of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and University College.

Where: Murphy Center on the MTSU campus

Commencement speakers:

  • Dr. Carroll Van West, director of MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation, 3 p.m. May 6 graduate school ceremony

  • Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, 9 a.m. May 7 undergraduate ceremony.

  • Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemas Programming, 2 p.m. undergraduate ceremony.

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