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Graduates Information for: Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony

May 2018 will mark the 132nd undergraduate commencement at South Dakota State University.

10 a.m. Ceremony: College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, College of Nursing

2 p.m. Ceremony: College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

5 p.m. Ceremony: Masters and Doctoral degrees

Students are encouraged to park in Lot 166 West of the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. 


Cap and Gown

Spring 2018 RSVP will be available March 15.

Summer and Fall 2018 graduates who wish to walk in Commencement need to complete the Request to Participate in 2018 Commencement  (Early Walk RSVP) and return it to the Office of the Registrar by end of day Friday, March 23.

Students attending graduation ceremonies are encouraged to RSVP for their respective ceremony. At this time you can also order your cap and gown, and indicate how you would like your diploma delivered.

RSVP, order cap & gown


Graduation Deadlines/Timelines

Fall 2017

December 18, 2017Official 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
January 19, 2018Estimated date official transcripts (with degree posted) are available
March 2018

Diplomas mailed/Ready to pick up

April 25, 2018Deadline to RSVP Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony attendance via cbgrad.com
May 5, 2018

SDSU Graduation Ceremonies: Frost Arena

Spring 2018

January 26, 2018Deadline to submit a Spring 2018 Graduation Application via MyState
March 15, 2018cbgrad.com available for Spring 2018 graduates (Order diploma, cap, gown if applicable)
May 4, 2018Official Date of Graduation for Spring 2018
May 9, 2018All I and IP grades, as well as current coursework must be completed
May 9, 2018Official 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 15, 2018Estimated date official transcripts (with degree posted) are available
August 2018

Diplomas mailed/Ready to pick up

April 25, 2018Deadline to RSVP Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony attendance via cbgrad.com
May 5, 2018SDSU Graduation Ceremonies: Frost Arena

Summer 2018

June 15, 2018Deadline to submit a Summer 2018 Graduation Application via MyState
July 16, 2018cbgrad.com available for Summer 2018 graduates (Order diploma, cap, gown if applicable)
August 17, 2018Official Date of Graduation for Spring 2018
August 10, 2018All I and IP grades, as well as current coursework must be completed
August 10, 2018Official 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
September 21, 2018Estimated date official transcripts (with degree posted) are available
October 2018

Diplomas mailed/Ready to pick up

April 2, 2018RSVP Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony attendance via cbgrad.com
May 5, 2018SDSU Graduation Ceremonies: Frost Arena