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Graduation checklist for undergrads

Before you complete your degree and graduate, you’ll need to be prepared. Knowing what your degree requirements are and if you are fulfilling them, when to complete your Application for Degree, and talking to your advisor will help you prepare for the final steps of your academic experience at the University of Minnesota.

Preparing to graduate

Applying to graduate

Commencement & after

Commencement is your graduation ceremony. Program-specific graduation events are coordinated by either the department and/or college. UMD Commencement celebration activities for graduate and undergraduate students, and their families are coordinated by the Alumni Office. Visit the UMD Commencement page for additional information.

Watch for an invitation to your campus graduation fair in spring. Find additional information about and purchase commencement regalia through the University Bookstore.

Important Dates


Fri, Dec 9, 2016 Last day of fall semester classes
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 Final exams for fall semester (thru 12/16/16)
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 Spring semester 2017 begins


Fri, Mar 31, 2017 Last day to submit a May 2017 Commencement Questionnaire
Sat, May 6, 2017 Commencement