Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony

Students at Motlow's graduation

The graduating Spring 2019 class will be recognized for their accomplishments at Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 5, 2019, which will be located at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.


MTSU Murphy Center

2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 3732



Ceremony Time

2:00 p.m.


Student Information

The Commencement Exercise

All participating candidates should be in their caps and gowns and at the Nisbett Center at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremony to check-in and line-up for the processional. There will be staff and volunteers at the ceremony to assist you with instructions and answer your questions.  All graduates must stay for the entire ceremony.

Motlow State is not responsible for your valuables (cell phones, cameras, purses, etc.). We recommend that you lock valuables in your car or leave them with family or friends.

Attire for Commencement

Candidates are expected to dress professionally and comfortably. Academic regalia including cap and gown with approved stoles, sashes, and cords are required for the ceremony. Caps may be decorated within reason as long as the decoration does not detract from the event. Motlow employees have the right to exclude a student from participating should they come dressed inappropriately. It is recommended that the gown be hung up before wearing on graduation day.

Caps and gowns can be picked up through April 26 at the Admissions and Records office at the Moore County campus or at the front office at the Smyrna, McMinnville and Fayetteville campuses.

Diploma Distribution

Provided you have met all requirements for graduation and you have no holds on your account, diplomas will be mailed 6 to 8 weeks after final grades have posted.

All candidates must fulfill all financial obligations to the College prior to receiving your diploma.

Please ensure we have your correct mailing address on file. If we do not have your correct address, you must submit a "Change of Address" form to the Admissions and Records Office.

Special Note

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not mean you have graduated from Motlow State! Final grades and final evaluations need to be completed prior to the granting of the degree/certificate. All course substitutions, final grades, exit exam (if applicable) and other college obligations must be completed by the end of your graduating term or the posting of your degree will be extended to future terms.


Guest Information


There are no tickets required.  All seating is in the bleachers with the exception of Special Seating (See below).  Guests may seat themselves on a first-come, first-served basis.  Due to safety hazards, strollers must not block isles or seats.

Special Seating on the Gymnasium Floor for Guests with Disabilities

Limited disability seating is available on the floor for individuals who cannot negotiate or have a disability which would prevent them from accessing the bleachers or stairs. Please Note: This seating area consist of folding chairs behind the graduates; therefore visibility is somewhat limited.  Due to the limited number of seats at the floor level, only guests with special needs and up to TWO additional family members are allowed access.  Questions regarding disability seating can be directed to bchampion@mscc.edu or (931) 393-1765. Guests needing special accommodations will need to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event in order to secure seating as well as to avoid the crowds in the parking lot and facility lobby.


Please feel free to bring your cameras to take photos.  To comply with safety regulations, the aisles must remain clear at all times, especially during the processional and recessional.  

Grad Images is the official photographer for graduation, and is an independent contractor. Soon after the ceremony, you can go online to find your picture to order. Many candid photos will be taken by Motlow State staff.  Photos will be posted to our website.

Tobacco-Free Campus

MTSU is smoke and tobacco-free campus. This policy prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes and other similar devices.

Safety and Security

Your safety is our first priority. For safety and courtesy none of the following items will be allowed inside or outside during the Commencement Ceremonies:

  • Balloons, blow up items, beach balls, inflatables

  • Glass containers, vases, or bottles

  • Silly string or aerosol cans of any kind

  • Illegal substances of any kind

  • Laser pens or pointers

  • Lawn chairs or portable seating

  • Alcohol of any kind

  • Fireworks or incendiary devices including party/confetti poppers

  • Offensive signs or banners or signs or banners over 8.5” X 11”

  • Weapons or other threatening objects of any kind (including spiked jewelry or chains)

  • Pets (other than service animals)

  • Water guns, spray bottles, or misters

  • Drones or any type of UAV

  • Remote control devices of any kind

  • Airsoft products

  • Facial masks of any type

  • Mace or pepper spray

  • Musical instruments

  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by Motlow State Security or Staff