Education Specialist and Master Degree Candidate

We are excited to celebrate with our 2020 & 2021 graduating students! Our Commencement and Hooding Ceremonies will have adjusted safety protocols for all participants (students, guests, faculty, and staff):

  • Face coverings over the mouth and nose are mandatory for everyone.
  • Venue social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Students are limited to three guests who will need to present a ticket. Further ticket details will be announced soon.
  • Students must RSVP by March 12 or a seat will not be reserved. To do so, complete the participation form.

The ceremonies will be streamed for individuals who are unable to attend but wish to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.

Graduate School Application for Graduation: An application should be submitted for the term when all degree requirements will be met.

Graduate School Hooding Ceremony
Completion of a post-baccalaureate degree is celebrated not only with the awarding of the degree but also with a traditional ceremony where each candidate is hooded with the garment of the appropriate colors to signify the degree earned. This Hooding Ceremony takes place at 8:00 am in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall (Old Main) prior to the Commencement exercises.

Commencement Participation Form
Please fill out this online form if you wish to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony. The reservation deadline is March 12, 2021.
Electronic Form

Order your master’s gown, hood and cap (required) and graduation announcements (optional) from the Herff Jones website, by April 16, 2021. For more information click Purchase Regalia or call the Bookstore with any questions at 701-858-3390.

Line Up and Processional
Candidates will line up at 7:15 am, promptly, in the west hallway, second floor, Old Main, near Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, in full regalia, with hoods draped over the right arm.

The Processional begins at 8:00 am sharp. Candidates will follow their assigned marshal down the west aisle of the hall, ascending the west stairs to the stage, and remain standing until the speaker invites everyone to be seated.

The student marshal will dismiss each row. The graduates will follow the designated administrator down the stairs, up the west aisle, and out of the hall.

A professional photographer will be taking a photo of each candidate as the hooding takes place. Proofs will be mailed out at a later date by the photographer. Graduates will have the opportunity to purchase these photos, but there is no obligation to do so.

Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Ceremony details

For questions concerning the Hooding Ceremeny, please contact Penny.
Penny Brandt
Graduate School Admissions Specialist
701.858.3413 or 1.800.777.0750, ext. 3413