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
Talk to your faculty advisor(s) and Graduate Program Coordinator to ensure you are on track with programmatic degree completion requirements.
Applying to graduate
Online exit counseling is required of all borrowers of federal and University-administered student loan programs. You will be provided information about the rights and responsibilities of a borrower, and how different financial aid programs handle repayment.
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.
|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)|
|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|