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Apply for Degree

All undergraduate and graduate students must submit their degree application online through myNMSU. Students are advised to complete a final STAR degree audit and verify with an academic adviser that all requirements are in progress, before submission of application. The application deadlines are not flexible and late applications will not be accepted.

Students who fail to meet graduation requirements by the date indicated on the Application for Degree (Diploma) must reapply and pay fees again. Changes to applications must be submitted by email to early in the semester.

Fall 2022-Deadlines
Application period opens April 14, 2022
Application deadline without a $50 late fee August 26, 2022
Application deadline with late fee October 3, 2022
Spring 2023-Deadlines
Application period opens November 10, 2022
Application deadline without a $50 late fee January 27, 2023
Application deadline with late fee March 1, 2023
Summer 2023-Deadlines
Application period opens TBD
Last day to apply July 3, 2023
Early Petition (*Undergraduates Only) March 1, 2023

Attendance at the Commencement Ceremony

The academic colleges will confirm the students eligibility to participate in the commencement ceremony that is held at the close of the fall and spring semesters. Eligible candidates who are in the process of completing their final degree requirements and degree recipients from the previous summer session will participate in the fall ceremony. Students who are in the process of completing their final degree requirements in the spring must attend the spring ceremony. However, Bachelor degree candidates that wish to participate in a spring commencement, prior to completing degree requirements in summer school may do so if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Receive permission the Dean of their college
  2. Show a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0
  3. Only need 12 or fewer credit hours to complete their degree requirements
  4. These remaining credit hours must be offered in the upcoming summer schedule of classes
  5. Submit a degree application and Early Commencement Participation Petition(available in the Dean’s office) by the last day to apply for a degree in the spring semester.

Completing the Online Application

Log in in to myNMSU. Under the Student Records Tab you will find the Application for Degree (Diploma). Follow the on screen prompts to submit your application. Each submission will incur a degree application fee, as follows.

Degree Application Fees

The Degree Application cannot be waived, refunded or carried to a future semester. Each application submission will incur an additional fee. If degree requirements are not completed during the semester/ session the student originally applied for, the student must then reapply and pay the appropriate fees.
The late fee to apply after the initial deadline is an additional $50 fee.

  • $35 for undergraduate main campus degrees (Associates and Bachelors)
  • $45 for graduate degrees (Masters and Doctoral)

If you incur any problems filling out your degree application, please contact or 575-646-4796.

Community College Associate and Certificate applications for degree incur different degree fees.

Future Commencement Ceremony Dates

College ceremony times will be announced at a later date.

May 12, 2023 – Graduate Ceremony
May 13, 2023 – Undergraduate Ceremony
December 8, 2023 – Graduate Ceremony
December 9, 2023 – Undergraduate Ceremony
May 10, 2024 – Graduate Ceremony
May 11, 2024 – Undergraduate Ceremony