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graduating students during the commencement ceremony

Graduation Day

Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degree Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 11, 2019
The Commencement ceremonies are not held on campus, they are in AMSOIL Arena which is at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) located in downtown Duluth.


We encourage all graduating students to mark this milestone and celebrate your extraordinary achievement,  by participating in Commencement.

This is a day memories are made; it is a time for recognition of your accomplishments.  

We look forward to congratulating all 2019 graduates and welcoming you into the University of Minnesota Duluth Alumni family.  

Key Deadline Dates 2018 - 2019 Academic Year

March 8 - Last day to file spring undergraduate application for degree Undergraduate Student Graduation Checklist 

March 8 - Last day to RSVP for all students to participate in May 2019 Commencement

March 21 - Grad Fair Kirby Ballroom This is the only day to purchase your commencement regalia at a 20% discount

May 2 - Grad Party

May 11 - Commencement

*The first day of each month is the deadline for graduate and professional students to file an application for degree. Graduate Student Graduation Checklist

Commencement Ceremony times

10:00 AM ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering 

3:00 PM ceremony for the College of Education and Human Service Professions, Labovitz School of Business and Economics and the School of Fine Arts 

No guest tickets are required.

Photographers from GradImages are at both commencement ceremonies. You may order online at GradImages or call 800-261-2576.


UMD holds a commencement ceremony in the spring only.  Any student who has completed course work to receive a degree for the 2018 - 2019 academic year is eligible to participate in the ceremony.  Additionally, 2019 fall semester graduates may participate in the 2019 spring ceremony or the 2020 spring ceremony.

RSVP to Commencement
Applying to graduate DOES NOT automatically RSVP you to participate in commencement.

In addition to applying, you must also complete the Commencement Questionnaire where you will RSVP and confirm you will be in attendance, tell us how to pronounce your name and tell us if YOU need special assistance.

If you missed the deadline to RSVP to Commencement and you are an undergraduate student, contact; if you are a graduate student contact

Future expected commencement days:

May 9, 2020

May 9, 2021

May 7, 2022

May 6, 2023

May 4, 2024

May 10, 2025

May 9, 2026

May 8, 2027

May 6, 2028