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2020 Commencement


President Gabel has announced a postponement of all spring 2020 graduation ceremonies systemwide.  The safety of our students, their families, as well as our UMD colleagues, is our top priority. Please know we are looking for alternatives and will update the website as soon as possible.

Students must continue to apply for graduation in the normal manner. Students who meet the requirements for graduation will have their degrees awarded, and will receive their diplomas. Only the actual commencement ceremony scheduled for May 2020 is being postponed.

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

Students who anticipate completing all degree requirements by the end of Fall 2020 are eligible to walk, with program approval. Please consult with your program advisor and Director of Graduate Studies if you wish to participate, but will not have completed all degree requirements by the end of May 2020.

UMD Commencement 2020 is scheduled for 
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - postponed - please continue to RSVP, however, so that we can keep in touch about alternative arrangements.

Requirements and deadlines

Please confirm your degree information for the printed Commencement Program, and complete the Commencement RSVP form online, even if you do not intend to participate. This is the only way we will know whether or not you plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, and for your name to appear in the printed Commencement program, so please take a few minutes to complete this important step.

Friday, March 20, 2020 is the deadline to RSVP for Commencement. 

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

  • The UMD Graduation Fair will be held on March 19, 2020 in the Kirby Ballroom. Save 20% in person or online during the Grad Fair only!
  • Students must obtain the proper academic attire at UMD Stores in order to participate in the ceremonies.
  • Purchase your cap, gown, hood, and tassel at Lower Level UMD Stores, or at the Grad Fair. Find the hood color for your degree linked here.
  • 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

Other Information

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