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


Students who achieved the requirements for graduation in the fall semester of 2020, as well as those who will complete their graduation requirements in the spring semester and summer session of 2021, are invited to participate in Mayville State’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. in the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.

To provide for a COVID-19 safe event, masks must be worn and safe social distancing protocols will be followed. This means that seating is very limited. Each graduate participating is allowed to invite up to four guests to be seated in the audience. Graduates must RSVP for their guests. See link below. RSVP deadline is May 5. Guests must check in at the entrance to the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse upon arrival and ushers will provide assistance. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.

Graduates must RSVP for guests who wish to be in the audience. Up to four guests per graduate are allowed. Click here to RSVP.

Overflow seating will be available in the Classroom Building Auditorium. Commencement exercises will be live streamed at this location. 


If you have questions, please reach out to the Office of Academic Records at or 701-788-4774.


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

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 brunch will be served in the Campus Center Luckasen Room with accommodations for a COVID-safe event. Click here for more information and to RSVP. 

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 12:30 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:

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.