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.

The ceremony is open to the public. There is no reserved seating for guests.

Commencement 2021

Saturday, May 15 - 2 p.m. - Lewy Lee Fieldhouse

View the current academic calendar for future commencement dates.


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

Graduation Brunch

Brunch plans may change. Check back for updates. 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 socializing from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The brunch and program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. in the Luckasen Room of the Campus Center. A special program features student speakers and a salute from the Alumni Association.

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 regalia 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.

Assembly Process 

Plan to arrive at the Wellness Center gym 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 the Wellness Center gym any time after 12:30 p.m., but no later than 1 p.m. Check in to receive your name card and instructions. A copy of the commencement program will be on your chair in the fieldhouse.

• 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 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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. Photos will be available for purchase at

Jacobson Studio
12 Main St W
Mayville ND 58257



Commencement Ceremony Broadcast 

Mayville State University's commencement ceremony will be broadcast on the Internet. Click here to connect:

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 MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room upon completion of the commencement ceremony.

Need more information? 

If you have questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of Academic Records at 1-800-437-4104, ext. 34678.