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Graduate Commencement

graduate students receiving their diplomas

It's your day!

Commencement is a celebration of all you have accomplished. Participation is highly recommended!

Commencement Date May 8, 2021 Format TBD

2021 Commencement

Watch your University email, this page, or the UMD Commencement page for information related to plans for this year's Commencement Ceremony. 

Requirements and deadlines

Friday, March 19, 2020 is the deadline to submit the Commencement Questionnaire. Regardless of the format of this year's ceremony, a program recognizing all graduates will be printed, so be sure to submit the Questionnaire. Please contact the Grad Office at with any questions.

Graduation requirements

  • Visit our degree progress and completion page to be sure you are on track for graduation.
  • Apply to Graduate online through your MyU Portal by the first day of the month in which you intend to complete all degree requirements. Note:  This is NOT the same as the Commencement RSVP above. Applying to graduate is a separate step. You must apply to graduate through MyU to get your degree. 

Individual programs may have additional requirements for degree completion. Please check with your program office.

Additional notes for those participating in Commencement Ceremonies

  • Save 20% at the Grad Fair. Date TBA.
  • Participating Doctoral degree students can find more information about doctoral regalia linked here.
  • Participating Master's degree students can find more information about master's regalia linked here.
  • ***NOTE: When ordering Graduation Hoods, please include your Discipline/Degree in the comments area.***
  • If you have any questions about the proper regalia and deadlines by which regalia must be ordered, please contact UMD Stores.
  • More details regarding Commencement are available on the UMD Commencement Information page
  • Questions? Contact the UMD Graduate School Office at (218) 726-7523, or email If you are an undergraduate student (bachelor's degree), contact

Other Information

Visit the One Stop Student Services website for information on the following: