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Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is the official confirmation of the completion of all degree requirements, as maintained on your degree audit report, and is recorded on your official transcript, both of which are administered by the Registrar's Office.

Commencement is a formal event, held twice annually (spring and fall), to celebrate and recognize the milestone of completing (or the anticipated completion of) a program or degree for a respective group of students. Participation in commencement is optional and does not confirm completion of degree requirements. Commencement activities (Commencement Expo, President’s Outstanding Student Awards, and Commencement) are facilitated by Student Life & Leadership Development.

Applying to Graduate Requires Registration for the Graduation Requirements Workshop

In order to apply for graduation, you must register in eServices for the Graduation Requirements Workshop, WKSP GRAD, (along with your final courses within the semester in which you intend to graduate). WKSP GRAD is an online workshop through D2L Brightspace. It contains all the information concerning graduation and a quiz where you can select your intention regarding commencement participation.

If you missed the deadline to self-register for the Graduation Requirements Workshop, please complete the Appeal to Graduate Past Deadline form below.

Once you are enrolled in the workshop, your student account will be billed a $20 graduation fee, payable through eServices, which covers the cost of your original diploma.

If you are having difficulty accessing the Graduation Requirements workshop please contact the Graduation Office at

Honors eligibility

The honors designations for undergraduate degrees and the respective cumulative GPA required for each are as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 or higher
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.800 to 3.899
  • Cum Laude: 3.700 to 3.799

To qualify for an honors designation, undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 30 upper division credits in graded (A–F courses) at Metropolitan State University. The cumulative GPA is calculated on the basis of all graded courses taken at Metropolitan State University.

For more information on graduation with honors, please view the University Procedure #252.

Your diploma

Diplomas are mailed to graduates’ permanent mailing address approximately 6 weeks after grades are posted. Any holds on any of your MN State accounts may delay receipt of your diploma package.

Updates to your permanent mailing address can be made through eServices.

To request a duplicate diploma, complete the Duplicate or Delayed Diploma Request Form.


If you have questions regarding your eligibility for graduation, please contact your advisor.

If you have questions about the Graduation Requirements Workshop, diplomas, or degree posting, please contact the Graduation Office at

Commencement Activities

Student Life and Leadership Development, the Registrar's Office, and many other departments partner closely to provide graduates with a memorable and positive experience as they complete their academic journeys at Metropolitan State.

Commencement activities for undergraduate and graduate students include the Commencement Expo, President's Outstanding Student Awards Reception, and Commencement Ceremony.

Student Life and Leadership Development facilitates all Commencement activities events.

President's Outstanding Student Awards Reception

Each semester, academic units select one outstanding graduating student to be recognized as the President's Outstanding Student Awards Reception. Undergraduate students can be nominated by faculty, staff, other students, or self-nominate each semester. The President's Outstanding Student Awards reception is by invitation, and allows for each of the academic units to celebrate the academic and co-curricular achievements of the impeccable students at the university.

Graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) can self-nominate or communicate with their faculty or academic advisor for consideration to receive their college or school’s President’s Outstanding Student Award. The deadline for nomination will be available in the Commencement D2L workshop and on the Academic Calendar. For more information or questions regarding nomination and selection, please contact your academic college or school directly.

Commencement Ceremonies:

The Fall 2021 Commencement will be held held in person at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis. Due to COVID-19 it is our priority to keep you, your families and our community safe. Therefore, masks are required for all attending and participating in the ceremonies. Additionally, we have divided the ceremonies into two days, Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11.

The Friday, Dec. 10 Ceremonies will be:
2 p.m. start—School of Urban Education, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Individualized Studies
6 p.m. start—College of Management

The Saturday, Dec. 11 Ceremonies will be:
10:30 a.m. start—College of Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
2:30 p.m. start—College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

To access more information about Commencement, including ceremony details, regalia information, and more, please access the Commencement Packet:

Fall 2021 Commencement Packet (PDF)

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 registered for the Graduation Requirements Workshop, WKSP GRAD, please complete the Commencement Participation Quiz to indicate your intention of participating in commencement. You will then be added to the Commencement Workshop, WKSP CMNC. Once you are enrolled in the Commencement Workshop, you are RSVP’d for Commencement. 

The deadline to request to participate in Fall Commencement is Sept. 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. Students must be enrolled in the Commencement workshop by this date to participate in the ceremonies, as the ceremonies are pre-recorded for accessibility and production purposes. 

To request to participate in Commencement, students may email with their name, STAR ID, program, major, and college. 

Accessibility at Commencement

Virtual commencement will include captioning and ASL interpreting, and live commencement, should that take place, will include ASL interpreting.

For accessibility-related accommodations, contact:

Ordering your Cap, Gown, and Tassel

Students can order their cap, gown, tassel, and other commencement-related items from Herff Jones at 

Regalia is not required for virtual commencement, but should be ordered before Oct. 31, 2021, to receive it before your Fall 2021 Commencement.

If you have questions about regalia, including returns/exchanges, please contact and Herff Jones will help you with your questions/inquiries. 

Questions about events?

For any questions regarding the Graduation & Commencement Expo, President's Outstanding Student Awards Reception, or commencement ceremonies, contact

Important dates

Fall 2021

  • President’s Outstanding Student Award Reception (by invitation only)
  • Last day for students to pick up Commencement wristbands from Gateway Student Services on the Saint Paul campus, Founders Hall Building for their guests (prior to 5:30pm).
  • Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremonies for School of Urban Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Individualized Studies and College of Management
  • Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremonies for College of Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

Spring 2022

  • Spring 2022 graduation registration deadline for the Graduation Requirements Workshop (WKSP GRAD)
  • Graduation and Commencement Expo
  • Graduation posting date