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.

Application for Degree Deadlines
Fall 2023
Application period opens April 13, 2023
Last day to apply without a $50 late fee August 25, 2023
Application deadline with late fee October 2, 2023
Application for Degree Deadlines
Spring 2024
Application period opens November 2023
Application deadline without a $50 late fee January 26, 2024
Application deadline with late fee March 1, 2024
Application for Degree Deadlines
Summer 2023
Application period opens April 13, 2023
Last day to apply for degree July 3, 2023
Early petition application deadline (*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 with a student submitted Application for Degree. Graduates must also register for their Graduate Pass. 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 will attend the spring ceremony.

Early Petitioner Deadlines/Process

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 from 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. The remaining credit hours must be offered in the upcoming summer schedule of classes
  5. Submit a Summer Application for Degree 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 (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 do not incur a fee. 

Future Commencement Ceremony Dates

College ceremony times will be announced at a later date.

May 10, 2024 – Graduate Ceremony
May 11, 2024 – Undergraduate Ceremony
December 13, 2024 - Graduate Ceremony
December 14, 2024 - Undergraduate Ceremony
May 9, 2025 - Graduate Ceremony
May 10, 2025 - Undergraduate Ceremony