Commencement and Graduation
2016 Fall Commencement
December 16, 2016
Herb Brooks National Hockey Center
10:30 a.m. - HBS, SHHS, University College (B.E.S. and AA Degrees), SOPA, GRAD (for Schools and Colleges listed)
3:00 p.m. - SOE, CLA, COSE, GRAD (for Schools and Colleges listed)
For more information visit the Commencement Website
Application for Graduation
Complete the application for graduation online. 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 $30.00 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.
If you do not graduate during the application term you must contact the office of Records and Registration to request a new term. No additional application fee will be required. Students are required to be registered for at least one credit in the term in which they intend to graduate. For more information see the policy.
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.
- 2015-2016 Deadlines (.pdf)
- 2016-2017 Deadlines (coming soon)
Graduation Dates and Deadlines
|Intended Graduation||Application Deadline||Graduation Date|
|Summer -- I||May 26, 2016||June 23, 2016|
|Summer -- II||July 7, 2016||August 4, 2016|
|Fall||September 30, 2016||December 16, 2016|
|Spring||February 3, 2017||May 5, 2017|
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 discipline. 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 November/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.
Master of Arts (White)
Master of Business Administration (Drab)
Doctor of Education/Specialist (Light Blue)
Master of Engineering Management (Orange)
Master of Music (Pink)
Master of Science (Golden Yellow)
Master of Social Work (Citron)
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 November/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/registrarIf 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. 308.2111.