Mid-State Technical College warmly invites you to join in the celebration of our 2017—2018 graduating class. This page provides information about our upcoming commencement as well as applying for graduation or early release for employment, the Mid-State Collaborative Program, and our follow-up graduate studies. 

If you have any questions regarding information found on this page, please contact a college experience specialist at 888.575.6782.

Graduation Commencement Dates

  • May 17, 2018
    • Marshfield Campus - 7:00 p.m. at Hotel Marshfield – Grand Ballroom (2700 S Central Ave)
    • Stevens Point Campus - 7:00 p.m. at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center (1015 Reserve Street)
    • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - 7:00 p.m. in the campus gymnasium (Building E)
    • Nursing - Pinning ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the Wisconsin Rapids campus gymnasium

General Information about the Commencement Ceremony

Applying to Graduate

Mid-State is authorized by the Wisconsin Technical College System to grant associate degrees and technical diplomas. The graduation date is determined for an individual student by the completion date of all program requirements and the requirements listed below. To be eligible for a diploma or degree from Mid-State, a student must fulfill the following requirements to graduate:

  1. Apply and be accepted into the program from which the student intends to graduate.
  2. Satisfactorily complete all curriculum graduation requirements with a program GPA of 2.0 or above. Please note: Some programs may have additional GPA requirements. Students should contact their academic advisor for additional information.
  3. Satisfactory completion of 10-890-102 GPS for Student Success (beginning with 2017-2018 admission).
  4. Technical diploma students must complete a minimum of 25% of their program’s occupational specific courses at Mid-State. Associate degree students must complete a minimum of 25% of their program’s technical studies courses at Mid-State.
  5. Petition to graduate by using the graduation card or MyMSTC student online services prior to the graduation date on which the student intends to graduate.
  6. Students may participate in the May commencement if they are scheduled to complete coursework by the end of the summer session. If coursework goes beyond summer, they are eligible to participate in the following December commencement.
  7. Diplomas are mailed to the student’s home address on file approximately four weeks after the semester ends or final grades are assigned, whichever is later. All college financial obligations must be met to receive a credential or transcript.

Graduating with Honors

Honor lists include students graduating from associate degree and technical diploma programs who have earned high academic levels as outlined below. Students graduating with honors are recognized with honor cords based on program GPA through the semester preceding the final semester. Final semester grades will be included in the program GPA calculation if course end dates occur prior to December 1 for the fall semester or May 1 for the spring semester.

The Office of Student Records will determine program GPA for all Mid-State graduates. A final program GPA will be determined and noted on the official transcript once all grades for the final semester have been submitted. Honor cords may be purchased at campus bookstores for a nominal fee:

Graduation with Distinction (Gold Cord): 3.75–4.00 GPA
Graduation with High Honors (Silver Cord): 3.50–3.74 GPA
Graduation with Honors (Bronze Cord): 3.25–3.49 GPA

Early Release for Employment

“Student early release” is a procedure whereby a potential graduate of one of Mid-State’s programs may be permitted to terminate his/her attendance at Mid-State for employment, subject to the following conditions:

  • Early release will be granted only if the employer requires the potential graduate to begin employment immediately. Students will be given early release only for full-time employment related to their training received at Mid-State.
  • Early release, if granted, cannot exceed two weeks prior to the last day of the semester. Such time will not be counted as absences.

Graduation from a Mid-State Collaborative Program

Students who are participants in a Mid-State collaborative program with another technical college—where Mid-State is the primary owner of the program—will be allowed to transfer credits from the designated collaborating college and have those transfer credits and grades posted to their Mid-State transcript for calculation into their program GPA. Students participating in such a program and completing all program requirements toward graduation will be listed as a Mid-State graduate.

Follow-Up Studies of Graduates

Mid-State is required by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) to perform graduate follow-up studies at intervals of one year and five years. Every five years the WTCS performs an employer follow-up survey to measure the employer satisfaction with WTCS graduates. This allows WTCS and Mid-State to maintain important statistics regarding graduate employment and placement.

Data is collected to provide information to prospective students, high school counselors, special interest groups, and the general public. In the six months following graduation from Mid-State, a data sheet and work history records will be mailed to each graduate to complete and to return to the college for the graduate follow-up study. Phone calls are placed to graduates who do not return the surveys. This is done in an effort to obtain the most accurate information possible.