Congratulations, it's time for you to start preparing for graduation!
There are several procedures that you must complete in order to be cleared for your degree, participate in commencement, and receive your diploma. Follow the guidance to take care of the details.
Check Your APAS Degree Audit
Check your APAS degree audit and speak with your advisor about any questions you have about remaining requirements you may need to complete your degree.
- You must achieve a grade of C- minus or better in all courses required for your major.
- All required classes in your major must be taken for a grade, unless only offered S/N.
- At least 75% of credits taken at the University of Minnesota must be taken on A-F grading basis.
Apply to Graduate
Review the process of applying or getting scheduled to graduate.
Review the Graduation Checklist
Review the undergraduate student graduation checklist.
Additional Graduation Resources
Transcripts and Diplomas
Clear All Holds
The University will not confirm your degree until you clear all holds from your record.
After your degree has been cleared by your College, that information is added to your transcript as soon as possible. You can use that information to confirm your degree with employers, graduate schools, or other interested parties.
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for distributing diplomas. Diplomas are created after your degree has been cleared. Normal processing time is two months.
For more information and details on the name used on the diploma, mailing address, timeline, and more visit One Stop.
Commencements and Graduation Celebrations
Attend GradFest offered each spring to prepare for commencement and life after graduation. GradFest is the U of M's official one-stop source for graduation information, services, and products.
College Commencement Ceremonies
Each College hosts commencement ceremonies for their graduates. More information for graduating students and guests is located on each college's commencement website:
- Carlson School of Management
- College of Biological Sciences
- College of Continuing and Professional Studies
- College of Design
- College of Education & Human Development
- College of Food, Agricultural, & Natural Resources
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Science and Engineering
- School of Nursing
- University Honors Program
Other Celebrations and Ceremonies
Various units in the Office for Equity and Diversity sponsor celebration events and graduation ceremonies. Learn more about these events honoring the accomplishments of individuals and specific communities within the statewide University of Minnesota system:
- Access Achievement Awards (hosted by Disability Resource Center)
- Celebrating Changemakers (hosted by the Women's Center)
- Lavender Celebration and Awards Ceremony (hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life)
- Multicultural Celebration of Achievement (hosted by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE)
Special Distinctions and Honors
Students who meet a specific GPA or Honors Program threshold may receive special recognition. If, at the end of fall semester, you have more than 60 U of M semester credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.75, you'll receive the "distinction" recognition. If your GPA is 3.9 or higher, you'll receive "high distinction" recognition. Both distinctions receive a special cord to wear at the commencement ceremony.
For more information on graduating with distinction, see the UMN policy.
If you are in the University Honors Program (UHP) and will graduate with Latin honors, UHP will contact you with details about the medallion you will wear.