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Graduation checklist for grad students

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 and 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 Academic Affairs Office. Fall semester graduates may participate in either Spring commencement ceremonies before or after degree completion. Visit the UMD Commencement page for additional information.

Confirm your degree information and submit your Commencement RSVP by the deadline.

Important Dates

Academics

Fri, Feb 12, 2021 First 5-week session classes end
Mon, Feb 15, 2021 Second 5-week session classes begin
Fri, Mar 5, 2021 First half semester classes end

Graduation

Fri, Mar 5, 2021 Last day to apply to graduate for spring or summer 2021 undergraduate degree candidates
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 Last day to RSVP for the spring 2021 commencement ceremony
Sat, May 8, 2021 Commencement ceremony