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Graduation Day

2021 Virtual Commencement

Congratulations graduates!

View the virtual ceremony

Please be sure to use #umdgrad2021 in your social media posts!

The virtual ceremony will be available for viewing after the live run, allowing you to celebrate when and how it works the best for you and your family and friends.   

*** We are working with the vendor to update the student slides so all students who submitted a picture will be able to view their picture.  

Diploma Covers and Program

Diploma covers, the commencement program along with honors medallions and cords etc., where applicable, were mailed to students the week of May 3rd.  They were mailed to the address they listed in MyU as their diploma address.    We hope most packages will arrive by commencement day, but expect some will take longer depending upon how far they traveled.  


Students who had their photo taken by GradImages at the Kirby Photo Opportunity program the week of April 20 can find their pictures at GradImages


Graduation checklist for undergraduate students

Graduation checklist for graduate students


Assuming all graduation requirements have been met, diplomas are mailed to students within three months following the end of the semester in which a student applied to graduate. Holds may prevent you from ordering a transcript or receiving your diploma.  Check MyU for any holds on your record.  All diplomas are the same size. 

Information on degree requirements and diplomas should be directed to One Stop Student Services, 218-726-8000,

Additional events 

CLA Drive Thru Graduation Celebration 


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

This year is different; our ceremony and celebrations are different, but what remains the same each year is the pride the UMD community has in your accomplishments.  We will particularly remember the classes of 2020 and 2021 as ones with extraordinary strength and fortitude in challenging times, as students who truly showed what it is to be Bulldog Strong!  Though we are not able to celebrate your achievements in person, we want you to know that we are so very proud of each and every one of you.  



Future Commencement Dates 

May 7, 2022

May 6, 2023

*Students graduating in the fall can participate in commencement ceremony either the spring before or the spring after they complete their degree requirements