Alumni & Graduation

BearGrad Showing off their new diploma

Fall Grad Fair 2021 



When: ​​​​​​​

Oct 20th & 21st

9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. ​​​​​​​


PSU Ballroom West

Grad Fair: The One-Stop Shop for Graduation

Grad Fair is the one-stop shop for everything a student needs to graduate at Missouri State. BearGrads can ask representatives from departments like Financial Aid & the Career Center questions, check out Grad School options, learn about Alumni Perks, meet local businesses, enjoy snacks, play games, win prizes, and more!

Grad Fair is the the first opportunity for BearGrads to buy their cap and gown. The day after Grad Fair, BearGrads will be able to buy their cap and gown online or in-store until the first day of the following semester. 

Vendors at the Fair: 

  • Alumni Association
    • ​​​​​​​Learn more about the perks of being a #BearGrad
  • The Bookstore 
    • ​​​​​​​Check in, Raffle Entry, and get your Cap & Gown
  • The Career Center 
    • ​​​​​​​Get the tools you need for your job search
  • College of Business - Graduate Programs 
    • ​​​​​​​Learn about graduate programs and options available at the COB
  • Financial Services​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • ​​​​​​​Check your balances and make sure your finances are on the right track towards Graduation
  • Financial Aid 
    • ​​​​​​​Nervous about payments? Learn about your options with help from Financial Aid 
  • Graduate College 
    • ​​​​​​​Advance in your chosen field. Ask the Grad College questions and learn about how all the different post-grad programs at Missouri State.  
  • Herff Jones 
    • ​​​​​​​You earned it, now FRAME it! Shop Diploma Frames, Graduation Announcements, and College Rings at the Herff Jones table
  • Lifetouch Photography
    • ​​​​​​​Need a new LinkedIn photo? Or want a little more time for the perfect Grad photo? Visit the Lifetouch booth for a FREE professional headshot in your cap & gown, business attire, or both 
  • Madison Avenue Boutique
    • ​​​​​​​Find THE outfit for your Grad Photos
  • The Network
    • ​​​​​​​Connect with real life BearGrads living and working in Springfield

Graduation Links

Graduation Regalia


Students receiving their bachelor's degree are required to wear a maroon cap and gown with a maroon and white tassel. Bachelor's regalia is not available for rent.

Master's & Specialist

Students receiving their master's or specialist degree are required to wear a black cap, a gown (which has different sleeves from a bachelor's gown), an all-maroon tassel, and a velveteen hood in the color of their degree. Master's regalia is not available for rent.


Those receiving their doctorate degree will wear a black doctoral robe, a velvet hood, a gold tassel, and a velveteen hood in the color of their degree. Doctorate regalia is not available for rent.

Ordering information

  • Purchase your cap and gown at the bookstore or online. 
  • Announcements can be shipped to your home address. Please allow 10-15 business days for announcement production and delivery time.
  • If you are not able to attend the Graduation Celebration, you can still purchase a cap and gown at the bookstore. 
  • On Graduation Day, caps and gowns are sold at Hammons Student Center, one hour prior to your ceremony.
  • Pay by credit card, check, cash or by student charge at the bookstore. 
  • All orders must be paid in full when order is placed.
  • Honors cordons/stoles will be provided by the University at Hammons Student Center, the day of Commencement.