Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
Registrar's Office

Graduation FAQs 

Graduation is an exciting time for students, family, friends and staff. Below you will find important graduation information for 2019.

What process do I need to complete to receive my certificate, diploma or degree?

Forms are available at the Reception Desk at both campus locations. Online students should contact Holly Daley at the Red Wing Campus (hdaley@southeastmn.edu) or Sarah Gatzlaff at the Winona Campus (sgatzlaff@southeastmn.edu). Forms are due back to the Registrar's Office by Friday, March 8. Students must complete the Application for Graduation Form whether they participate in the ceremony or not.

MSC Southeast has one commencement ceremony per year in May. Students who will be completing program requirements Spring Semester 2019 and Summer Session 2019 should apply at this time.

Students completing their requirements Fall Semester 2019 and want to attend the May 2019 ceremony should also apply by the Friday, March 8 deadline.

When and where are the 2019 commencement ceremonies held?

Winona Campus: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Winona State University
Memorial Hall
Corner of Johnson & King Streets
Winona, Minnesota
Note: Students will meet at Winona State University, Memorial Hall – Talbot Gym at 6:15 p.m. 

Red Wing Campus: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Red Wing High School
Larry Sonju Gymnasium
2451 Eagle Ridge Drive
Red Wing, Minnesota
Note: Students will meet at Red Wing High School, Commons Area at 6:15 p.m.

Will a professional photographer be at the commencement ceremony?

Yes, Lifetouch Photography will be taking professional photos of students during the commencement ceremony.  Information on purchasing photos will be available at cap and gown pick up.  The Lifetouch Photography website can be found at http://events.lifetouch.com/.

How do I find out about local lodging for my guests? 

Information can be found at the following Area Convention and Visitors Bureaus: 
Red Wing Campus:www.redwing.org 
Winona Campus:www.visitwinona.com

In addition to the commencement ceremony, are there events planned for graduates and their families? 

A reception with punch and cookies will be held for graduates, families and friends immediately following the ceremony.  

Are guest tickets required for the commencement ceremony? 

Tickets are not needed for the ceremony.

How long does the commencement ceremony last?

The ceremony runs approximately an hour and a half.  All graduates and guests are expected to remain seated for the entire program.

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

All students from both campuses must wear a black cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. If you already have a black cap and gown, you will need to pick up a tassel only.  

RED WING CAMPUS Scheduled Pick Up Times: 
Red Wing Campus Student Association will be subsidizing a portion of the cost of the cap, gown, and tassel.  Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the Red Wing Campus Bookstore for $10.00.

Red Wing Campus Bookstore
Thursday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WINONA CAMPUS Scheduled Pick Up Times:
Winona Campus Student Senate will be paying for the full cost of the cap, gown and tassel.  

Student Center:  Bookstore Entrance
Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Graduating with Honors?

Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a gold honor cord. Students should stop at the Registrar’s Office after they pick up their cap and gown.

Honor status is given to students graduating from a diploma, AAS, AS or AA program and who have completed a minimum of 25 resident credits including credits from the last term before graduation. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.74 receive Honors designation. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 4.00 receive High Honors designation. Final honor status is determined after final grades are received. Honor status will appear on the student transcript at the time of official graduation. 

Are you now or have you ever served in the United States Armed Forces?

Students who participate in the commencement ceremony will receive a red, white and blue veterans cord to honor their military service. Students should stop at the Registrar’s Office after they pick up their cap and gown. 

Are certificates, diplomas, or degrees presented at the commencement ceremony?

You will not receive your actual certificate, diploma or degree at the commencement ceremony. A cover will be given to you to place your document in after you receive it in the mail. The document will be mailed approximately 10 – 12 weeks after commencement when grades are finalized and the graduation is confirmed from the Registrar's Office.

What if I have additional questions about my graduation and/or the commencement ceremony?

Please contact Amy Drazkowski at Amy.Drazkowski@southeastmn.edu at 507-453-1479.

Rev. 2/26/19 HD

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