Preparing to Graduate

Due to the continuing need to practice personal and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, we unfortunately had to make the very difficult decision that it will not be practical or realistic to pursue our in-person Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 15. Please know we are actively exploring alternative means of recognizing the significant achievements of our graduates, including the option of a fall ceremony suggested by the current student-led petition, and will share details as they are confirmed. Please monitor your MSU email and our graduation website for more information.


  • Visit with your advisor to ensure all graduation requirements have been / will be met and complete an application for graduation.

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

  • Any "Incomplete" grades must be resolved prior to the posting of your degree. MSU will not post a degree when an "I" or an "X" is present or a grade is not recorded.
  • If you owe money, have parking fines, outstanding library materials, etc. your account will be put on hold. As a result, your degree will not be posted. All financial obligations, loans, library books, equipment owed, fines, bills, etc. must be cleared prior to graduation. Diplomas, transcripts, and/or teacher certifications will not be provided until all obligations are met. Please make sure your account is clear prior to graduation.
  • Check your MSU email for frequent graduation and commencement updates.
  • Complete exit loan counseling before you graduate or leave school. If you have ever received a Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, or a Federal Nursing Loan, you are required to complete loan exit counseling. This requirement may be completed online at
  • Contact Career Services at 701-858-3362 or 701-858-3360 for assistance with your job search and career development.
  • Make arrangements to check out of MSU dorms or residence halls. Contact the Housing Office at 701-858-3363 with questions.
  • If you are considering an advanced degree, please contact the MSU Graduate School at 701-858-3250 to discuss the various degree options.
  • Keep in touch with other University alumni through the MSU Alumni Association at 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3234 or
  • Please contact the Registrar's Office at 701-858-3345 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3345 if you have any additional questions concerning the Commencement ceremony or graduation.

* Please note: Minot State's toll free number is 1-800-777-0750 ext. XXXX. The extension to the office is the last 4 digits of the local telephone number.