Commencement Day Instructions for Grads

You did the work. You earned the degree. Now show the world.

You've worked hard to reach this goal! Celebrate by participating in the commencement ceremony.

Don't forget to order your cap, gown, and announcements!


The MSU Bookstore will help you get set up with your cap and gown and the appropriate ragalia needed by graduates participating in the commencement ceremony. They also have announcements available, so you can invite your friends and family to join in the celebration. Stop by the Bookstore to purchase what you need, or click here to place your order online.

Commencement 2015

Saturday, May 16
2:00 p.m.

Lewy Lee Fieldhouse


Assembly Process


Plan to arrive at the Classroom Building Auditorium at least 60 minutes before the official starting time to allow for the assembly process.

Since there are no secure areas to leave personal belongings, it is recommended that jackets, purses and other personal items be left with family or friends. Be sure to wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes since you will be marching and standing a good part of the day.

Upon arrival, all degree candidates should follow this procedure:

• Report to C-120, Classroom Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. You will receive your name card and a copy of the printed program.

• Line up and be ready for the processional 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

• The president will lead you from the assembly area into the Fieldhouse approximately five minutes prior to the beginning of commencement.

• You will be directed to your assigned seating and will remain standing until directed to be seated.

Click here to download specific instructions regarding the procession and other commencement details.

Click here to download a schematic showing the commencement ceremony seating layout.

Commencement Etiquette


University commencement ceremonies are special events for all involved. If you choose to participate, please remain for the entire ceremony.

Electronic Devices


As a courtesy to those around you and to our graduating students, please turn off pagers and cellular phones during the ceremony. We also ask that you refrain from using extreme noisemakers.



Jacobson Studio of Mayville will take professional photographs of all graduates between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Classroom Building room 116, which is directly across from the south entrance of the Classroom Building Auditorium (C-120).

In addition, a photographer from Jacobson Studio will take a picture of each candidate while receiving the diploma cover from the president during the commencement ceremony.

A few weeks after the ceremony, a proof of these photos and an order form will be mailed to each graduate. At that time, you may order pictures if desired. This service is provided to ensure quality photographs and to avoid the confusion of many individuals attempting to position themselves for picture taking. Jacobson Studio will also post pictures of the entire ceremony on their website a few weeks after the event.

Jacobson Studio
12 Main St W
Mayville ND 58257

Commencement Ceremony Broadcast


Mayville State University's commencement ceremony will be brodcast on the Internet. The broadcast will be live during the commencement ceremony, and the video will also be archived for playback at a later time. The link to the broadcast will be listed here on or before Friday, May 15.

Graduation Brunch


The Alumni Association invites all graduates and their families to join them in celebrating with the new graduates at their first official alumni event, the traditional Graduation Brunch. The celebration begins with a social hour at 10 a.m. in the MSU Campus Center foyer followed by a brunch at 11 a.m. in the Luckasen Room of the Campus Center. A special program features student speakers and a salute from the Alumni Association. Graduates attending will also be eligible for a prize drawing. The event is free to graduates and their family members thanks to the generous support of Gate City Bank and the Alumni Association. To reserve your seat, please contact the MSU Foundation at 788-4687 or email by May 1.

Post Commencement Reception


The faculty and officers of the institution take pleasure in inviting the graduates, candidates, and their guests to join them for refreshments in the Luckasen Room of the Campus Center upon completion of the commencement ceremony.



Please go to the campus map to see the location of the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse and parking options.