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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, Aug 23, 2019 Second 7-week and full summer session last day of classes
Mon, Aug 26, 2019 Fall semester 2019 begins
Mon, Aug 26, 2019 First half semester and full semester begin

Graduation

Fri, Aug 23, 2019 Degree conferral date for summer semester 2019
Sun, Sep 1, 2019 September graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)
Tue, Oct 1, 2019 October graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)