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Academics Alumni Special Events


December 10, 2022


Fieldhouse - North Washington Ave. Madison, SD 57042


Fall 2022 Commencement schedule


Friday, December 9

Dakota State University commencement.


A commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, December 9, 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.

Saturday, December 10

Hooding Ceremony

The Hooding Ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. to allow guests to be seated. No tickets are needed for this ceremony.

All masters and doctorate graduates should arrive in their regalia by 8:15 a.m. and go directly to the conference room area to line up.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and the Fieldhouse doors will open at 9:45 a.m. to allow guests to be seated.

All graduates, master's and doctorate graduates should arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the Madison Community Center double gym dressed in regalia. Enter through the Community Center doors.

North Washington Ave.
Madison, SD 57042


Reserved Seating/Tickets

Limited tickets are available and required for general admission bleacher seating for the Spring Commencement.

Special Accommodation Seating: Tickets are required for floor seating which is available for family or friends who are unable to sit in the bleachers.

The university will be following CDC standards and at this time no face coverings are required.

Questions? Please contact our events staff or call (605) 256-5666.

Commencement Details

Family & Friends

For All Students