Campus-wide Ceremony Held in May

U of M Crookston holds one campus-wide ceremony each year in May. Attendance at your celebration is voluntary. Commencement is a ceremonial event that includes wearing of the traditional academic cap and gown by graduates, faculty and staff. Commencement is not a certification of graduation. Your graduation date and transcript date will be different from your commencement date.


Students registered for courses that complete their degree requirements may participate in commencement exercises. This includes the student's spring term, summer session, and up to 16 credits of fall term registration.

Degree candidates must complete an electronic application for degree with the Office of the Registrar by the end of the second week of the term/semester in which degree requirements will be met.


The commencement ceremony lasts approximately one and a half to two hours. Degree candidates line up early for the ceremony. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to leave belongings with friends or family.

The presentation of degree candidates is the highlight of the event. Your family and friends are welcome to take photos during the ceremony as long as they don't disturb the enjoyment of others.

Caps and Gowns

You can purchase your cap and gown through the U of M Crookston Bookstore. Students who complete the E-Degree Application will receive information regarding the ordering of cap and gown from the UMN Crookston Bookstore at a later date.


Because it is not possible to process final grades and prepare degree lists in time to present diplomas on commencement day, your diploma will be mailed about two months after the end of the semester. All undergraduate diplomas are 8.5 x 11 inches. You may purchase covers and frames and related graduation items at the U of M Crookston Bookstore.