background image
  • Graduation FAQ

Records Office

  •  
  • Graduation FAQ

    Fall Semester 2014 Commencement Schedule
    Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse

    12:00 p.m. | Lineup & Announcements
    1:00-3:00 p.m. | Ceremony

     

    When and where are the commencement ceremonies held? 

    Fall 2014 commencement exercises are scheduled for Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse is located at: 1711 Sixth Ave South, Moorhead, MN 56563. A reception will be held for graduates, families and friends immediately following the ceremony. 

    How do I know what college I am in?

    Please check the attached list of Majors by College

    When is rehearsal? 

    There is no formal rehearsal.  You must arrive by 12:00 noon. Arrive dressed in your cap and gown. Pick up your commencement card at the check-in table and go to Nemzek 113 for lineup and instructions.  

    How do we get information about the commencement ceremony and events? Do I have to inform anyone that I plan to participate in the commencement ceremony? 

    A letter with information for undergraduate candidates will be mailed four weeks prior to commencement to the local address or other address as indicated by the student on their
    APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION, which they have submitted to the Records Office.

    Candidates for graduation are reminded to return the commencement reservation card by the deadline indicated in the letter. Only those who return the commencement reservation card will be given a seat assignment to participate in the ceremony.

    Graduates are responsible for informing their family and friends. Formal announcements can be purchased through the University Bookstore.

    Are guest tickets required for the commencement ceremony?

    Tickets/guest passes are not required for attendance at the ceremony. We ask that you limit your guests to six.  

    How long does the commencement ceremony last? 

    The program should last between an hour and a half to two hours. All graduates and guests are expected to remain seated for the entire program. 

    How do I get a cap and gown for the ceremony? 

    The letter mailed four weeks prior to commencement will provide information regarding cost details. Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore. Graduates who are in exchange programs, student teaching or interning out of town can go to the Bookstore’s website or call the Bookstore (218.477.2111) to place an order. You can pick up items at the Bookstore any time on, or before, commencement morning.

    The Bookstore will hold “Grad Days” in November. This is an excellent time to purchase all your graduation needs. Information about “Grad Days” will be sent to everyone who has completed their Application for Graduation.

    Master’s, Specialist and Doctorial candidates purchase hoods according to their degree program. The hoods should be delivered to Karla Wenger in the Graduate Studies Office, Lommen Hall 107, no later than 48 hours before Commencement.

    Graduating with honors? 

    If a graduate meets the requirements, those honors will be indicated in the printed commencement program and read along with the graduate's name during the ceremony. Those graduates will purchase their honor cord at the Bookstore when they pick up their cap and gown.

    In order to qualify for graduating with honors, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at MSU Moorhead. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 – 3.59 will graduate Cum Laude; 3.60 – 3.79 will graduate Magna Cum Laude; and students earning 3.80 – 4.00 will graduate Summa Cum Laude.

    Honors designation is determined by your current cumulative GPA. Once all grades are in for the Fall 2014 semester, your final GPA will determine your official honors. Your final honors will be noted on your diploma and your academic record (transcript).

    Cum Laude graduates will wear white honor cords, Magna Cum Laude graduates will wear red honor cords and Summa Cum Laude graduates will wear red & white honor cords. 

    Are diplomas presented at the commencement ceremony? 

    You will not receive an actual diploma at the commencement ceremony. You will receive a holder for you to place your diploma in after you receive it by mail. Your diploma will be mailed to you after grades are finalized and your graduation is confirmed by the Records Office. Diplomas are mailed approximately 8 weeks after graduation. 

    What if a graduate or guest needs special assistance to participate? 

    Graduates or guests requiring special accommodations to march in the ceremony should contact Kathleen McNabb, Commencement Coordinator, at 218.477.2243 prior to commencement. All facilities are accessible.  

    What parking is available? 

    Parking will be open in all university lots on commencement day. Lots will not be ticketed the day of the ceremony. Street parking will be available as posted.  

    How do I find out about local lodging for my guests? 

    Check out local lodging and restaurant listings at the F-M Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site

    Will there be a news release to my hometown newspaper? 

    University Marketing & Communications will send a news release announcing your graduation to your hometown newspaper.  

    Can I prevent my name from appearing in the commencement program or being released to newspapers in an announcement of graduates? 

    Please contact Shawn Soderberg in the Records Office (Owens 104).  

    Will there be a professional photographer? 

    A professional photographer will take your picture as you shake hands with the President. Proofs will be mailed to your permanent address about two weeks after the ceremony. You will be able to order online at www.gradimages.com or call 1.800.261.2576.  

    What if I need to change my graduation date to a later semester? 

    Please contact the Shawn Soderberg in the Records Office (Owens 104) to change your graduation to a future term. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and the office telephone number is 218.477.2566. 

    What if I have additional questions about my graduation and/or the commencement ceremony? 

    Please contact Shawn Soderberg in the Records Office (Owens 104). Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and the office telephone number is 218.477.2566. You may also email questions to: soderbrg@mnstate.edu

    Majors by College