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 graduation@metrostate.edu.

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.

Questions?

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 graduation@metrostate.edu.

 

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.

Graduation is the process of a student completing their academic requirements at Metropolitan State University- which involves coursework and acquiring the number of credits needed to confer a degree. The Registrar’s Office facilitates the student graduation process.

Commencement activities include events that celebrate a student’s graduation from their process.

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 access regalia by completing the Regalia Form Packet.

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 is Sept. 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. For more information or questions regarding nomination and selection, please contact your academic college or school directly.

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement will be held on December 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which is located at 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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 2 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, access the commencement packet.

Requesting to participate in Commencement

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. 

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

If you are a student that would like to participate in Commencement before or after you have applied to graduate, please e-mail student.life@metrostate.edu with the following information:

  1. your name,
  2. your student ID number,
  3. your STAR ID,
  4. and the ceremony you are requesting to participate in (Fall or Spring).

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

Tickets:

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 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: www.metrostate.edu.

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.

Accessibility at Commencement

Tickets and reservations to the Commencement Ceremony are required for persons using accessibility services. 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.

Reservations, in addition to a ticket to commencement, are required for accessible seating.

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

Questions about events?

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

Upcoming graduation dates

Fall 2019

  • Graduation and Commencement Expo
  • Last day for graduates to complete the D2L Commencement Participation Quiz and have their tickets mailed. (Tickets will be available for pick-up only if completing the quiz after October 27.)
  • Deadline to submit intention to participate in Commencement via D2L
  • President's Outstanding Student Award Reception (by invitation only).
  • Last day for students to pick up their Commencement tickets from Gateway Student Services in St. Paul
  • Fall 2019 Commencement
  • Fall 2019 semester ends/graduation posting date

Spring 2020

  • Deadline for applying die Spring 2020 graduation by registering for the Graduation Requirements Workshop WKSP GRAD
  • Graduation and Commencement Expo
  • Last day for graduates to complete the D2L Commencement Participation Quiz and have their tickets mailed. (Tickets will be available for pick-up only if completing the quiz after March 1.)
  • Deadline to submit intention to participate in Commencement via D2L
  • Last day for students to pick up their Commencement tickets from Gateway Student Services in St. Paul
  • Spring 2020 Commencement
  • Spring 2020 semester ends/graduation posting date

Summer 2020

  • Deadline for registering for summer 2020 graduation

Fall 2020

  • Deadline for registering for fall 2020 graduation

Spring 2021

  • Deadline for registering for spring 2021 graduation