Commencement and Graduation
For more information visit the Commencement Website
Application for Graduation
The application for graduation is available as a PDF or in paper in the School of Graduate Studies and the Records and Registration Office. The application must be completed by the deadline listed for the semester in which you plan to graduate and submitted to Records and Registration (Administrative Services 118) with the $25.00 application fee for master-level students and $35 for doctoral students. Failure to submit the application by the deadline will result in a delay in reviewing and processing your graduation.
Note: The application for graduation is valid for one term only (Fall, Spring, Summer). If you do not graduate during the application term you must reapply. No additional application fee will be required. Students should be aware however, beginning Fall 2012 all students must be registered in the term in which they intend to graduate. For more information see the policy in the Graduate Catalog.
Tools to keep you on track to graduate:
- Online graduation checklist
- Graduation Date specific deadlines to assist you in scheduling your final defense / final oral examination or comprehensive examination and submission of final documentation to the School of Graduate Studies.
- Graduation Deadlines for 2013-14 (.pdf)
- Fall 2013 (.pdf)
- Spring 2014 (tentative) (.pdf)
- Summer 2014 (tentative) (.pdf)
Graduation Dates and Deadlines
|Intended Graduation||Application Deadline||Graduation Date|
|Fall 2013 -- I||September 9, 2013||October 18, 2013|
|Fall 2013 -- II||September 27, 2013||December 21, 2013|
|Spring 2014 -- I||January 27, 2014||March 19, 2014|
|Spring 2014 -- II||February 10, 2014||May 11, 2014|
|Summer 2014 -- I||May 24, 2014||June 26, 2014|
|Summer 2014 -- II||June 28, 2014||August 7, 2014|
Preparation for the Ceremony
Deadline for participation:
Graduate students interested in participating in the Fall or Spring University commencement ceremony must complete the graduation application by the appropriate deadline. Information on the combined undergraduate and graduate ceremonies and the RSVP for commencement can be found on the Commencement Website.
The history and tradition of academic regalia goes back centuries. We strongly encourage students to honor this history by wearing the academic regalia appropriate to the degree and the academic program. For more information on the history of academic regalia and guidance on appropriate dress please visit the American Council on Education.
Master's Caps, Gowns, and Hoods
Caps, master's gowns, and hoods can be purchased at the Husky Bookstore in person or by phone (320.308.1489) beginning in April. Bookstore hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday; and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Doctoral Tams, Gowns and Hoods
Doctoral tams and gowns can be rented and the hoods can be purchased at the Husky Bookstore in person or by phone (320.308.1489) beginning in April. Bookstore hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday; and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Students wishing to purchase custom-ordered academic regalia should contact the Husky Bookstore for more information (320.308.1489). Please note that it can take up to 10 weeks for a custom order to arrive.
NOTE: Commencement attendance does not imply that you have officially graduated. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies with any questions you have, or to confirm your degree clearance status.
Receiving Your Diploma
Graduating students will receive their diploma in the mail approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester. All diplomas are mailed to the diploma address. You must provide this address through the Online Services center at www.stcloudstate.edu/registrar. If you do not provide this address, receipt of your diploma will be delayed. If you experience any difficulty in entering your diploma address, please contact the registration helpline at 320. 308.3936.