Commencement FAQs

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  • In which college do I belong?

    Undergraduates are invited to participate in the ceremony based on the college associated with their major, not the degree. 

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  • When will I get my degree?

    Your degree is the credential of your program of study:

    • BSE-Bachelor of Science in Education
    • BA-Bachelor of Arts
    • BDES- Bachelor of Design
    • BSN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, etc.

    Your degree is conferred when all requirements have been met, and this is tracked on your degree audit. When all requirements have green checkmarks and your degree audit states that 100% of requirements have been met, the Office of the Registrar will confer your degree. You should see your degree awarded the first week of June if you finished at the end of spring semester. Summer degrees should be conferred approximately two weeks after the end of each summer term. You will see your degree listed in MAX and on a transcript.

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  • When will I get my diploma?

    A diploma is the ceremonial document showing your earned credential. When all your requirements are met and your degree is conferred, a diploma will be prepared and mailed to you.


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  • Do I have to attend a Commencement ceremony to get my degree or diploma?

    No. Neither degree conferral nor diploma delivery require attendance at a commencement ceremony.

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  • I listed one address on my graduation application, but now I’m at a different address. How will my diploma get to me?

    Please email the registrar’s office if your post-graduation address has changed. We cannot guarantee that the United States Post Office will forward your diploma. Even if you do not remember the address you listed on your graduation application, please email with a current address if you think there could be any issues with receiving your diploma.

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  • How can I verify that I have earned my degree without a diploma?

    The official record of your academic record is your transcript, where all degrees, concentrations and honors are listed. You can order official transcripts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online on the Millersville University website:

    If a potential employer would like to verify your degree, our resource is the National Student Clearinghouse:

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  • Can I order my cap and gown?
    Yes. Commencement regalia can be ordered through the University Store and can be shipped to you or will be available for pick up at the University Store beginning April 10, 2023.
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  • Why has the undergraduate regalia been changed, and it doesn’t include a hood?

    There is an Inter-Collegiate Code that sets out a detailed uniform scheme of academic regalia that states that it is tradition in Academia for the bachelor’s gown to be worn without a hood.  In receiving a master’s degree at MU, there is actually a “hooding” ceremony that takes place where the hood is put on the graduate by the graduate coordinator of the program. The removal of the hood from the undergraduate regalia offers a cost savings of $28/41%.  For these reasons, after careful consideration, President Wubah and his Cabinet decided to remove the hood from the undergraduate regalia.

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