The Process

Nearly all families say it’s important for their student to graduate within four years. While individual circumstances and unplanned circumstances can interrupt that four-year plan, the University provides multiple support systems and policies that promote four-year graduation plans, including how to graduate in four years, degree planning graduation planner, and graduation checklists and deadlines.

The Ceremony

Each college at the University has its own commencement ceremony. Information on each individual college’s commencement ceremony details including date, time, location can be found on the college's website.

Information regarding RSVPing for graduation, steps that need to be taken in order to ensure graduation & ordering caps and gowns will be sent out in an email at the beginning of each semester to all students scheduled to graduate that semester. Visit University Bookstores for caps and gowns and announcements or attend GradFest, the U of M's official "one-stop" source for graduation information, services and products. GradFest is a great way to save time, and money while preparing for commencement and life after college.

Students will receive information about how to obtain photos taken during the commencement ceremony. For questions, they can contact their college.

University Traditions

Read all about University of Minnesota traditions, including why our colors are maroon and gold and why the Gopher is our mascot.

Students should receive graduation information by email. The information listed for the following colleges and their websites is mostly for students, but it will provide you with a date and some of the information you may be looking for.