Frequently Asked Questions
Plan ahead in order to make your graduation day fun and memorable.
If you have guests that need special seating, please fill out the Special Seating Request Form. The request deadline is TBD.
Outside doors to the commencement facilities open early. Doors to the guest seating area will be opened 90 minutes prior to the start of the spring ceremony and 60 minutes prior to the start of the summer and winter ceremonies.
The length of each ceremony differs by the number of degrees granted.
The summer and winter ceremonies are approximately 90 minutes in length.
The spring ceremony for graduate degrees is approximately 90 minutes in length and the spring ceremony for undergraduate degrees is approximately 2.5 hours in length.
Commencement events are open to the public and no tickets are required.
University commencement ceremonies are special events for all involved. If you choose to participate, graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony. Leaving the ceremony early will not be allowed.
The University has contracted the services of Lifetouch Special Events Photography for all commencement ceremonies. This service will provide a photograph of each graduate who crosses the stage and shakes hands with the President along with a posed photograph.
Graduates will receive a message sent to their official UND e-mail address containing a link to the commencement photo proofs. There is no obligation to purchase photographs.
Visit Lifetouch Special Events for information about commencement photographs. Any questions may be addressed to email@example.com, 800-505-9496 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, or via Lifetouch.
Contact Lifetouch Special Events Photography with any questions.
The ceremonies will be telecast live on UND's Facebook page and webcast on UND.edu the day of the ceremony.
You will be listed under all the degrees you have earned in the commencement program. You only walk across the stage once, so you will have to decide which degree you plan to walk with upon arrival to the line-up room. Please make sure to purchase the tassel with the color that coordinates with the college you plan to march with at the ceremony.
If you are an undergraduate student graduating with honors, you will receive a medallion when you arrive for your ceremony. Honor medallions are distributed during the line-up process or mailed with your diploma. Medallions can be worn by undergraduate candidates who achieve a scholastic average of 3.50 or higher in at least 50 graded credit hours completed at UND.
Official UND honor medallions are distributed to eligible undergraduate candidates only. Masters and doctoral students wear a hood to designate their academic achievement. (In a virtual ceremony, honor medallions will be mailed with diplomas.)
No, you do not need to sign up to participate. Just arrive 60 minutes prior to the ceremony. You will be given a card with your name and degree when you arrive. Just before you cross the stage, you will hand the card to the proctor, who will read your name as you cross the stage. (In a virtual ceremony, details will be emailed to graduates.)
Yes; UND may grant approval to allow specific honor cords to be worn to represent academic honors from a nationally recognized honor society. Advance approval must be received from the appropriate academic dean and from Ceremonies & University Events.
Approved honor cords:
- Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society; blue and gold cords
- Beta Alpha Psi - International Honor Society for Accounting Majors; red and white cords
- Beta Gamma Sigma - Honor Society accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International; worn by students and faculty members; blue and gold cords
- Epsilon Pi Tau - National Academic Honor Society for Technology; blue, gold and white cords
- Gamma Theta Upsilon - International Geographic Honor Society; blue, brown and gold cords
- Gamma Sigma Alpha - National Academic Honor Society for Greek Members; red and yellow cords
- Golden Key - International Honor Society; royal blue and gold cords
- IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu - Student Honor Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; gold cord with red & blue tassel
- Mortar Board - National College Honor Society; silver and gold cords
- NRHH - National Residence Hall Honor Society;blue and silver cord
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars -National society recognizing outstanding academic achievement and involvement on campus; gold and burgundy cords
- Order of Omega - National Leadership Academic Honor Society for Greek Members; gold and white cords
- Phi Alpha - National Social Work Honor Society; gold cords
- Phi Alpha Theta - History honor Society; red and blue cords
- Phi Beta Kappa - National Scholarship Honor Society for Liberal Arts and Sciences; pink and blue cords
- Phi Eta Sigma - Honor Society for First Year Students; black and gold cords
- Pi Alpha Alpha - National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration;light blue and gold cords
- Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society; gold and white cords
- Pi Theta Epsilon- National Occupational Therapy Honor Society; blue and gold cords
- Psi Chi - International Honor Society in Psychology; platinum and navy cords
- Sigma Gamma Epsilon - National Honor Society for Earth Sciences; gold, blue and silver cords
- Sigma Pi Sigma - National Honor Society for Physics; green and white cords
- Sigma Tau Delta -National Society for English representing high achievement in English language, literature, and writing; Cardinal red and black double strand cords
- Sigma Theta Tau - International Honor Society of Nursing; purple and white cords
- Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society; brown and white cords
- Tau Sigma - National Honor Society for Transfer Students; maroon and gold cords
- Theta Alpha Kappa - National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology; red cords
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon - International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines; maroon and white cords Diploma/Transcript
Visit UND Involvement for more information.
- UND Legacy Cords are given to students whose parents or grandparents graduated from UND. These green, white, and pink cords are given out at the Graduation Expo and in the line-up room prior to the commencement ceremony.
- Veterans graduating from UND and students who serve(d) in the U.S. military may wear red, white, and blue cords to honor them for their service. These cords are distributed by Veteran’s Services located in Room 170, McCannel Hall and in the line-up room prior to the ceremony.
- First Generation Cords are blue and green cords for those students who are the first in their immediate family to graduate with a four year degree. These cords are distributed at the Graduation Expo and in the line-up room prior to the commencement ceremony.
- Multicultural Enhancements:
- American Indian students can wear any of several pieces of traditional American Indian regalia including an eagle feather attached to their mortar board representing honesty, truth, courage and wisdom; beadwork representing their tribe; cultural designs on top of the mortar board, or traditional outfits under their gown.
- Woven cloths representing traditional patterns and designs signifying a graduate’s cultural heritage may be worn during the commencement ceremony.
- Hawaiian and Polynesian leis made from flower, vines, or leaves may be worn by students leaving UND as symbols of good luck, affection and appreciation.
A diploma folder is presented to each graduate during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after commencement to your diploma mailing address as indicated on Campus Connection. Please update your diploma mailing address in your graduation application within 10 days prior to graduation.
It will take approximately eight weeks to receive verification of your degree from your college, record this information on your permanent record, and prepare your diploma for mailing. If you need a transcript reflecting your earned degree, you may request a transcript be sent. Please mark "hold for degree" on your order form if your degree hasn't already been posted. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 701.777.2711.
Note: The University of North Dakota reserves the right to deny the release of a student's diploma if that student has any outstanding accounts receivable balance. Questions can be directed to One-Stop Student Services at 701.777.3911.