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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Preparing to Graduate

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Final Steps to Completing the Certificate or Master's Degree Program

During the Semester of your graduation

  • Note: University policy requires graduate students to register for at least one credit during the semester that they plan to graduate.
  • Details about graduation, including a checklist from the Graduate Studies can be reviewed at

The following forms should be completed by the students and signed by the committee members. Both of these are then submitted to Graduate Studies.

  • Application for Graduation.
  • Recommendation for Awarding the Certificate/Master's degree

Deadlines for submitting the forms as well as the Alternate Plan Paper and Thesis are at

The department does not require written or oral comprehensive exams. An oral defense of the thesis is required with committee members.

Note: Students completing a certificate should complete the Application for Graduation form and have it signed by their advisor and submitted to Graduate Studies. There is no need for Recommendation for Awarding the Degree. There is also no fee required.

Alternate Plan Paper no longer must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research

Hooding Ceremony

In addition to the university commencement ceremony, the College of Education conducts a hooding ceremony during the morning of commencement. Graduates are called up to the stage and individually hooded by faculty. Family members are welcome at this ceremony.