Graduation & Commencement Expo

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
      9:00 am – 1:30 pm
    • Saturday, February 29, 2020
      9:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • New Main
    403 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul

    New Main

    Information about Metropolitan State University's New Main building location.
Grad Expo poster and sign

Graduation & Commencement Expo is the one-stop event that will allow graduates to purchase regalia (caps, gowns, tassels, invitations, class rings, etc.), take professional graduation photos, and connect to resources like Alumni Relations, Graduate Programs, Career Services, Veteran's Services and much more.

The expo allows students to complete a number of Commencement-related tasks, including:

  • Purchase cap and gown. Purchases can be made with cash, credit card or checks made payable to Herff Jones. Note that the price of the cap and gown increases as commencement nears, because the supplier must rush the order for customers to receive it on time. Go to the Regalia Form Packet (PDF) packet for more information on ordering from Herff Jones.
  • Purchase generic Commencement invitations or order personalized invitations.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of these centralized services. Those unable to attend Graduation & Commencement Expo, will be able to order regalia through Herff-Jones by completing the Regalia Form Packet. Diploma covers and frames can be ordered through our supplier Framing Success.

Custom regalia (stoles or caps) can be purchased through Herff Jones or through different departments on campus. Regalia must be approved by Student Life & Leadership Development. To have your stoles or caps approved, please contact:

Requesting to participate in Commencement

Please work with your academic advisor to fill out the appropriate paperwork to ensure that you are able to register for the D2L Brightspace Graduation Workshop. Once you have been approved to graduate, you will be added to the D2L Brightspace Commencement Workshop.

Students can request to participate in Commencement until Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.


Each student participating in Commencement will receive 7 tickets. Once a student has been added to the D2L Brightspace Commencement Workshop, they will receive tickets for Commencement.

Students who are added to the Commencement Workshop before Sunday, October 27, 2019 will receive their tickets via mail (USPS) and should update their permanent address in e-Services to ensure their tickets arrive to the appropriate residence.

Any tickets returned via mail (USPS) can be picked up at Gateway Student Services on the First Floor of Founders Hall on the St. Paul Campus. If Student Life & Leadership Development receives returned tickets, they will email Commencement Participants via their Metropolitan State University address (Star ID) when the tickets are available for pick up.

Students who are granted approval to graduate can be added to the Commencement Workshop until Sunday, December 1, 2019. Students who submit their intention to participate in Commencement between October 27, 2019 and December 1, 2019 will be notified by Student Life & Leadership Development when their tickets are ready to be picked up. Tickets can be picked up at Gateway Student Services on the First Floor of Founders Hall on the St. Paul Campus. Tickets must be picked up by Friday, December 13, 2019 at 12pm.

Student Life & Leadership Development understands that some students need more than 7 tickets. If you are a student looking for additional Commencement tickets or have extra tickets you’d like to offer your peers, you can post on the Commencement Ticket Discussion Board on D2L Brightspace in the Graduation Workshop beginning in November.

If students do not receive additional tickets, there will be a livestream of the Commencement Ceremony online. This can be accessed the day of Commencement by going to the Metropolitan State University website:

There will be overflow seating outside of the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium and the livestream will be available in this location as well. Guests without tickets will be allowed into the auditorium to fill any remaining seats 15 minutes after the ceremony has begun, which often immediately follows the processional of the graduates.


Contact the Center for Accessibility Resources by email, or by phone at 651-793-1549, if you need disability-related accessibility accommodations, including parking.