Graduating Students

Congratulations, you did it! You earned your degree, and you deserve to celebrate that amazing achievement.

Commencement Ceremony

Graduation refers to your degree being posted on your official transcript once you meet all degree requirements.

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of your degree.

In order to graduate and to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must: 

  1. have an approved graduation application 
  2. be completing your degree requirements the term you intend to graduate

All undergraduate students who have completed 90 credits and graduate students who have completed 27 credits will be automatically enrolled in a Graduation Readiness course in D2L. If you are eligible to graduate but haven’t been enrolled in the course, email to be added to the roster. Or you can self-register for the course using the D2L self-registration menu.

Learn more about the graduation requirements and the commencement ceremony.

Apply for Graduation

All graduates must submit the graduation application to confirm that they are completing their degrees.

You can indicate if you plan to participate in commencement on this application as well.

Participate in Commencement
To walk in the Commencement Ceremony, you must register by March 15.

You indicate that you want to be part of the ceremony in your graduation application.

If your plans change, you can edit your graduation application.

A graduate kisses her diploma as she leaves the stage during the WSU Commencement Ceremony.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates must declare their participation at least 12 weeks in advance to ensure appropriate regalia is available for the ceremony. 

Check the address on your application is accurate so that your diploma is delivered to the right place.

Ceremony Rehearsal & Seating

There will not be a physical rehearsal prior to the commencement ceremonies. Review the rehearsal instructions (PDF) for details.

Undergraduate students will be seated by academic College. Before the ceremony, you must check in at your appropriate College table and pick up your name card.

Graduate students will be seated by academic College and degree type. Before the ceremony, you must check in at the Graduate Studies table and pick up your name card.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you need a sign language interpreter, please notify the Warrior Hub at at least 6 weeks prior.

A portion of seating is reserved to accommodate people with limited accessibility. Let the users know of your accessibility needs, and we’ll direct you to the venue area that best suits your needs.

Attire & Regalia
You are required to wear commencement regalia, including a cap and gown.

Purchase regalia items online through our official partner Herff Jones.

If your graduation application has been approved, you can pick up earned provisional honor cords any time after March 4 at the Warrior Hub.

Graduate students have an additional hood as part of their regalia. You’ll purchase the hood and gown to wear to the commencement ceremony.

Graduates wearing caps and gowns sit during the WSU Commencement Ceremony.

Decoration Policies

Academic protocol states that you cannot pin jewelry or flowers to your gown. You can decorate your mortarboard within reason.

WSU reserves the right to require you to remove any embellishment deemed inappropriate before you can participate in the ceremony.

Examples of inappropriate embellishment include, but are not limited to:

  • vulgar language 
  • references to alcohol or drugs 
  • inappropriate words or graphic images 
  • any decoration that might obstruct the view of people seated behind you
Guest Tickets
Guest tickets are required for all ceremonies on May 3. Please bring a valid photo ID if you plan to pick up guest tickets.

Approved Winona undergraduates can pick up guest tickets at the Warrior Hub. Approved Rochester undergraduates can pick up guest tickets by contacting Rochester Student & Campus Services.

The Office of Graduate Studies will contact approved graduate students.

International students can also learn more about getting a visitor visa for family members.

A graduate in cap and gown poses with family for a photo in front of the gazebo on WSU campus.

Contact the Warrior Hub at if you have any other questions.

Graduation is the posting of a degree on the official transcript once all degree requirements are met.

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.

Yes! The graduation application is used to determine which students are completing their degrees.

All graduates need to complete the graduation application. You can indicate whether you plan to participate in commencement through this application as well.

Dual Degrees

Dual degree recipients are students earning two different degree types (for example, both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science).

To earn dual degrees students must complete at least 30 semester hours beyond the required 120-128 credits. Students must complete all major requirements under both degrees, including separate minors if one is required.

Multiple Majors

Students completing two or more majors will be awarded a single degree based upon their primary major. By default, your primary major is the major with the greatest number of credits.

Any additional majors are listed on the student’s transcript under the degree to be awarded. If a degree requires a minor, an additional major can be completed in place of a minor.

If any of the majors fall under different degrees (for example, one major leads to a Bachelor of Arts and another to a Bachelor of Science), the student may choose either degree.

WSU’s Communications Department typically notifies hometown newspapers with graduate names within eight weeks of the end of the semester.

The list of graduates will also be posted online.

Contact University Communications for any further questions about media notification by calling 507.457.5024 or emailing

Graduation applications can be viewed, updated and withdrawn by logging back into your application.

Your diploma will be mailed to the diploma address indicated on your graduation application 10-12 weeks after graduation.

Your transcript is the official certifying document of your degree. You can order a transcript as soon as your degree is posted.

Diploma sizes are 8.5 x 11 inches and will fit most standard frames.

The Degree Audit is used to guide students through their degree requirements. After graduation, the Degree Audit is not available.

Your transcript will list all WSU coursework and grades. Use your transcript as your official document proving your degree.

Original diplomas are mailed to the diploma address indicated on your graduation application 10 weeks after graduation.

If you have misplaced your diploma or just need another one, you can request to order a duplicate diploma.

Diploma orders are placed weekly and generally take 4-6 weeks for delivery.

For a non-expedited duplicate diploma shipped within the contiguous US, a $10 fee is required.

We will process your international or expedited diploma order as well and will work with you to determine the increased fees based on your location and delivery time expectations.

The fee will be placed on your WSU student account regardless of enrollment status, so please review the payment options.

Undergraduate Students
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Graduate Students
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