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.

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.

Ordering your Cap, Gown, and Tassel

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, there will not be an in-person Graduation and Commencement Expo Event. We encourage students to purchase regalia online between Sept. 18 and Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. Please be sure to order online by Nov. 17, 2020 to have your regalia in hand by the Nov. 22, 2020 photo deadline. Regalia will be available to purchase until Dec. 4, 2020.

If you would like to purchase, please go to the Herff Jones website.

Commencement Ceremonies:

The Fall 2020 Commencement will be held on December 12, 2020. The ceremony will be virtual.

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 1:30 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:

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.

Other students who wish to participate in Commencement:

If you are a student that would like to participate in Commencement before or after you have applied to graduate, please email with the following information:

1. Your name

2. Student ID number


4. College/Program you are in

5. Ceremony you are requesting to participate in (Fall or Spring).

Any students requesting to participate in Commencement may submit their request until 2 weeks before the Commencement Ceremony.

Accessibility at Commencement

Virtual commencement will include captioning and ASL interpreting.
For accessibility-related accommodations, contact:

Questions about events?

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

Important dates

Fall 2020

  • 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)