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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, Dec 6, 2019 Second half and full semester, last day of classes
Mon, Dec 9, 2019 Final exams for fall semester (thru 12/13/19)
Wed, Jan 15, 2020 First half and full semester classes begin

Graduation

Fri, Nov 1, 2019 November graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)
Sun, Dec 1, 2019 December graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)
Fri, Dec 13, 2019 Undergraduate degree conferral date for fall semester