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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 Questionnaire using the Commence! UMD Commencement Manager by March 1.

Important Dates

Academics

Mon, Aug 27, 2018 Fall semester 2018 begins
Mon, Aug 27, 2018 First half semester and full semester begin
Mon, Sep 10, 2018 Full semester, last day to change grading option (A-F, S-N, Audit)

Graduation

Wed, Feb 6, 2019 February graduation application deadline for graduate & professional students (monthly clearances only)
Fri, Mar 1, 2019 March graduation application deadline for graduate & professional students (monthly clearances only)
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 Last day to submit a May 2019 commencement questionnaire