Graduation steps

Before you complete your degree and graduate, you’ll need to be prepared. Knowing what your degree requirements are and if you are fulfilling them, when to complete your Application for Degree, and talking to your advisor will help you prepare for the final steps of your academic experience at the University of Minnesota.

Prepare, apply, and commencement

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Prepare to graduate

  1. Check graduation dates and deadlines on the Academic calendar.
  2. Verify your degree completion steps.
  3. Check for holds.
  4. Talk to your advisor(s) about completing your degree.
    • Talk to your faculty advisor(s) and Graduate Program Coordinator to ensure you are on track with programmatic degree completion requirements.

Apply to graduate

  1. Set your degree name by updating your personal information.
  2. Add, verify or update your diploma address to ensure you receive your diploma.
  3. Apply to graduate by completing your Application for Degree.
    • Access the application by going to MyU: Academics then the Degree Progress tab.
      • Click on the Apply to Graduate link.
      • Submit your application for degree no later than the first day of the month you would like to graduate.
        • You may only apply to graduate once.
        • The Office of the Registrar assumes when you are prepared to graduate based on your submission. See when you should apply based on the month you intend to graduate
    • If you need to change your expected graduation term or month after you've applied, but before you've graduated, please email [email protected].
    • If you have a legitimate reason, you may request to change your degree award date that appears on your transcript. Your request will be reviewed by committee.
    • If you are a professional school student, visit your program office or website to obtain detailed information about graduation and graduation dates.
  4. Complete your financial aid requirements.
    • Online exit counseling is required of all borrowers of federal and University-administered student loan programs. You will be provided information about the rights and responsibilities of a borrower, and how different financial aid programs handle repayment. Learn more about loan repayment.
  5. Complete all requirements for your degree.

Commencement and after

Commencement is your graduation ceremony. These events are typically planned by your college. If you have any questions, your college will be the best resource.

  1. Attend your campus graduation fair.
    • Watch for an invitation to your campus graduation fair in spring. You can find additional information about and purchase commencement regalia through the University Bookstore.
  2. Learn about your diploma.
  3. Take the doctoral exit surveys.
    • The University of Minnesota is committed to maintaining both high-quality graduate programs and student experiences. Your responses to these surveys will be used to assess and improve the graduate education experience at the University of Minnesota and beyond. 
    • Doctoral Exit Survey
      • The doctoral exit survey is a reporting tool used by the University of Minnesota to improve graduate education. The survey requires your internet ID and password. Your survey responses will be kept confidential.
    • Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
      • Upon completion of the doctoral exit survey, you will be presented with a link to the national Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and five other federal agencies. The SED gathers information annually from approximately 50,000 new research doctorate graduates across the United States regarding educational histories, funding sources, and postdoctoral plans.