Guest Information

Where to stay?
Many local hotels offer a Minot State Family and Friends discount of 15% off the standard room rate. View the list of hotels offering discounts.

Where to park and enter?
Guests are asked to park in the parking lot north of the Dome and enter at the north entrance. Graduates will be entering at the south entrance. Several handicapped parking spaces are located on the north side of the Dome. Elevator access is available at the north entrance of the Dome.

Where will graduates be seated?
The seating chart will be in the order of Graduate School, Honors Program, alphabetically by degree type, and finally, the Dakota College at Bottineau graduates. View the seating chart and MSU Dome layout.

MSU staff and faculty will be on hand to assist the candidates for graduation in lining up.

Guest Information / Disability Accommodations
The Dome will be open as early as 8:30 a.m. on Commencement day, and the ceremony will start at 10 a.m.

An interpreter will also be on hand on graduation day to sign the graduation ceremony to accommodate individuals with hearing impairments.

Arrangements can be made for persons with disabilities that need seating accommodations. Please contact the Registrar's Office prior to April 30, 2024, for assistance at 701-858-3345 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3345.

Social Media: Celebrate your graduate
Let's celebrate your Minot State University graduate! We invite you to participate and celebrate before, during, and after the ceremony via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here's where you will find special commencement moments on social media:

  • Facebook: Be sure to "like" Minot State University to receive updates. You can post directly to our timeline and/or post to your own. We will have a commencement day photo album on Facebook late Friday afternoon.
  • Instagram: Follow us at Minot State
  • Twitter: Minot State University's Twitter handle is @MinotState. Don't miss a Tweet!

Diploma Frames
The MSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore team will be on-site to sell diploma frames and gifts at Commencement! Before the ceremony, they will have a table set up in the North lobby, and after will have a table in the North and South lobby. The bookstore hours on May 10 are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Graduates will leave the Dome floor in the same manner as they entered.

A safe Commencement celebration for the graduates and their families is Minot State University's first priority. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the campus. MSU is also a Tobacco-Free campus.

Dome Seating Chart

Lower Level Sections 1-16 and all sections in the Upper Level West Side are available for Commencement Seating.

Complete detailed seating chart [pdf]

Rows numbers are estimates.

Seating chart is organized in alphabetical order by degree and last name. Even row numbers line up, enter, and exit the dome floor on the East side. Odd row numbers line up, enter, and exit the dome floor on the West side. Seat numbers are ordered from West to East (i.e., seat #1 sits in the far West seat, whereas seat #20 sits in the far East seat).

Students check-in in the South Lobby.

Guests check-in in the North Lobby.