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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

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 Full and second half semester last day of spring classes
Mon, Jun 4, 2018 First half and regular summer sessions begin
Wed, Jun 27, 2018 First 7-week and first half summer session last day of classes

Graduation

Fri, May 4, 2018 Undergraduate degree conferral date for spring
Sat, May 5, 2018 Commencement
Fri, Jun 1, 2018 Degree conferral date for May session