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Graduation and commencement are two separate events. Graduation is the process by which Minnesota State College Southeast officially confers a degree to a learner. Commencement, on the other hand, is the ceremony which publicly recognizes those learners who have graduated or will soon graduate.

2020-2021 Graduates: Make sure you are on the list to graduate!
Download and check this PDF: 2020-2021 Graduation List

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

For students graduating Spring and Summer 2021, the deadline to submit an application for graduation is Friday, March 5, 2021.

  1. Review your Degree Audit Report (DARS) in eServices. The DARS needs to state: "All requirements complete-in progress courses used" or "All requirements identified below have been met."
  2. Complete and submit the online Application for Graduation Form.
  3. Complete the Career Services Registration Form (PDF) and return to The college is required by Minnesota State to follow up on all graduates. Please expect to be contacted by our Career Services Office or let us know if you have found employment before you graduate.
  4. If you received Financial Aid, expect to be contacted by the Financial Aid Office regarding required Federal Loan Exit Counseling. Before you graduate, federal regulations require that you complete an exit counseling session. Once completed, the Financial Aid Office will be notified.
  • Step 1: Access exit counseling at:
  • Step 2: Log in with your FAFSA username and password. Click on Exit Counseling.     


Honor status is given to students graduating from a diploma, AA, AAS, or AS program 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 and who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a gold honor cord from the Registrar's Office after the cap and gown have been picked up.


Please see the Commencement page for details on this year's commencement ceremony.

Participation in commencement does not imply or assure degree conferral. Degrees are conferred when all requirements have been met.

You will not receive your actual certificate, diploma or degree at the commencement ceremony. The document will be mailed approximately 10-12 weeks after the term ends, when grades are finalized and your graduation is confirmed from the Registrar's Office.

If you need to change your graduation date to a later semester or have additional questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at the campus you will be graduating from.



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