Graduation Information

Congratulations on your Upcoming Graduation

Graduation marks the completion of all MBA degree requirements: 

  • The completion of the seven MBA Core Courses and three Elective Courses offered within the program. 
  • A minimum degree GPA of 3.0 for the 30 units of program coursework. 
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam (or BUS 5960 Individual Project) as the culminating experience. 
  • Completion of program coursework and culminating experience within seven calendar years from the date of admission into the program. 

You must apply for graduation prior to the conclusion of your coursework.

Students must apply for graduation to have their degree officially recognized and conferred by the university.  We ask that you submit your graduation application in the semester PRIOR to your graduation. 

What does it mean to graduate with Distinction?   

The traditional undergraduate "honors" awards (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) are not available for graduate students. However, to recognize exceptional performance, graduate students may “Graduate with Distinction.”  MBA students who have achieved a degree GPA of 3.9 or higher for their master’s degree program coursework, will receive a master’s degree with distinction and the notation of “With Distinction” will appear on their diploma and be posted on their transcript. Students must have submitted their graduation application by March in order to be eligible & nominated for Distinction (honors). 

Applying for Graduation 

MBA (Evening) Program 

The MBA program recommends submission of the Application for Graduation form one term (semester) before your last term. Email the Application for Graduation form to The application fee can be paid via your MyStanState Student Center. Additional information and instructions are on the first page of the application form. 

Online MBA Program 

The MBA program recommends submission of the Application for Graduation form one term (semester) before your last term. The Application for Graduation is submitted directly to Continuing and Professional Education. The application fee can be paid via your MyStanState Student Center. Email payment confirmation number or receipt copy to 

Questions about the Graduation process?  Please contact the Enrollment Services office. 

Attending the Commencement Ceremony 

Who is eligible to participate in the Class of 2024 Commencement?  All students who have an approved Application for Graduation and have completed all course work in Fall 2023, pending course work in Spring 2024, and pending course work in Summer 2024 are eligible to participate in the May 2024 Commencement Ceremony.  (Students graduating in terms outside of the Class of 2024 terms can submit a Request to Participate Form located on the Forms webpage.) 

Registration is required to participate in Commencement.  Don’t miss this lifetime achievement … you deserve to have your success celebrated.  All eligible participating graduates are required to register on WarriorLife by March 29, 2024, to participate in the College of Business Commencement Ceremony 

For additional information on the Commencement Schedule, rehearsal, clearing your degree, receiving your diploma, Commencement brochure, GradImages photographs, livestream of the ceremony, lawn signs, or Facebook covers visit the Commencement webpage.

Learn about Commencement

Updated: February 19, 2024