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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

Tue, Apr 27, 2021 Regular and second half semester, last day of spring classes
Tue, Apr 27, 2021 Third 5-week session classes end
Mon, May 3, 2021 Final exams for spring (thru 5/7/21)

Graduation

Mon, Apr 26, 2021 Last day to RSVP for the spring 2021 commencement ceremony
Sat, May 8, 2021 Commencement ceremony
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 Degree conferral date for May session