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Graduation checklist for grad students

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.

Preparing to graduate

Applying to graduate

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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

    If you have technical questions, contact gsdmgmt@umn.edu. All other questions may go to gssp@umn.edu.

    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.

Important Dates


Fri, Aug 13, 2021 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Fall first semester and first 7-week sessions begin
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 Fall second 7-week session begins


Wed, Sep 1, 2021 September graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)
Tue, Sep 21, 2021 Last day to apply for fall undergraduate graduation
Fri, Oct 1, 2021 October graduation application deadline for graduate and professional students (monthly clearances only)