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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

Wed, Nov 25, 2020 Last day of in-person classes for fall semester
Fri, Dec 11, 2020 Second half and full semester, last day of classes
Mon, Dec 14, 2020 Final exams for fall semester (thru 12/18/20)

Graduation

Fri, Dec 18, 2020 Undergraduate degree conferral date for fall semester
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