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Graduation checklist for undergrads

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 apply to graduate, 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 the campus. Visit the UMC Commencement page for additional information.

Watch for an invitation to your campus graduation fair in spring. Find additional information about and purchase commencement regalia through the University Bookstore. 

Important Dates


Tue, Aug 25, 2020 First day of Fall classes
Tue, Sep 8, 2020 Last day to add a class
Tue, Sep 8, 2020 Last day to drop without a "W"


Tue, Sep 8, 2020 Graduation application deadline
Sat, May 8, 2021 Commencement