Resources for Students

Seven Easy Steps to Getting Your Diploma

What you need to know prior to applying for graduation

  • Check important deadlines by clicking here.
  • Meet with your advisor to review your Degree Works audit for unmet requirements.
  • Verify your permanent and local addresses, with corresponding phone numbers, via the portal, and update if necessary. Most graduation-related information will be distributed via your Southeast e-mail address, but we need current information on your location as a back-up.
  • Enroll for all courses for the semester in which you plan to graduate. Undergraduates should include WP003, MAPP2, and CL'S. Graduate students should include comprehensive or oral exams and GR609.
    • If completing a requirement by transfer credit, you must enroll in coursework at the other institution and provide proof of enrollment. Proof of enrollment requires a schedule or receipt from the transfer institution that includes course number, credit hours, title, school name, your name, and ID number, and must be provided by the transfer school (no e-mail forwards). This information must be received for in-progress courses before you can be approved as a candidate for graduation. All transfer credit coursework must be completed successfully and submitted for evaluation via official transcript. After completion of the course(s), have your transcript sent to:

      Southeast Missouri State University
      Registrar's Office MS 3760 ATTN: Graduation
      One University Plaza
      Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • Students with summer enrollment: Enroll for your summer courses. Then, apply for summer graduation. Because there is no summer commencement exercise, candidates completing requirements in summer may be eligible to participate in the preceding spring ceremony if they submit an application prior to the end of the first week of summer priority enrollment. Please mark the commencement participation option accordingly during the application process to be certain your name will be included in the appropriate commencement program. The choice of commencement ceremony is available only to summer graduates.
  • Run an updated Degree Works audit after enrollment to see what might still be missing. If the department is substituting or waiving a requirement related to your degree program, have the completed, approved substitution form sent to the Registrar's Office, Attention Graduation, from the department chair.
You are now ready to apply for graduation. Please submit your application by the deadlines indicated HERE.  During peak periods, such as the month before the end of the semester, you may need to allow several weeks for your application to be entered.  NOTE:  If you are completing a major or minor only, there will be no fee for completion, and you will not receive a diploma.
After reaching the portal, navigate to Students SS tab > Services > Apply to Graduate.
Apply for Graduation from the Portal
Problems with the Graduation Application?
What you need to know now that you've applied for graduation
Important Deadlines
Academic Distinction Forms
Frequently Asked Questions

Email Account Information for Graduates

Your Southeast e-dress will remain active for several months after you graduate. This is a good opportunity to establish a new e-mail address and provide that information to those who are currently using your Southeast e-mail address. It’s also important to check e-mail on this account regularly.

Resources for Parents & Guests

Information for Parents and Guests
Directions to the Show Me Center
Show Me Center Seating Chart
Video Order Form
 Commencement Ceremony Live WebCast

Southeast Missouri State University’s commencement exercises will be streamed live to the web. Click on the link above. The site will become available at the time of the ceremony.

Additional Questions?

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Academic Hall 057
One University Plaza, MS 3760
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701