DSU Fall Commencement

DSU Fall Commencement

Congratulations! You will soon achieve a milestone in your life when you graduate from Dakota State University at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, at the DSU Fieldhouse. The following information is provided to ensure that you and your family have an enjoyable day.

View livestream of 2017 Fall Commencement

View livestream of Master's Hooding Ceremony

Fall Graduates

ALL students planning to graduate this semester must complete this survey by November 12. Please complete the survey, even if you don’t plan to attend the ceremony.

  • If your situation has changed and you do not plan to graduate this semester, please email the DSU’s Registrar Office by November 12.

Academic Apparel

Regalia is ordered through the Trojan Center Bookstore at this link: http://www.cbgrad.com/school/DAKSU. The last day to order your regalia is Sunday, November 19, 2017.

  • Associate’s Apparel Unit includes: black cap, gown, tassel, year tab
  • Bachelor’s Apparel Unit includes: black cap, gown, tassel, year tab
  • Master’s Apparel Unit includes: black cap, Master sleeve gown, hood, year tab
    • A hood is required to participate in the special master’s hooding ceremony at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.
  • Doctoral Apparel Unit includes: black cap, gown with velvet chevrons, tassel, hood, year tab
    • A hood is required to participate in the doctorate hooding ceremony at commencement.
    • Custom regalia is available through the Trojan Center Bookstore. The deadline to order is Saturday, October 28.

Graduation Announcements | Class Rings | Diploma Frames

 If you have questions on academic apparel, announcements, frames or jewelry options please email or phone (605)256-5238.

Legacy Cords / International Stoles

  • Legacy Cords. Do you have a family member who is a DSU Alumni? Please complete this section of the survey so you can be recognized at commencement. For more information about this new tradition, please contact the DSU Alumni Office.
  • International Stoles. Please contact the International Programs Office for more information. 

Reserved Seating/Tickets

  • General Bleacher Seating. No tickets are required to attend the ceremony.
  • Special Accommodation Seating. Tickets are required for special accommodation floor seating. To request floor seating tickets or to notify us of special needs (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, vision or hearing impairment, etc.) that we need to accommodate in our planning, please complete the survey referenced above as soon as possible.
  • Questions? Please contact events@dsu.edu or phone 605) 256-5666.  


A commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, December 8, at 4:15 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse. You are encouraged to attend this practice session so you will be familiar with:

  • the location where graduates meet,
  • the line of march,
  • and the procedures for the ceremony.

For the benefit of our master’s and doctoral graduates, we will also quickly walk through the hooding procedure.

For your convenience, the Trojan Center Bookstore will remain open until 6 p.m. on Friday, December 8. 

Master’s Hooding Ceremony

A special hooding ceremony to honor our master’s graduates will be held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Convention Center at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse dressed in your regalia by 8:30 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony

The commencement march will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and the Fieldhouse doors will open at 9:30 a.m. to allow guests to be seated. The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

  • Graduates, please arrive at the Madison Community Center double gym dressed in your regalia by 9:45 a.m.
  • Please do not leave purses or anything of value in the Madison Community Center double gym as it will not be staffed during the ceremony. DSU/MCC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Commencement Speaker

Daniel ReedDaniel A. Reed, Ph.D.

Daniel A. Reed is University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics, and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Medicine at the University of Iowa. He recently completed a term of service as the university’s Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  Previously, he was Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft's long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company's associated policy engagement with governments and institutions worldwide.

Before joining Microsoft, Professor Reed was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served as Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. Prior to that, he was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid (now XSEDE), the world’s largest open computing infrastructure for scientific research.

Professor Reed has served as a member of a wide variety of policy groups, including the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), where the co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology committee; he also served on the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and currently serves on its government affairs committee. He has been a member of the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Council and currently chairs the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) and the steering committee of the National Science Foundation’s Midwest Big Data Hub.

Professor Reed is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE and the AAAS. He received his B.S. from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in computer science.

When he is not working, his hobbies include creative writing and astrophotography. He has been married to the love of his life for over thirty years.


A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate. Photos may be purchased directly from the Lifetouch Special Events. Guests may take their own photographs during the ceremony, but must remain outside of the candidate seating area, in order to ensure an enjoyable ceremony for all candidates. Guests will have time after the ceremony to take personal photographs on the stage, near the commencement flags and other spots within and around the DSU Fieldhouse.

Graduates’ Reception

The Graduates’ Reception will be held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Convention Center immediately following the commencement ceremony. This reception is intended to provide an opportunity for you to relax and visit with family, classmates, and DSU faculty/staff while enjoying cake and punch.


For more information, please email graduation@dsu.edu.


Parking is available along Washington Avenue, in the lot north of the Dakota Prairie Playhouse and in the gravel lot directly west of the Fieldhouse.

Fall 2017 Graduation DVD

Fall 2017 Graduation DVD Order Form

The cost is $10 per DVD. DVDs will be mailed within 10 business days following graduation. If you have any questions, please email video@dsu.edu with a subject line of Graduation DVD Order.