Graduation

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

Graduation forms

      Registration for the Graduation Requirements Workshop

      Register for the Graduation Requirements workshop, WKSP GRAD in eServices (quick add ID #000001), along with your final courses, for the semester in which you intend to graduate. Once you are enrolled in the workshop, your student account will be billed a $20 graduation fee, which can be paid through eServices.

      WKSP GRAD is an online workshop through D2L Brightspace. It contains all the information concerning graduation and the commencement ceremony.

      If you are having difficulty accessing the Graduation Requirements workshop contact the Graduation Office at graduation@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1231.

      Contact your advisor

      Contact your advisor regarding graduation planning. Your advisor finalizes your paperwork for graduation.

      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

      The $20 graduation fee includes the cost of your original diploma. Diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately 6 weeks after grades are posted.

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

      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

      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 February 22, 2019 at 9am. For more information or questions regarding nomination and selection, please contact your academic college or school directly.

      Commencement Ceremonies

      Commencement will be held on Saturday, April 27th at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which is located at 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

      The Green Ceremony will begin at 10am 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 2pm 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

      Students can request to participate in commencement by completing the Commencement Participation Survey on D2L Brightspace.

      Students can request to participate in Commencement until April 5, 2019.

      Tickets

      Each student participating in Commencement will receive 7 tickets, which can be requested through the Commencement Participation Survey on D2L Brightspace.

      Students who complete the Commencement Participation Survey before February 24, 2019 will receive their tickets via mail and should update their permanent addresses to ensure their tickets arrive to the appropriate residence.

      Any returned tickets can be picked up at Gateway Student Services on the First Floor of Founders Hall on the St. Paul Campus.

      Students who are granted approval to graduate until April 5, 2019 can submit their intention to walk in Spring 2019 Commencement. Graduating students who submit their intention to participate in Commencement between February 25, 2019 and April 5, 2019 will be notified by Student Life & Leadership Development when their Commencement 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.

      SLLD understands that some students need more than 7 tickets. If you are student looking for additional Commencement tickets or have extra Commencement tickets you'd like to offer to your peers, you can communicate this on the Commencement Ticket Discussion Board on D2L Brightspace beginning in Mid-March.

      If students do not receive additional tickets, there will a livestream of the Commencement Ceremony online. There will be overflow seating outside the Minneapolis Convention Center and guests will be allowed into the auditorium to fill any remaining seats 15 minutes after the ceremony has begun.

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

      Upcoming graduation dates

      Spring 2019


      • Deadline for students to submit the Commencement Participation Survey on D2L

      • Last day for students to pick up their Commencement tickets from Gateway Student Services in St. Paul

      • 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

      • Fall 2019 Commencement

      Spring 2020


      • Deadline for registering for spring 2020 graduation

      • Grad Expo