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Graduate Commencement

two graduate students in cap and gown pose in front of the Regents' Seal

It's your day!

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

Virtual Commencement Date: May 8, 2021

2021 Commencement

Congratulations, graduates! UMD's virtual Commencement Ceremony takes place on May 8 at 11am. View the ceremony here. A link to the recording will be available to watch later, and to share with family and friends, as well. Visit the UMD Commencement page for further details and to view the Commencement program.

Requirements and deadlines

Friday, March 19, 2021 was the deadline to submit the Commencement RSVP to have your name listed in the printed program. Please contact the Grad Office at, or the Commencement Coordinator at with any questions.

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

  • Save 20% at the Grad Fair from March 31 - April 6!
  • 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 If you are an undergraduate student (bachelor's degree), contact

Other Information

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