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 (Graduation & 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 Graduation & Commencement Expo, President's Outstanding Student Awards Reception, and Commencement Ceremony.

Student Life and Leadership Development facilitates all Commencement activities events.

Graduation & Commencement Expo

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.

If students were not able to attend Graduation & Commencement Expo, they can order regalia at

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

For more information about the upcoming Graduation & Commencement Expo, go to the Metro Events Calendar.

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:

Spring Commencement Postponed to Aug. 15

We have postponed the Spring Commencement from April 26, 2020 to Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremony will be online and can be accessed via the Metropolitan State University website ( on August 15, 2020.

All Commencement updates can be found in the Spring Commencement D2L Workshop ( and on the Graduation and Commencement Page ( on the Metropolitan State website.

If you would like to participate in the Aug. 15 commencement and are already registered for the Spring Commencement, you do not need to take any actions to RSVP.

If you would like to no longer participate in commencement, please contact and you will be unenrolled in the D2L workshop.

If you would like to purchase regalia, please go to the Herff Jones website ( or attend the Pop Up Regalia Shop on July 23, 2020 from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Student Center. If you have questions, contact their customer service at

If you are unable to make the July 23, 2020 Pop Up Regalia return date, please mail your regalia back with the following form filled out to the address provided on this form.

Aug. 15 Commencement Ceremony

The Aug.15 commencement will be held online and accessed via the Metropolitan State University website.

The Green Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include undergraduate and graduate students in: College of Management, College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences, and School of Urban Education.

The Red Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will include undergraduate and graduate students in: College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, College of Individualized Studies, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

To access more information about commencement, including ceremony details, regalia information, and more, please access the D2L Brightspace Commencement Workshop.

Accessibility at Commencement

Each virtual commencement ceremony will include closed captions and a sign language interpreter. For additional accommodations, please contact: or

Questions about events?

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

Important dates

Spring 2020

  • Spring 2020 Commencement (Moved to August 15)

Fall 2020

  • Deadline to apply for Fall 2020 graduation by registering for the Graduation Requirements Workshop WKSP GRAD
  • Graduation and Commencement Expo
  • Fall 2020 Commencement
  • Fall 2020 graduation posting date
  • Fall 2020 President's Outstanding Student Reception (by invitation only)

Spring 2021

  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2021 graduation by registering for the Graduation Requirements Workshop WKSP GRAD
  • Spring 2021 graduation posting date
  • Spring 2021 President's Outstanding Student Reception (by invitation only)

Summer 2020

  • Summer 2020 graduation posting date
  • Spring 2020 Commencement
  • Last day to pick up graduation tickets from gateway