Graduation

Metropolitan State University recognizes how the moment of graduation is the result of hard work, sacrifices and dedication.

Graduation and commencement forms

      Take the Graduation Requirements Workshop

      Register with your regular courses through eServices (quick add ID #000001). In addition, register for the graduation workshop, WKSP GRAD-Graduation Requirements, for the semester you intend to graduate. Once you are enrolled in the workshop, your student account will automatically be billed the $20 graduation fee, which can also be paid through eServices.*

      WKSP GRAD is an online workshop through Brightspace. It contains all the information concerning the commencement ceremony and graduation in general. We estimate it will take about 30 minutes to read through the material.

      If you are having difficulty accessing the workshop (WKSP GRAD), contact the Graduation Coordinator at graduation@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1231.

      Contact your advisor

      Contact your advisor regarding graduation planning. Your advisor finalizes your paperwork for graduation. Refer to the academic calendar to see the last day to register for the graduation workshop.

      Honors eligibility

      The honors designations and the cumulative GPA required to achieve them 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. The cumulative GPA is calculated on the basis of all graded courses taken at Metropolitan State.

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

      Your diploma

      The $20 graduation fee also covers the cost of your diploma. Diplomas are mailed to graduates 4-5 weeks after the end of the semester.

      If necessary, you can update your mailing address through eServices. If you no longer have access, send an email request from your university mailbox to graduation@metrostate.edu.

      To request a duplicate diploma, complete the Duplicate Diploma Request Form. Do not use this form to request your original diploma.

      Questions?

      Graduation FAQs - Ask Us!

      Commencement activities

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

      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.

      Grad Expo

      This is the one-stop event that will allow graduates to purchase regalia, take professional graduation photos, and connect to resources like Alumni Relations, Graduate Programs, Career Services, Veteran's Services and much more. 

      Commencement tickets can be requested in the D2L Brightspace Graduation workshop and will be mailed to graduating students or can be picked up at Gateway Student Services on the First Floor of Founders Hall on the St. Paul Campus.

      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.

      Commencement ceremonies

      There are two commencement ceremonies each year: one in fall and one in spring. During commencement, students, their families and friends, faculty, staff and community members come together to recognize the momentous occasion of graduation for the university's graduate and undergraduate students.

      Accessibility at commencement

      Accommodation requests should be submitted to the Center for Accessibility Resources at least one month prior to the commencement ceremony. Requests should include:

      • The graduate's full name and student ID number
      • Daytime phone number
      • Number of accessible seats needed
      • Accommodation request (for example, wheelchair accessible seating, sign language interpreter, closed captions, and so on)
      • Events for which you're requesting the accommodation

      Tickets to the commencement ceremony are required for persons using accessibility services.

      Reservations, in addition to a ticket to commencement, are required for accessible seating. Accessible seating is limited and available only for people with disabilities and one companion. While every effort is made to seat everyone in your party together, limited space means we cannot guarantee it.

      Arrive to each event at least 30 minutes before the start to ensure accommodations are met.

      Questions about events?

      For any questions regarding the Grad Expo, President's Outstanding Student Awards Reception or Commencement ceremony, contact student.life@metrostate.edu.

      Upcoming graduation dates

      Fall 2018


      • Fall 2018 Commencement

      Spring 2019


      • Deadline for registering for spring 2019 graduation

      • Grad Expo

      • Spring 2019 Commencement

      Summer 2019


      • Deadline for registering for summer 2019 graduation

      • Summer 2019 graduation date (commencement ceremony is in December)

      Fall 2019


      • Deadline for registering for fall 2019 graduation

      Spring 2020


      • Deadline for registering for spring 2020 graduation

      • Grad Expo