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The application for graduation form is available through the college website graduation page. Forms were due on March 4, 2022. Students must complete the application for graduation form whether they participate in the ceremony or not. Forms submitted after the March 4, 2022 deadline will still be processed, however, the names of graduates submitting forms after the deadline may not be listed in the commencement program. Those who submit forms late will still be able to walk in the Commencement ceremony if they wish.
MSC Southeast has one commencement ceremony per year in May. Students who will be completing program requirements Spring Semester 2022 and Summer Session 2022 should have applied at this time.
Students completing their requirements Fall Semester 2022 and want to attend the May 2022 ceremony should also have applied by the March 4 deadline to participate this year instead of next.
Commencement will take place on Friday, May 13, 2022 at Winona State University (Memorial Hall, corner of Johnson and King streets, in the McCown Gymnasium). The ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. Students and all employees participating in the commencement procession will meet at Winona State University, Memorial Hall in the Talbot Gym at 6:00 pm to get ready and line up to walk into the ceremony.
This is our first joint commencement ceremony of both campuses together. We are excited to celebrate our graduating students as one college! We look forward to soliciting your feedback after the ceremony to help us assess the success of the event.
Yes, we will have a free bus available for graduates and their families/friends, other students, and college employees. An RSVP will be required, and a link to the RSVP form will be sent to you in the coming weeks if you want to participate. Additional information about the bus will be included in that email. You may leave vehicles on the Red Wing campus until you return later in the evening, but they may not be left on campus overnight.
Yes, we have a professional photographer who will be taking photos of students during the commencement ceremony as their name is announced and they cross the stage. Information on purchasing photos will be available at cap and gown pick up for those who would like to purchase photos.
Information can be found at the following Area Convention and Visitors Bureaus, depending on which area your guests are staying in:
An informal reception will be held for graduates, families, and friends immediately following the ceremony.
Tickets are not needed for the ceremony and there is not currently a limit on guests. However, we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and, if social distancing is required, we may need to limit guests. If we do so, we will communicate those limits to graduates and college employees as far in advance as possible. You are advised to refer to the Commencement Ceremony web page prior to the event for guidance on if guests will be limited or not.
The ceremony is expected to run approximately two hours. It will include a graduate processional (all graduates walking into the ceremony in a line while music plays), several speeches, an honoring of our veterans and military members, and, of course, reading the names of graduates as you cross the stage!
Yes--we hope you will invite your friends and family to join for this momentous occasion! Because of the length of the ceremony, you are advised to include children who are able to sit for a period of approximately two hours.
Yes. Information on how to watch the ceremony live via computer will be available on the Commencement Ceremony web page the week leading up to the event.
Yes, we will have ASL interpreters available for those who need it, with reserved seating in front to ensure visibility of the interpreters. If you are in need of reserved seating near the ASL interpreters, please reach out to Melissa Carrington-Irwin at email@example.com.
Yes, the building is entirely wheelchair accessible and accessible seating is available.
Yes! There are very large screens in the gym that will show what's happening up close on the stage, so even if you sit farther away you will still have a good view.
Masks may or may not be required for the ceremony, depending on the current status of Covid-19 in our local communities. We will follow the current masking guidelines of Minnesota State College Southeast and Winona State University at the time. If masks are required, signage will indicate that all participants and guests must mask and disposable masks will be provided for those who need them. You are advised to refer to the college commencement website prior to the event for guidance on if masks are required or not.
All students participating in the ceremony must wear a college-issued black cap and gown. These are provided to you at no additional cost, thanks to your Student Senates! Pick up times will be:
Pick up will take place on these days on both campuses in the Student Success area (by the front desk). Those who can't make these pickup times should stop by the front desk for assistance.
All employees participating in the processional are expected to wear academic regalia.
Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a gold honor cord.
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.
Students who participate in the commencement ceremony will receive a red, white and blue veterans cord to honor their military service.
You will not receive your actual certificate, diploma, or degree at the commencement ceremony. The document will be mailed to you approximately 10 to 12 weeks after commencement once grades are finalized and your graduation is confirmed by the Registrar's Office.
Please contact Josiah Litant (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Casie Johnson (email@example.com), Commencement Committee Co-Chairs, with any questions.