College of Arts, Media & Communication, College of Business & Innovation, College of Humanities & Social Sciences8:00 a.m. | Lineup & Announcements9:00-10:30 a.m. | Ceremony
College of Education & Human Services, College of Science, Health & the Environment1:00 p.m. Lineup & Announcements 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Ceremony
Spring 2014 commencement exercises are scheduled for Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse is located at: 1711 Sixth Ave South, Moorhead, MN 56563.
Please check the attached list of Majors by College.
There is no formal rehearsal. If you are commencing in the morning you must arrive by 8:00. If you are commencing in the afternoon, you must arrive by 1:00. 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.
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.
Tickets/guest passes are not required for attendance at the ceremony. We ask that you limit your guests to six.
The program should last about 1 ½ hours. All graduates and guests are expected to remain seated for the entire program.
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 March. 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.
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 Spring 2014 semester, you 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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out local lodging and restaurant listings at the F-M Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site.
University Marketing & Communications will send a news release announcing your graduation to your hometown newspaper.
Please contact Shawn Soderberg in the Records Office (Owens 104).
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Majors by College