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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, Jul 2, 2021 First 7-week summer session last day of classes
Fri, Jul 2, 2021 First half summer session last day of classes
Tue, Jul 6, 2021 Second half summer sessions begin

Graduation

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Degree conferral date for summer semester 2021
Fri, Dec 17, 2021 Undergraduate degree conferral date for fall semester
Fri, Mar 18, 2022 Last day to RSVP for the spring 2022 commencement ceremony