Students Eligible for Graduation

All students who will satisfy graduation requirements during the fall 2021 semester are eligible to participate in fall 2021 commencement ceremonies.

Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.(MT) in May Hall, Stickney Auditorium.

Commencement practice will be held in Stickney Auditorium on Thursday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m.

Preparing for Graduation

Upon completion of the courses listed in your program of study, you are eligible to graduate from Dickinson State University. The steps below must be completed prior to graduation:

  • Meet with your advisor to check on the completion of your program of study.
  • Any “Incomplete” grades must be resolved prior to the recording of your degree.
  • Students must apply for graduation.
  • If you are planning to return to DSU for another program of study, you must complete a Returning Student Form (found on our forms directory). No additional application fees are required.
  • Refer to the academic catalog for general graduation requirements. It is recommended that students formally apply for graduation two academic terms prior to the anticipated completion of their graduation requirements.
  • Application Deadlines
    • Spring 2022 – February 1, 2022
    • Summer 2022 – February 1, 2022
    • Fall 2022 – September 1, 2022
  • After your application for graduation has been processed, your graduation evaluation will be emailed to your DSU email address. The evaluation process may take two to three weeks.
  • Students are required by federal regulations to complete a Financial Aid exit interview before they graduate or terminate their enrollment if they have ever received a federal student loan at DSU. This requirement must be completed online at if they have received a Federal Stafford Loan or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
  • Complete undergraduate exit exams. Contact the DSU SOAR Center at 701-483-2686 for exam times. These exams are required and must be completed prior to graduation from DSU.
  • Make arrangements to check out of the Dickinson State University residence halls or apartment housing. Contact the Office of Housing and Dining at 701-483-2091.
  • Return the participation form that will be in the commencement packet which will be emailed to your email address. The packets will be emailed six weeks prior to the commencement exercises.
  • Purchase your cap, gown, and tassel from the Balfour Company if you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. You will order directly from Balfour and regalia will be mailed to you. See here to place your order. You may also order graduation announcements and your class ring from Balfour. A Balfour representative will NOT be on campus this fall nor will be available on commencement day. All orders will be placed online. Deadline to place your order is December 1, 2021.
  • Please make sure your permanent address and phone number are updated with the Office of Academic Records located in May Hall, room 111.
  • To request disability accommodations for the commencement ceremony, contact us at 701-483-2535.
  • Keep in touch with other university alumni through the DSU Alumni Association at 701-483-2557 or


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Lodging - Fall Commencement 2021

Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel 

Block Name:  Ask for DSU rate
Rate: $69 + taxes

532 15th St W

Hampton Inn & Suites

Block Name:  FAL (Fall Commencement)
Rate:  $89 + taxes

110 14th St W

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Block Name:  DSU Winter Commencement
Rate:  $75 + taxes

552 12th St W

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply for graduation?

Students may not submit an Application for Graduation until they have met the minimum cumulative credit requirements below (includes in progress credit):

  • Master’s degree - 16 graduate semester hours
  • Bachelor’s degree - 80 semester hours
  • Associate degree - 32 semester hours
  • Certificate program – Any time during first semester at DSU

Can I apply for graduation more than once?

No. If you have questions regarding you application, please contact  the Office of Academic Records, located in May Hall room, 111 or (701) 483-2536.

When will I know if my graduation application has been processed?

Once your application for graduation has been processed, your graduation evaluation will be emailed to your DSU email account.  The evaluation process may take two to three weeks.

What if I need to change my graduation date to a later semester?

Please contact us at 701-483-2536. Do not reapply for graduation.

Should I reapply if I want to change my major, add or subtract a major or degree, or add or subtract a minor?

No. Please notify our office at 701-483-2536 and we will make the necessary adjustments to your application.

When will I receive information about Commencement?

Commencement participation information is sent about mid-semester to all students who have declared their intent to graduate, and to those who graduated during the previous fall semester and did not participate in fall commencement ceremonies. Students must complete and return the commencement participation form.

Do I need tickets or guest passes for the commencement ceremony?

No, all and any number of guests are welcome. All seating is general and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Seating is available on the main level for guests who are disabled or need special accommodations.

How do I obtain a cap and gown for the ceremony?

Purchase your cap, gown, sash, and tassel from the Balfour Company if you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.  A Balfour representative will be on campus—watch your university email address for posted dates and times. Email address for the Balfour representative is

What color are the gowns?

The color of gown you will wear for your commencement ceremony depends on the degree you will be receiving.

  • Bachelor’s degree: Navy gown, navy cap, silver sash, navy and silver tassel
  • Associate’s degree: Navy gown, navy cap, navy sash, navy and silver tassel
    • All undergraduate candidates will wear the tassel on the right side of the cap until instructed to move the tassel to the left side.

What should I wear underneath my gown?

See Dickinson State University’s Commencement Attire Guidelines for suggestions on what you should wear underneath your gown to the commencement ceremony.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed three to four weeks following the close of the academic session in which graduation requirements have been completed. Your diploma will be mailed to the address indicated on your application for graduation form.

What are the requirements for "graduating with honors?”

Gold honor cords are given to undergraduate candidates before the commencement ceremony who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher  at the end of the semester proceeding the graduation term. . Students earning associate degrees with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher will earn distinction and wear a gold tassel.

How long will the ceremony last?

Typically, the ceremony lasts about one to one-and-a-half hours.

My name is spelled incorrectly in the student record system. What should I do?

Complete the official Name Change Form (found on our forms directory). Provide proper documentation as described on the form.

Can I order additional copies of my diploma?

Yes, you may order additional copies of your diploma. Dickinson State University will furnish the first copy of your diploma free of charge. There is a $25 charge for additional copies. To order, please complete the Diploma Order Form.

Do I need to reapply for admission if I have received a certificate or my associate's degree to continue my studies at DSU?

If you are planning to return to DSU for another program of study, you must complete a Returning Student Form (found on our forms directory) No additional application fees are required.

Will a transcript be sent with my diploma?

No. If you wish to receive an official transcript, you may order transcripts at Please note on the request that you would like to have your transcript sent out after your degree has been posted.

Recordings and Photos

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