Graduation - Fayette

The crowning achievement to an academic career is, for most students, Commencement. CMU encourages all students eligible for graduation to take part in a Commencement ceremony.

Commencement Information - May 14, 2016

Baccalaureate will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church.

Lunch is available in the Student Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Graduates are guests of the University.

Commencement begins at 2:00 p.m. in Puckett Field House.

The 2016 Commencement will be live-streamed! A link will be available on the CMU homepage on May 14 or visit the event on YouTube.

Seating for family and friends is ample but on a first come, first served basis.

In an effort to accommodate those who, due to health issues, are unable to use the regular, raised seating in Puckett Field House there will be also a small section of floor seats available. A ticket is required for this area. It is very important for everyone to understand that this section is only for those with disability issues; it will not accommodate additional members of the family.

Tickets for this seating area may be reserved by contacting Connie Hayes at or 660-248-6225. Tickets may be picked up in the Office of Student Development beginning May 1.

The student center/field house parking lot will be reserved for vehicles with a handicap tag or plate on a first come, first served basis.

Seniors: Commencement Information

Students wishing to graduate must complete the CLAS Graduation Application. The application must be submitted by October 1 for December 2015 or March 1 for May 2016.

Generally, students need to earn at least 124 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate. Some programs have additional requirements, so students should check with their advisors and with division chairs.

Academic Regalia and Commencement

Arrangements for academic regalia are made through each campus office. Students should attend graduation on the campus at which they are enrolled, if possible.

Undergraduate graduation honors

Each year, some members of the graduating class are recognized for outstanding scholarship. Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.95 (or above) graduate summa cum laude. Students whose GPA is 3.8 (or above) graduate magna cum laude. Students whose GPA is 3.7 (or above) graduate cum laude. Honors students must have earned at least 60 semester hours from Central Methodist University. Graduation with Honors is calculated using all grades earned through the term prior to Commencement, including all transferred hours. These honors are recorded on the diplomas. Students graduating with honors are given appropriately colored cords to wear in the Commencement Ceremony. Students must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours from Central Methodist University to be eligible for honors.


Statewide students see the College of Graduate and Extended Studies graduation information page.