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Information for Graduates

Graduation Deadlines/Timelines

South Dakota State University is committed to having in-person Commencement Ceremonies this May. Plans are fluid and dates, times and locations are subject to change as they will evolve with the ever-changing environment created by COVID-19.

Following student RSVPs on April 23, a six-ticket seating pod will be sent directly to the student for dissemination. No tickets are available for purchase. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Colleges of:  

10a.m. Ceremony
Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Natural Sciences

4:00p.m. Ceremony
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Sunday, May 9, 2021 

Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Colleges of: 

10a.m. Ceremony
Education and Human Sciences
Nursing

4p.m. Ceremony
Engineering
Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
 

A listing of colleges and departments can be found here.

Spring 2021 Graduates RSVP - Deadline April 23

  • Visit your MyState Dashboard
  • Scroll to the Forms section
  • Under D, select Diploma Order Request
  • Submit your Commencement RSVP and diploma pickup/mailing preference
  • Order your regalia at cbgrad.com

Past Graduate Participants (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020)

Submit the  Past Graduate RSVP Form by Friday, April 23. You can order your regalia online through CB Grad.

Fall 2020

DateDetails 
January 22, 2021Estimated date official transcripts (with degree posted) are available 
March 15, 2021

Diplomas mailed/Ready to pick up at Registrar's Office

 

Spring 2021 

DateDetails
January 29, 2021Deadline to submit a Spring 2021 Graduation Application via MyState
February 26, 2021cbgrad.com available for Spring 2021 graduates (Order cap, gown if applicable)
February 26, 2021RSVP for Commencement ceremonies and Diploma Request Order Form available in MyState
March 26, 2021Deadline for Summer 2021 Graduates (Early Walkers) to RSVP. 
April 23, 2021Last day for Spring 2021 Graduates to RSVP 
May 7, 2021Official Date of Graduation for Spring 2021 (degree date)
May 8, 2021Commencement ceremonies.
May 12, 2021All I and IP grades, as well as current coursework must be completed
May 12, 2021Official transcripts for transfer credits (whether or not required for degree) must be received in the
Registrar's Office. Note: Transcripts from BHSU, DSU, NSU, SDSM&T, or USD do not need to be submitted
June 18, 2021Estimated date official transcripts (with degree posted) are available
July 15, 2021

Diplomas mailed/Ready to pick up at Registrar's Office