Graduation & Commencement

  • Fall Semester 2018 Commencement

    Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Ceremony at 1 p.m.
    Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse
    1711 6th Ave. S., Moorhead, MN 56563

    Can’t attend the ceremony? View the live stream.

  • Graduation Checklist

    1. Print the graduation application and degree audit, then schedule a meeting with your academic advisor.
    2. Obtain required signatures and submit the form to the Registrar’s Office.
    1. In eServices, go to Academic Records > Degree Audit Report > click on degree program link to view/print audit.
    2. Your degree audit needs to show ALL requirements completed (in progress courses used).
    3. All Course Exception Forms should be submitted and processed in the Registrar’s Office.
    4. Degree requirements include:
      • LASC requirements complete (includes 42 credits, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA)
      • Writing intensive requirements complete
      • First Year Experience requirement complete (waived for transfer students)
      • Major/Program requirements complete (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA — some majors require a higher minimum GPA)
      • 40 credits of upper division courses complete (300-400 level)
      • 30 residency credits must be completed at MSUM
      • At least 120 credits successfully completed toward degree
    5. Graduation with Honors (60 MSUM credit minimum. Honors only apply to first degree.)
      • Cum Laude 3.4-3.59 GPA
      • Magna Cum Laude 3.6-3.79 GPA
      • Summa Cum Laude 3.8-4.0 GPA
    1. Information along with a participation card will be mailed one month prior to date of commencement.
    2. If you plan on participating in the commencement ceremony, you must return the completed participation card to the Registrar’s Office.
    3. If participating in the ceremony, purchase your commencement regalia (cap, gown, tassel) through the MSUM Bookstore. If graduating with honors, also purchase an honor cord.
    1. Completed the Curriculum Worksheet with all required signatures and Student Teaching/Practicum Planner.
    2. MTLE Basic Skills (Reading, Writing, Math) OR ACT Plus Writing OR SAT with Writing test scores
    3. MTLE Pedagogy and Content Test Scores for specific licensure area
    4. MDE Fingerprint Card
    5. Completion of online MN Department of Education Application and submit online payment within 30 days of graduation. After submission, you must provide MDE Licensure Application Cover Page AND MDE Verification of Completion of a State Approved Licensure Program Form.
    6. See all teacher licensure information teacher licensure information.
    1. Confirm your permanent address in eServices. This is where diplomas will be sent about eight weeks after graduation.
    2. Check for holds in eServices. Diplomas will not be sent if you have past due balance holds.
    3. Confirm your legal name in eServices. This is what will print on your diploma.
    4. Your major will not print on your diploma; only name and type of degree (BA, BS, BFA)
    5. If you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you may pick up a diploma cover in the Registrar’s Office.
    6. Additional diplomas can be ordered online for $10 each.

    Official MSUM transcripts must be requested through the National Student Clearinghouse.