Congratulations to our students who are graduating with their Master of Science, Master of Arts, Professional Science Masters, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. We have watched as you have furthered your personal and academic strengths and attained your goal of receiving this advanced degree.
Congratulations to the family members and friends who have also supported our graduates in this endeavor.
Winona State University faculty and staff wish you the best as you move forward in your career path. Your hard work is a tremendous achievement that has been recognized by all of us.
View the FAQs page for any questions you may have that are not addressed below.
Meeting Degree Requirements
You will want to review your Candidacy form (Program Plan) to ensure that you have completed all of the approved courses listed on the form or are currently enrolled in the final classes listed. Contact your advisor if your transcript and Candidacy form (Program Plan) do not match, as you will need to update the form and have any changes approved. Your Capstone or Thesis needs to be completed by the time of graduation. Please keep your advisor updated on where you are at with this.
Applying for Graduation
Please complete and return the Graduation Application (PDF) to the office of School of Graduate Studies. It is recommended that you apply at the time you register for your final term classes. This will allow for any corrections to be made in your classes that are required for graduation.
The last day to submit an application for graduation for Fall 2017 and appear in the printed commencement program is Friday, October 13th. Approved late applicants may still participate in commencement, but will not be included in the program.
Participation in Commencement
Graduating students may only participate in one commencement ceremony. Students scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of the semester participate in commencement.
Students scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of Fall semester participate in Fall commencement. Students scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of Summer session have their choice to attend either the Spring or Fall commencement. Students completing their degree requirements at the end of Spring semester will participate in Spring commencement.
To ensure appropriate regalia is available, commencement participation must be declared at least twelve weeks prior to the ceremony for Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates only. DNP graduates should work with the Graduate Programs in the Nursing Office for information on ordering their regalia. Other degree programs will have their regalia available the middle of April for purchase at the WSU Bookstore. The WSU Bookstore will be holding a Grad Finale Event on Thursday, April 13th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for students to purchase their regalia at a 20% discount. The Bookstore will be sending out an email before the event with additional information.
The Hooding Ceremony is a celebration to acknowledge your accomplishments and will take place with others within your program this Spring term, with each program holding their own ceremony. For Hooding information, please contact the following from your department:
- Special Education: Please contact Whitney (Hawes) Rolbiecki at WRolbiecki@winona.edu.
- Leadership Education: Please contact Nadia Miranda at NMirands@winona.edu
- Graduate Induction Program: Please contact Wendy Shannon at WSShannon@winona.edu.
- English TESOL and Language & Literature: Contact Andrew Higl at AHigl@winona.edu.
- Graduate Nursing: Please contact Carolyn Ryno at CRyno@winona.edu
- Professional Science Master’s: Please contact Scott Segal at SSegal@winona.edu