Graduation Procedures

Commencement Information

The 2019 Commencement is Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 AM at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 Saint Louis St., West Plains, MO 65775.

Apply to graduate

In order to graduate, a student must complete an Application to Graduate form. Students should apply for graduation at the time of registration for the semester in which they intend to graduate. An audit of the student's record will be made to verify graduation eligibility.

Applications are available at online forms and in the office of registration and records or a student may apply online through My Grizzly Den.

Clear all encumbrances

Student accounts must be less than $25 of all encumbrances (See Transcripts section) before diplomas and final transcripts will be released. This includes settlement of all library and parking fines, payment of graduation fee and completion of Stafford loan exit interviews. Students receiving Stafford loans while a student at Missouri State University-West Plains may contact the financial aid office, (417) 255-7243, for information on how to complete the loan exit interview. Please contact the business office, (417) 255-7260, for more information on payment of fees.

Verify honors

Phi Theta Kappa members and Darr Honors Program participants should contact the appropriate advisor approximately six week before graduation.

Order graduation cap and gown

Student's planning to participate in the commencement ceremony should pick up their caps, gowns, tassels, announcements, rings, etc., through the Drago College Store by attending the Graduation Fair. In addition, announcements, name cards, souvenir tassels, thank you cards and other items are also available for order through the bookstore.

Attend commencement practice

Commencement practice will be held at 1:00 PM (Tentative) on the Friday before commencement at the West Plains Civic Center.

Note: All graduates from the summer, fall and spring semesters will walk in one ceremony at the end of the spring semester. If a student will graduate at the end of the following summer session, an appeal may be made to the assistant dean for permission to participate in the spring graduation ceremony.

Participate in commencement ceremony

Commencement will be held at 10:00 AM on the Saturday following the end of the spring semester at the West Plains Civic Center.

Handicap access is available to the West Plains Civic Center. If graduates, family members, or guests require special assistance, please notify the office of registration and records.

Graduates should plan to arrive by 8:30 AM for a group photo.


  • Photos and video of the May 18, 2019, commencement ceremony will be available for purchase.
  • Use the DVD Order form to purchase a DVD of the May 18th graduation ceremony from the Media Arts Center. The deadline to order is May 31st.

Information regarding diplomas and transcripts

Graduates will receive diploma covers at the commencement ceremony. Students not planning to participate in the commencement exercise may pick up a diploma cover in the office of registration and records the week following commencement. The diploma and final transcript will be mailed to graduates once the final verification that all degree requirements have been met is completed. Anticipated release date for diplomas and transcripts is approximately 4 weeks after the end of the semester.