Welcome to the web site dedicated to answering your questions about North Dakota State University's commencement activities. Designed for students, parents, faculty and staff, this site offers information on a variety of items, such as your cap and gown, important information for faculty, staff, guests, and students about the ceremony, how and when to get to the venue and locating accommodations for family and guests.

Commencement is a symbol of individual student success, family and community pride, and faculty and staff support. As one of the most exciting days on our campus, students have the opportunity to celebrate achieving this graduation milestone.

The information provided here is meant to help guide you through this memorable time for upcoming graduates, their families and the entire university community. Enjoy NDSU's commencement, a celebration of achievement.

Ceremony Dates


Friday, December 18 Ceremony


As much as we were looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our spring/summer and fall graduates this December, the health and safety of our students, their families, and our NDSU community is of the utmost importance. For this reason, in addition to the Governor’s change to our risk level,  we will coordinate a virtual ceremony for our graduates rather than having an in-person ceremony.  On December 18th beginning at 10 a.m., watch the prerecorded remarks from our traditional commencement stage party and our student speaker on NDSU's celebration page. Additionally, audio files have been created where student names will be read, but there is no physical attendance or participation on the part of the student.

If students, families or friends would like to purchase celebratory merchandise, NDSU has partnered with a vendor, The Commencement Group, to offer a few mementos. 

We understand this is not how students envisioned their commencement, and for that, we empathize. Our NDSU community is strong and resilient, characteristics that embody an NDSU graduate.  We are proud of our graduates and are confident they will use the knowledge and skills they have gained at NDSU to find success.

For questions regarding graduation requirements, including degree progress and academic honors, contact your Degree and Records Analyst (Undergraduate students) or the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (Graduate students).

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