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

SPRING 2021
Saturday, May 15, Fargodome (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

Ceremonies will be separated by college. 

10:00 a.m.College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Engineering
College of Human Sciences and Education
Interdisciplinary Studies
2:00 p.m.College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources
College of Business
College of Health Professions
College of Science and Mathematics


While we are excited to celebrate with our Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 graduating students, commencement ceremonies will have adjusted safety protocols for all participants (students, family guests, faculty and staff).

  • Face coverings over the mouth and nose are mandatory for all participants and guests. Additionally, venue social distancing guidelines will also be followed.
  • Students are limited to four guests. Each guest will be required to present a ticket upon entry.  Details on the ticketing process and how to obtain tickets were sent to students who RSVP'd for the ceremony.
  • Students need to RSVP for the ceremony. Students need to watch their NDSU email for the registration link.
  • Students will need to pick up a participation card at One Stop the week of May 10 - 14.
  • Doctoral students will not be hooded on stage, rather students should wear their hoods to the ceremony.

The ceremonies will be streamed for individuals who are unable to attend but wish to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.  The link will be available on this page the day of the ceremony.

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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